The group makes a decision that it is best to rip off the bandage and split ways. Celebrating my birthday was the last hoorah! Now, Taylor departs at 5 a.m. while Annalisa and I take a rest day.
Group Dynamics of a Three Month Trip
We decided to rip off the bandaid.
Taylor is inspired by the Trans Am cyclists to do more miles and maybe finish the trail by July 24th. She could then fly home to New Orleans for a wedding.
Annalisa and I have our blogs to maintain and long days give us no energy to write.
The tug-of-war between long miles and shorter days would not magically disappear. Therefore, a big celebration marks a perfect time to say goodbye.
Meeting a Stranger
I did not know Taylor before this trip. Neither did Annalisa.
We met on a bike forum.
Taylor has been an inspiration by being such a powerful rider each and every day. She is the navigator, group alarm clock, chef, and the representation of the South.
I cannot wait to cheer her on one day in the Trans Am race.
We hope to see you soon. But maybe like Ben Afflect to Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, maybe her departing is the best thing at this moment in life: