The Grand Finale

3 Oct

DAY 70 — Mineral, VA (Volunteer Fire Station, Multi purpose room stage) to Williamsburg, VA (College of William and Mary, Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Basement floor).

Total mileage: 127.0
(Additional vitals are unavailable due to bike computer meltdown).

Cue the celebratory ballads. Roll out the red carpet and position the fireworks. Today is our last day on the TransAmerica Trail.

Yesterday’s ride was our most epic on record. We biked 127 miles, or 2.9% of our entire route, in a single day. We did this because we had to make it to Yorktown, VA by today; but more importantly, we did this because we felt compelled to give one final push towards the finish line. We wanted our penultimate riding day to be a memorable and tremendous culmination of our efforts.

With only three pit stops for coffee, bagels and lox, ice cream, chips, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, we churned out our second 100+ mile ride in a row. We flew by church signs that read “fight truth decay, study your bible daily” and “life is fragile, handle with prayer.” We pedaled past historical plantations and battlefield sites. We didn’t stop to interact with the scenery, though, so my memory of eastern Virginia’s landscape is blurred.

At that level of physical intensity, for that amount of time, we couldn’t help but enter an altered state of consciousness. If there is such a thing as biker’s high, we were well on our way to an overdose.

Somewhere between the rushes of adrenaline and the complete depletion of energy, we occupied a meditative, nearly hallucinogenic space for hours. It was fun to see what our bodies are capable of, and how our brains respond to a draining endurance battle. Through brute determination, we showed our minds who’s boss.

After staking our claim to a sticky corner of linoleum floor in a fraternity basement at the College of William and Mary, we walked to the nearest all-you-can-eat restaurant. We feasted at a Chinese buffet and, although we wanted to party all night long, collapsed into our sleeping bags and went straight to sleep.

Today, 71 days after our start on the other end of this nation, we will pedal the remaining 13 miles to Yorktown, VA with smiles wider than this continent. The Yorktown Victory Monument is waiting to award us with hard-fought splendor and glory.

This illustrious level of achievement doesn’t come around very often, so we intend to celebrate in high fashion. In the meantime, we are off to the colonial streets to do some fine champagne and cigar shopping.

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10 Responses to “The Grand Finale”

  1. Brooke October 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    So incredibly proud of you! We are dying to celebrate with you, so as soon as you’ve completed your victory lap of the east coast, get you ass back here so we can pour a bucket of Gatorade over your head.

  2. Mikhail October 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    Very produ of both of you! Great new legends in the Singer and Drabkin tribes.

  3. brian collentine October 5, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    congrats. what an epic journey. kick it back sweet and enjoy not getting on a bike tomorrow! looking forward to seeing you back in SF.

  4. Elliot's Grampa October 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    My redition of the last moments!!!!!
    Eliot’s parents and I were waiting at the momument for their arrival, we expected them to be comig up the main strret. It was rainind and we had set uo chamoaigne glasses to celebrate, standing around talking, waiting, waiting, and looking down the street them were coming from. Nothing,,, and the I turned around and there the were comind in behind us, smoking celebration cigars! We held up signs that read Elliot and David, Trans con ride, and Mazel Tov. We hugged and kissed and then looked them over. They looked fantastic, lean and lanky and elated. We broke out the champaigne , drank two bottles and then the guys ran into the ocean [ 60 degrees] and swam around , then prceded to dunk the bike wheels into the ocean as a way for them to seal the trip!
    It was a very special sight never to be forgotten. After drying up and stacking the bikes on the car it was back to the hotel and steak dinners.Well earned!
    I did not stop beaming , so proud of them both.

  5. Inesa October 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    A big Thank you to Elliot’s grandpa for this last post! I wish I could be there, but reading you account is the next thing to being there!
    David’s mom

  6. Susan Pearlman October 5, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    David and Elliot, I add my congratulations to all the other ones here. What an accomplishment! It’s a tribute to your focus, determination, and endurance. When it was hard, you were able to grit your teeth and just keep going. For the rest of your lives, you’ll know that nothing is beyond you if you really want it.

    You two also really know what friendship is. I am awed by the quality of your bond and the way that your friendship brings out the best in each of you. You’re great models for the rest of us.

    Thanks for sharing your journey through this eloquent blog and through your photos. I feel privileged to have shared a tiny portion of your trip and to have been able to follow you the rest of the way through your website.

    And thanks so much to Elliot’s Grandpa for his vivid picture of the last triumphant moments and your happy reunion. How wonderful that you could be there! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. Mikhail Drabkin October 8, 2010 at 4:35 am #

    Thanks to Elliot’ Grandpa for the wonderful image of this finale.

    Thanks to all people and places that were named, filmed and not, in the blog, for helping and supporting, inquiring and encouraging – thus making the trip meaningful moment-by-moment. I believe that meeting this America meant as much as their gumption and will.

    David’s dad

  8. Jay Singer October 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

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  9. John Swan October 11, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    Cool stuff David. Good seeing you in NY at siggys again. Catch you around!

    John Swan!

  10. Ruthe Blecher October 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    Welcome to Yorktown, Va. And October 3, 2010. Your incredible journey will
    stay with me for the rest of my days and surely for yours. My pride is
    uncharted and endless and a guide into a glorious future for you both.
    Dear David and Dear Elliot. You are blessed to have each other as a friend
    and wonderful supportive parents who can now also be proud and grateful for
    your safe return. My continued heartfelt wishes for glowing days of
    resourcefulness, fulfillment and bountiful good health to enjoy your future.
    Hugs from Nana .

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