La tour de Connecticut /le tour de Cheyenne

Steven Boseman - Ayden, NC

La tour de Connecticut /le tour de Cheyenne
One year I was deciding i wanted to do something crazy like wanting to run across NC but i wanted to do it on a bike due to the fact that running would take to long. So i planned on doing this 500 mile trip from the blue ridge mountains to the Atlantic beach however my friend (Cheyenne) had the idea to wanting to see me and i was like hey that's awesome ill be able to see the east coast of the the US :D so i changed my mind set a date which would be in the summer and begin training doing long rides and getting my body ready for the hours and hours of riding for the summer. januray winters days were cold and harsh, mother nature showed me no mercy and it gradually got worse coming in march and may with blistering heat but i was determined i was going to do this tour. June had finally rolled around and I was feeling anxiety I felt i did not have the strength to do this and was about to give up but Cheyenne had made me promise that i would do this and a promise was a promise so I trained harder this trip would take me 9 days to reach if i did a relaxed pace. finally june 16 was here and I set off. The first day was great! i went from Ayden, NC to Cape Charles VA and was feeling good about myself but that night was horrible, i realized the next day there would be no turning back and that if i was to run into trouble i would be on my own. Doubt filled my mind and i was thinking about turning back. I call cheyenne and she cheered me on telling me that i was only 500 miles from her not 650! that i could do this she believed in me and that if i give up no i would never know if i could make it. The next moring i flew i was determined and it showed i went from cape charles to Wilmington DE. almost 200 miles!!! That night i was hyped i was taking on Philly and NJ the next day. the next day if i was fast like today i would be in new milford. i could sleep that night i was to worried that something was going to go wrong. the next morning i went through philly and hit new jersey about 3pm i was debating if i wanted to go futher. so i pushed ahead and made it to the putnam trail in la bronx , ny... then I realized i had made a mistake i was on the trail that would take me all the way to Connecticut but now it was dark and hot and if i was going to have to find a place to sleep that night it would mean me cycling into the night. I made my decision and decided to go into the night. the trail as a hardtop adn there wouldnt be alot of places for error. i hit brewster about 10am the next day. i was exhausted i had been cycling for 27 hours straight my alertness was gone and i was to tired to continue. my body as not corroperating with me so but i had the craziest brake though.. Cheyenne was only 25 miles from me and i suddenly i was filled with energy the though of me crossing that finish line filled my mind. only two more hours i told my legs please i need you more than ever right now. I pushed myself and climbed candlewood mountain every pedal push hurting and making me cramp more i finally reach the top and throwing my hands in the air. finishing my 650 mile tour from north Carolina! finishing it only five days! that night me and Cheyenne opened a bottle of champagne in celebration of a start of a good friendship and a amazing realationship. I have done this tour twice now and planing on doing it again in december. but i will never forget my first time. this is why i bike to know my limits and realize that they are merely a suggestion. the picture is off the gw bridge
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