A few times in one's life, opportunities and experiences come a long that forever change and enhance your life. This past week I've been lucky enough to live one of those moments. RAGBRAI 2007 is now a thing of the past, but the fun, laughter, and friendships will continue to live on for many years to come.
When I decided to pursue this adventure I knew it would be physically demanding, sometimes so much that I'd want to throw in the towel and hop the sag wagon. What I didn't expect was the laughter, the dancing, the saddle sores, the meaningful conversations, the quiet comfortable silences, the hugs, the tears, the beauty, and the love.
Today as I continue to physically recover and emotionally process the whole experience, I find myself flooded with emotion. My eyes fill with tears and my heart misses my peeps more than I ever imagined possible. All day people have asked how my week was and it feels so understating to simply say I had a wonderful time. Even now, trying to put my feelings into words, I am lost and find myself just staring at the pictures and recalling the memories with a mixture of smiles and tears.
Laura, Elaine, Carlos, and Jason... I love you all. You are each such beautiful people and I'm so honored to have spent a week in your presence. You each played an important role in getting me through the week, whether it was encouragement to get back on my bike, to keep on pedaling, or laughter at the end of the day, I would have never made it without you. You will each always have a piece of my heart. Dance on my friends!
Jason, lil bro...thank you so much for your support and encouragement. I love that I got to have this experience with you. To get a better understanding of who you are. To see your strengths and your weaknesses. I miss you already. I love you.
Of course, many thanks also goes out to my family who held down the fort while I was gone. Scott, your support and selfless willingness to become a single parent for a week so that I could go on this adventure means more to me than you will ever know. To my two little girlies, thank you for your strength, which every day encourages me to be a better person and a better mommy.
I think it's going to take some time to fully process the whole experience. At the same time I'm doing my best to be mindful of living in the present and not getting lost in the past...after all I'm just coming off a whole week of FULLY experiencing the present. But while I'm living the present, I can look to the future as so begins the countdown to '08!