WOW! That is all I can say. It was an absolutely INCREDIBLE ride, an incredible journy learning who I am and what I can accomplish and what I foolishly think I can’t accomplish. Thank goodness for Chris Sakala beating the self-doubt out of me.
So, for those who didn’t follow the IBA official postings, I finished the rally. Gold Medal, 20th place overall, top female. Incredible stuff for me personally. My goals will be a little loftier next time! 🙂
I spoke with my mother a couple times during the rally. She was following along with the official daily reports and now realizes what I do, even if she doesn’t understand why, I got the impression that she respects the level of dedication that is required to even make it to the start line, let alone finish, such an event. To quote mom, “this is a big deal, isn’t it?” That’s a bit of an understatement, but yes, it’s a big deal.
Gosh, the people I need to thank are too numerous to even start. But off the top of my head – Roger for his help with the bike in the months/years before the rally; Chris Sakala (in the rally with me) and Paul Taylor (rally winner in 2003) for some serious ass kicking motivation; Don for big time moron support (yes, I meant to say moron) and dragging my tired ass home. I’d still be in Nebraska if Don didn’t drag me home and guard me for a nap in a truck stop when I simply couldn’t go on. And Walt. Geez. None of this would be remotely possible without Walt. And I’m already starting to talk about 2011… Don and I have all sorts of plans!
Oh! How could I leave out the shuttle driver in Santa Ana! SAVED MY ASS! Well, something close to my ass that only women have… I needed a trip to CVS and my man not only drove me, but waited while I made a purchase and brought me back to the hotel so I could get some sleep and not have to call cabs and all that nonsense. He deserves a big thank you – he had no idea how important that was, but he cheerfully helped me out anyway! Wish I knew his name. Will definitely be sending a note to the manager of that hotel!
More to follow, I’ve got so much going on right now and really need to get some sleep, but I am so happy with everything! Except of course the big tragedy of the rally – the passing of a friend who I didn’t know for long, or know well, but knew he was a very special man. Davo Jones, may you ride on in heaven. You will be sorely missed on earth.