Today we got our cyclists. Crew travel is now over, and it is time for orientation! We'll be going over a lot of the same stuff that we went over in crew training, so it won't be the most exciting. Meeting all of they cyclists who we will be spending the next two months with will be really cool though.
My job today was primarily to shuttle cyclists from the airport to the hotel as they arrived. I picked up a total of 4 cyclists, and then returned to the hotel.
It is crazy to think that we just added 27 people to our little team. Until now it has just been the core 9 crew members and we have developed quite a bond. With time the cyclists will share a similar connection with us, but for now it is kinda weird.
I have already gotten to know a few of the cyclists, and they really are great people who are undertaking this journey for amazing personal reasons. I am excited to get to know these guys better over the next few months.
Today was the first day that I really started feeling a lack of sleep, it is going to be a struggle to get used to waking up before 6:00 am. Tonight I am looking at getting 6-6.5 hours of sleep. Orientation is a crazy time, so I expect once it is over I will be able to squeeze an extra hour into my routine.
Tomorrow is our very first friendship visit with people with disabilities (the reason for this whole trip). I am a little nervous, but also excited! We will as a team be making an impact on these people simply by treating them like people and friends. Some of these groups that we will be visiting this summer plan for months for our arrival, and it will be the event of the year for them.