|Back on the saddle!|
We lost 3 days of cycling due to the accident, but can make up for one day and extend our arrival back into Saigon on April 30th instead of the 29th. Everybody who was still in Tinh Gia and Hanoi collectively met together in Pho Chau, bypassing the ride to Do Luong and the ride to Pho Chau.
Our next stop was Huong Khe. It was a great day to get back on the road considering what everyone had been through the past few days. It was only a 54 km ride, the road conditions were perfect, and the countryside was very lovely to stare at. I could tell that everyone was doing their best to ride as safe as possible and take the time to tune their minds back in to a positive and happy riding mode. However, each truck horn I heard felt like a knife in my heart having to think of Becky still sitting in the hospital. It’s going to take some more time for those beats not to sting.
|We ride for Becky!|
Personally, I really needed these nice road conditions to regain my own focus and strength to continue to lead the team home. I have all the confidence in the world that we’re going to make it. Everyone is now so alert and aware with each of our senses heightened. The bonds that have been formed in such a small amount of time are so genuine and incredible especially after how everyone worked together to ensure the best outcome for Becky. There is so much camaraderie, sportsmanship and friendship amongst all of us and we are more determined than ever to complete this and ride in honor of Becky.
The quote of the day: “Sometimes, when tragedy strikes, people give up hope that they can expect anything more from life, when the real quest is finding out what life expects from them.” –Richard Paul Evans
On that note, I have to go join the team at the lake to enjoy a couple of cold ones before the sun sets.
Words by Andrea