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August 17, 2017 - Concluding Post From Home in Toledo, Ohio

By meriwether, Aug 19 2017 02:09PM

It DOES feel mighty fine to be home at last . . . my U.S. Perimeter Ride has officially come to a conclusion!  It was two years ago today on August 17, 2015, that I pedaled out of Toledo and set off for the East Coast, not knowing how long the ride would go and if I would be able to pedal the entire perimeter . . . just hoping to make it out of Ohio. 

I arrived home on Monday, 8/14/17, around 3:00, having completed the circuit of the country. My last day's ride of 50 or so miles from Defiance to Toledo was exceptional under sunny skies and comfortable temperatures - really quite ideal riding conditions. I have to say that riding Old U.S. 24  which follows the Maumee River from Fort Wayne to Toledo had to be one of the most pleasant jaunts of the journey. It snakes its way along the winding course of the river, often tree lined and shady, and carries very little traffic since the new U.S. 24 has come into being. The condition of the roadway is excellent, and puts many of the country roads in other midwestern states to shame.  Yes . . . talking about you, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota! So good on you, Indiana and Ohio! 

About halfway between Defiance and Toledo, I was met by my friend Marsha - who had hosted me down in Florida - and her cycling friend Alvin. They had pedaled out to meet me and ride with me the final 30 or so miles. Along with Jim, their sag wagon driver, they had prepared a tasty lunch of roast beef, potatoes, green beans, and fresh fruit - to be sure, not the typical mid-day fare I was used to during the course of my ride. We dined in style in Neapolis after WTOL Channel 11 caught up with me there for a final interview, and then hopped on the Wabash Cannonball Trail for the final push to my home in Sylvania Township (Toledo). 

After greeting my sister Pat and niece Amy at my house, I headed over to Buffalo Wild Wings where some people from different segments of my life had gathered to toast and quaff a few beers - fraternity brothers, boyhood friends and neighbors,  Maumee Valley Habitat For Humanity folks, and some tennis chums. 

And that brought it to an end as I rode the final half mile back to my house, and pushed Floyd into the garage . . . and . . . was that a sigh of relief I heard from Floyd?  

Just a few images from the final day’s ride, as well as a huge thank you to all of you for your words of encouragement and support for my U.S. Perimeter Ride, and your support for the two causes for which I rode:  Save The Children and Habitat For Humanity. 

Alan Thompson

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