Does anyone else feel like this week has flown by? Even driving 20 mph (or sometimes less) across Nevada seems to have gone faster this year, and I’d love to have a couple more days to spend with this amazing group of people.
I got the opportunity to drive behind the team, or the last person for 2 and a half days this year, and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it! I did miss getting to spend the time with Darcie at the stops, but the good thing is that there is always someone else who is going to make sure her bottles were filled, or feed her, and ultimately me lunch. Thank you Vickie, and Marsha for taking such good care of her!
It was a different year….People who have been strong in the past struggled, and those who have been steady every year emerged to help lead. I was honored to drive behind Jason and Todd in those moments that I know they wished had been different, but ultimately became some of the most touching moments of the ride for me.
So what do you take away from this experience at the end of the week? I’ve watched Jason suffer in silence when he crashed two years ago….I watched him this time open up and accept the help of his team, and he became a bigger man to me, and once again gained my respect! I watched a team work together to protect each other, I saw them place the ones who needed it in the middle and get them all to the end together……I saw them all hot and suffering and yet continue to encourage each other. I saw members of the team gently pushing another at the end of the day when heat was at it’s worse…and I mean physically pushing them with a hand on their back to keep them moving….
And I see a group of men that day after day loves their little “sister” Darcie while knowing full well that she is every bit as strong as them, and she stepped in to protect them from the in wind, or keeping the team together. I cannot love them more for the way they treat her!
This ride is not about individual accomplishments….it’s not about being first or last, it’s about the journey together, and for that I cannot be more honored to be a part of it.
Our support team was just awesome! I tried to explain what we do to one of the new drivers before the ride…and I don’t know that I can do it justice in words….
Lastly – because I am responsible for the social media – thank you, thank you, thank you for the literal hundreds of you who have commented and read the posts. I cannot tell you how much it means to the riders to get that constant support as the days go by!