The day had finally come. I had butterflies in my stomach all morning just thinking about the ride into the capital. We had a donut and coffee breakfast before riding the 10 miles to stage up at the George Washington University. I rode with Joe and Ryan, which was neat since we were all from Virginia Tech. We took a bunch of pictures at stage up of our van groups and whatnot because we knew we wouldn’t have time at the capital. Here is the Rondo team (Drew, myself, Dave, and Grant).
Here are the guys on our team with the best tan lines of the summer.
Build America rode in first in the vans, followed by the Trans team, the South team, and then us. We had a police escort, which allowed us to ride on Constitution Ave into the capital. It was pretty spectacular.
I couldn’t spot my family on the actual ride in because there was so much going on. We rode past everyone standing on the capitol lawn and then walked up on the lawn into our picture formation. A few people from Push America said a few words and then we finally got to say hi to our families and take pictures. During the speeches, I was able to spot my family because of the poster my sister had made for me and the family flag my aunt was flying.
After all the pictures, we headed to the Hyatt hotel, where we all had rooms, and changed for lunch. We went out to lunch with my family, Ryan’s family, Alison and her parents (who we didn’t know were coming so thank you guys), and Joe’s family. After dinner, we had an awards reception where the VT riders represented very well. Everyone headed to the Dubliner after to celebrate an incredible summer.
I can honestly say this was the best summer of my life and am so thankful for everyone that helped make it possible.