Bike and Kayak Tour – Day 15: WE DID IT! Sal and I rolled into Yorktown on schedule for a 3 p.m. welcome ceremony at the Victory Monument, overcoming a series of obstacles and challenges to deliver the two-week odyssey we promised. The day’s 74-mile ride began at 7:35 a.m. at the Hanover Tavern and was proceeding uneventfully until one of the bike’s tires picked up a 1.25-inch nail in Toano, about 25 miles from Yorktown.
Fortunately, Sal, with his years of expertise in dealing with bicycles, removed the wheel, replaced the punctured tube with a spare and we were soon on our way through increasing heat and humidity. Dave Meredith videoed Sal as he rode into town in triumph toward the Monument and a gathering of 20 people.
After a photo session, I slipped off to kiss the Monument and offer a quick prayer of thanks to God for helping Sal and me to arrive safely.
We were feted during a reception at nearby York Hall, receiving a proclamation from Walt Zaremba, a member of the York County Board of Supervisors, representing Chair Chad Green and the entire board.
Dave presented us with commemorative coins.
The delightful gathering broke up around 5 p.m. after a final round of photos and Sal and I were on the road 10 minutes later.
It had not yet sunk in that, except for a few miles of kayaking in Boston Harbor next week, our odyssey had been successfully completed. Rather than spend another night with the Merediths and make the entire trip home tomorrow, we drove back to Sal’s brother’s home in Princeton, New Jersey, arriving at 11:40 p.m.