Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Final Post

Hey Everyone!
Sorry for the long delay--it's like one adventure ended and another one started right away.
The final days of our bike trip took us through Tennessee and Virginia. Virginia was more beautiful than I ever imagined and the riding was excellent, small roads and rolling hills, and would have been extraordinary except for the dogs. The dogs were truly awful. We were barked at, snarled at, chased, and snapped at continuously. It was really scary (so, so scary) at first but then I started thinking about how I was going to get through Virginia because I obviously couldn't quit and the dogs were not going to get any better. So I decided that I was going to be bigger and meaner than those dogs and put them in their place. I figured out pretty quickly that if I told them to get back and hush up in a stern tone of voice they almost always listened. I would holler at them and they would stop chasing and turn around and go away. It was a good practice in being assertive.

Our final stop was Forest, VA at Dave's aunt and uncle's house. Their house is very beautiful and we stayed with them for a few days. Willis was in Aruba when we got there but Shelia took really good care of us. We had about 12 hours of down time before our trip shifted from biking to wedding/family events. It's sort of been like the Olympics, except with no medals--just lots of events.

The first event was David Sr's surprise birthday party where I met a lot of Daltons. They're a really fun group--lots of laughing and joking--my kind of people. The second event was the car ride to Syracuse, 9 hours in the car with Dave's uncles, Willis and Mark. They're funny and Dave got picked on a lot, in a loving sort of way.

When we made it to Syracuse it was time for dinner with the bride and groom (Robert and Kellie), the best man, the Uncles, and Carmen and David Sr. Then Dave and I had a beer Robert and the best man and then I went to bed. Now there's shopping to be done, hair to be cut, a wedding to rehearse, another birthday to celebrate--madness, truly.

I do have some profound, interesting thoughts about the bike trip. There are a lot of things that I've learned about myself, about Dave, and the nature and complexities of relationships. I have a new perspective on America and the American way of life, I've thought a lot about cars, food, freeways, scenery, people, kindness, racism, politics, communications, and television. But I can't articulate my thoughts right now because I have to get my hair done and find a dress to wear to a wedding. Hopefully I'll be able to think of way to share with you (my loyal fans) my thinking around this trip but you'll have to be patient.

In the mean time, I miss Portland so much my heart hurts when I think about it. All of you who live in Portland, especially those of you who are like me and have lived there all your lives, are blessed. Portland is an oasis. Thanks Mom and Dad, for raising me in such an incredible community.

Much love,


Kendal said...

Thanks for posting this, Catie! You and Dave are amazing people and I am so happy to know you. I also miss Portland so much it hurts. You'll be there soon, and I'll be there soonish!

Nick said...

Sorry I didn't get your call when you were motoring through PA. Sounds like this is not quite your last post though. We need at least one more set of pictures, and we need that wrap up post of deep thoughts.

Then we need your puppy blog.

Jen said...

Puppy?! You're getting a puppy? Oh, how fun! I was going to comment about deep thoughts, your pictures etc...but a Puppy trumps all that! Yah for puppies!

dam13n said...
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dam13n said...

Congrats Dave and Catie on making it through the adventure! You two are freaking amazing!


Auntie Shawna said...

We are glad that you had a safe and successful journey. Remember Coeur d'Alene is also a biker friendly town...Lance Armstrong has even been biking here!

Take care,
Ty, Shawna, Kenzie & Sydney

daithí said...

Hi Catie and Dave! Realy Enjoyed reading the blog. Lazy Cormac has to finish ours. It sucks not to be cycling across USA anymore! I'll email you. Well we split up just after we split with you guys but made the trip to the Atlantic on our own. Cormac met 7 other guys from Portland to cycle with to NY. I went to Washington DC and on to Dellaware. We are friends again now!!!
Hey, a few things for you to remember....

Feed your puppy.
Europe summer 2010.

Talk to you soon!
Lots of love,