Final Entry ( 9756 Miles)
Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
53Trip End Sep 24, 2008
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The final ride leg of the journey was probably the longest of all of them. Not so much in time or distance, it just felt that way. Weather was OK until I hit Florida then it started to rain. I pulled over and put on my rain gear and managed to lay the jacket over the pipes and burn a big hole in them. Not so good for keeping dry. Plus it smelled horrible as the gunk burned on the pipes as I was riding. Just as I got a few miles from home the rain quit. It was very strange but nice to finally be home after such a long adventure. I was ready to come home but really have a burning desire to do it again. All in total I rode 9756 miles. Total money donated was around $300.00 and thank you to all who donated. This was forwarded on to the charity.
So now what happened next? Well I spent several weeks finishing building a patio and screen room on the house, which is where I now sit writing this entry. In late October I met a young lady by the name of Johanna. She was visiting from Atlanta. We hit it off and I spent time traveling back and forth to Atlanta. Johanna relocated with me to Tampa in January and we are quite happy. She loves to ride (as a passenger) so the next adventure we will be able to do together. As you can imagine, Ride with Joe took a back seat to all of the life issues. I launched a new business (www.st6.com) and am building that at the moment while riding in my spare time. The site (travelpod.com) where I posted all of my travels and this final entry was very useful, however, I have been evaluating many alternatives with all of the things that I have learned from this ride and doing technology reasearch since coming back. I am in the process of transposing this entire adventure to a new site that will be more of a personal blog site where I can stay in touch with all of my dedicated followers. I am also heavily integrating into the social networking scene with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and the like. Stay tuned for more information on that as I complete the finishing touches on the New Improved Ride with Joe. I still have big plans and intend on doing more and more trips both smaller and larger than this one. I hope everyone has enjoyed following me as much as I have enjoyed sharing my adventure. It certainly has been a life altering experince and I can only hope that everyone has the opportunity to experience something of this magitude in their lives.
God Bless and keep the shiny side up!