Sunday, July 27, 2008

Astoria


I made it.

After relaxing for a few days, I'll post some final thoughts on the trip and what I hope will be helpful information for anyone planning their own ride on the Transamerica Trail.

For those of you who were waiting to make a donation to the Appalachia Habitat for Humanity until you were sure that I would actually make it to Astoria, now is the time to send in your check or donate online. I'll keep the link active for a few more days.

Thanks for sharing this journey with me. Your support helped me get through the tough days.

34 comments:

Greg said...

CONGRATS. Now it is time to start the BBQ restaurant... in fact just got done smoking a brisket and some pork butt. If you get home soon enough you can have some.

G

Carrie said...

Congratulations! I've been following you since your encounter with Bramha and SP on the App Trail. Thank you for sharing your amazing adventure with us...it has been truly inspiring. I have especially enjoyed your observations of OR.

I hope your re-adjustment to real-life is smooth and peaceful. Thanks again for sharing this journey!

Carrie Dickson
dickson.carrie@gmail.com

mouderki said...

congratulations man! we were thinking about you and your probable finish while camping this weekend. many a beer awaits you - see you soon.

MO

Joe Magee said...

Amazing my man. I'm impressed beyond words! Get back to NY soon.

its said...

YEEHAW! Congratulations on a remarkable finish. Your Surly LHT brought you far. Joining the TransAm fraternity feels good huh?

I enjoyed meeting and riding with you. Perhaps our paths will cross again. If you're every in the Charlotte, NC area email me and we'll raise a pint.

All the Best,

Marc
www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/ibikefar

Greg T. said...

Congratulations! The blog is as much of an accomplishment as the ride. First rate.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! We were all thinking of you in Harrisville this weekend knowing you would be wrapping it up! What an amazing adventure you have had! You should feel so proud. Can't wait to see you and thanks for taking us along for the ride!!!!
Love,
Megan

Anonymous said...

Brian!

Congratulations on completing the ride! What a truly amazing experience for you! thanks for sharing your wonderful blogs with us...so descriptive and informative! All of us thought of you often in Harrisville this weekend! We missed you, but look forward to hearing your stories, so be prepared to talk away!

Aunt Maureen

Jeff said...

Congratulations, Brian. You're amazing, and thanks for sharing your adventure with all of us.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Brian! I'm glad the people of Oregon put out the welcome mats for you and other cyclers after such a long journey. I took the jetski out Saturday and it died on Molly and I -- Uncle Tom and Matt came to our rescue with the sailboat. Funny that it was the only time it happened the entire weekend and probably right about the time you were hitting the Coast!

Anonymous said...

Brian, congratulations on such an awesome accomplishment and on your fantastic blog. I'll miss these updates on your adventures!

Jen

chris said...

Congratulations on a huge accomplishment! Who says that lawyers can't be athletic?

Sarah P said...

HOORAY! So excited and happy for you Brian.

I'm going to have to find a new fun blog to get me through boring days at the office.

Let us know when you're back in Chicago - we'll take you out for a beer or two to celebrate.

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations, Brian! I was just out on the Oregon coast a few weeks ago, and was thinking of you whenever I saw cyclists making their way up those steep, windy roads. What a beautiful place to end your trip. We hope to see you in New York again soon for a victory tour!
xoxo, Betsey

Joe said...

Woo-hoo! CONGRATS! I can't wait to talk to you and get all the details on this amazing journey. Another inspiring chapter in an already stellar life, Dunny.

Talk soon, brother.
Love, JBM

Anonymous said...

Yay Brian! What an amazing journey and story. Thanks for sharing it with us. Hope to see you soon back in Chicago!

Carly

Greg said...

In light of how many people want you to keep going, including the Gregs, you have two options as I see it... either continue to bike to Hawaii or continue the blog by giving us top lists... for example favorite states, favorite rides, least favorite rides, worst drivers, best meals, least scenic rides, the closest calls in relation to injuries, etc...

Anonymous said...

I found your blog off a link from Budget Travel's web site and have been addicted ever since Kentucky. I loved the great posts and your fantastic pictures, and I've since subscribed to Adventure Cycling magazine. Congrats on finishing the ride and good luck with whatever is next for you!

amy.mengel[at]yahoo.com
Albany, NY

Anonymous said...

Brian,
Congratulations and God bless you! What an inspiration you have been. I missed you in Harrisville and look forward to hearing your stories from the trails.
Colleen

Beth said...

Congratulations Brian! What an accomplishment! It (almost) makes me want to do something crazy like that!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Brian. I'm one of the folks on Seaside beach who took your picture with your camera. I think the one you posted is the shot I took. Have a safe trip back home.

Edward said...

holy crap! i thought you had just gotten to oregon. you rode like the wind!!! thanks for entertaining me through the summer and making me feel awful for living my sedentary life. i enjoyed the words and photos immensely, and you have convinced me -- i'm serious this time -- that i want to do this ride too.

Grace said...

Congrats! If you make it down to alabama on your way back, let me know, and I'll buy you an iced tea!

Anonymous said...

Brian,

The prior posts have done a great job of congratulating on your ride and the super blog. I really enjoyed following your journey. You did something that many people dream about. Well done.

Tom O'Keefe

Anonymous said...

Have been following this blog since the beginning when Matt forwarded it to me -- like a good book that you don't want to end. Sure you don't want to turn around and ride back to entertain your fan club a little more?

Congrats,
Alice

Anonymous said...

You'd better get going if you're going to ride your bike back to Milwaukee in time for Irishfest. I enjoyed reading about your jouney and am looking forward to hearing more detail when Megan and I see you. Congratulations on completing an amazing feat.
Paul

Anonymous said...

Way to go Brian! What an awesome adventure. We really enjoyed reading your blog. Hope to see you soon.

-Mary & Matt

kevin said...

WOOOHOOO!! Congrats!! Thanks again for taking a break and making it down to PR. Marita have loved reading your blog. I hope you can make it down to the Tour in Nov.!!!

Kevin and Marita

Ryan said...

Congratulations on finishing the Transam. Hopefully you'll have a smooth transition back to your normal life.

Anonymous said...

What a trip and accomplishment for you! Makes the century rides I've done look like nothing. Sorry we couldn't meet up when you were pedaling through Colorado. Hopefully you'll make a return trip one of these days and we'll see you then. Great job; another impressive Dunn feat.
Jen H.

Matt B. said...

Brian,

Congratulations on finishing your trek, and thanks for providing us all with a great blog for the last 2+ months. Let us know when you're back in Chicago.

Matt

Anonymous said...

Kudos to you. What a great ride and an even better story!!!I'll pretend that I have a half-pint of Guiness or Bulmer's in hand and raise my glass to toast your great adventure. May you have many more.

Love,
-m

grace said...

Where are you now?

jerry said...

Brian,

Your journey and the chronicle of it were absolutely incredible. Congratulations on completing the Transam, and thanks so much for sharing this amazing experience with us.

Jerry Mazzolini
Chicago, IL
jerry@mazzolini.org