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Journey across America—The final chapter Guest blogger

Breanna Dobbe has done it! Breanna has completed her Journey Across America, arriving in San Francisco last week. I’d like to thank Breanna for taking time out of her hectic schedule to allow The Tiger Beat readers to share her journey. Congratulations, Breanna! Here’s her final entry:

Sorry it’s been so long. The last few rides were long and we didn’t have internet access.

Well, we’ve made it to San Francisco. Even though one would think that even after biking 3,500+ miles, it wouldn’t still be astonishing that we actually did leave on bicycles from Florida. Finally reaching the Golden Gate bridge was such an amazing feeling (especially after riding across Nevada on the Loneliest Highway in America—yes that’s the actual name—and 20 out of 27 people getting the plague). “The plague” is the name that we gave to the stomach flu/food poisoning that most of us got. To quote one of the girls on the trip, “Nevada sucks out your soul.”

We spent two days in Tahoe, which ended up being one of my favorite places, followed by the one of the most beautiful and cutest towns I’ve ever been in—Downieville, Calif. Nothing compares to the feeling that I got when I finally reached the point in San Francisco where the Golden Gate bridge was peeking at us through the fog. I managed not to cry until after I crossed the bridge and saw my mom standing there with her camera. It’s been almost 8 months since I’ve been home and seen her, so needless to say it was a really emotional time.

Overall, Bike and Build and this great journey have helped me to see the country and myself in a different way. I feel, however, that to really notice how much it has or hasn’t changed me I’ll need a couple of days to get back into “the real world” and really soak up what I’ve just experienced and accomplished. I don’t think that some people thought that I would actually follow through with this, and many thought I was crazy. I’d love to hear what many think about me actually considering doing it again in two years—I’m currently starting the process of working with the organization and the director to help design a completely new route for the summer of 2009.

I am also doing an Independent Study project for school using the photographs that I’ve taken and the journal entries that I’ve kept in my personal journal, and if anyone would be interested in taking a look at the final copy once it’s done please feel free to let me know. My email address is brd8446@rit.edu. I hope that everyone enjoyed reading this and following me along on this great journey.


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