Journey of Hope Kickoff - June 7
Today was the big day! Our cyclists kicked off from the Golden Gate Bridge and traveled 75 miles to Napa, California. We kicked off about 15 minutes late, which is pretty good considering all of the stuff that goes into kickoff.
Of course the first thing I did today was miss my exit and lead 2 other crew vans astray right off the bat. We quickly corrected that mistake, and started marking turns for the cyclists. We had a few guys part way through the day who had bike issues and missed out on some of the ride, but we got almost all of them back on the road by these end of the day.
I will say that today was probably one of the most stressful things I have ever experienced. The crew has so much Self imposed pressure and drive to keep the cyclists moving. We had to red flag (stop the cyclists at a crew stop) a few times So that we could stay ahead of them, but in the scheme of things we did really well.
in the heat of the moment I forgot to apply sunscreen, so I might have acquired some sunburns today, I'll know in the morning for sure. Tomorrow I will be sure to apply sunscreen because it is supposed to reach 103 in Sacramento tomorrow.
After arriving in Napa we showered (my first one in like 3 days!) and then headed out for our friendship visit. The friendship visit was with a group of people with disabilities who are in a softball league. It is tradition that they have their award ceremony when the Journey of Hope comes through. I met a lot of awesome people and ate some awesome food.
Once again I was reminded that these people just wanted to be treated with respect and kindness. They were all so happy to see us, and many of them were asking for os to sign a map of our route for them.
After the long day of work and friendship visits we washed the vans because we have a big arrival in Sacramento tomorrow. It was fun, maybe next time we wash the vans I'll go into detail about how we keep it fun.
After that out Project Manager took us out for ice cream at McDonalds. It was good! We then had a crew meeting, and I filled my cooler with ice and water for tomorrow. Now it is time for bed. We don't have to be up tomorrow until 5:15!