On our way home

Hi there,

Well the end of the journey is upon us, I am at Washington Airport about to board a flight to San Fransico and then onto Auckland. Ron, Fran, Jeff and Eastie are driving the campervan back to Los Angeles tonight and will take about 4 days to cover the 4800 kilometres.

Today we spent the morning in Washington DC, it was about 25 degrees and as humid as Auckland in February, i managed to get a couple of tourist photos before jumping ina cab to the airport.

Last night we had the RAAM finishers banquet which was fantastic, everyone had a well deserved beer or 3 to the point we were getting comments on the number of empty beer bottles on our table! In true fashion it was the Aussies, Kiwi’s and the Irish team left at the end of the night.

It was great to hear stories of how people and teams raced and also the stories behind the personalities in the race.

From the high of watching Ron cross the finish line having started 11 days 8 hrs earlier in Oceanside to the low of realising that the journey is nearly over, what an amazing experience, one that i will never forget.

It is humbling to see all of the support back in NZ, every chance we got we read the messages to Ron, he was truly blown away with everyones good wishes. At times we came close to the time cut off but Ron said that it was the ‘invisible peleton’ that kept him going, everyone back in NZ and around the world cheering him on.

Ron, Fran, Jeff and Eastie land back in Auckland on Monday morning at 8:10am, no doubt there will be a slide evening coming up soon.

Have a look on You Tube, there are one or two short video clips from the race, search for Ron Skelton or deptofcycling. I will add more and upload photos when I get home.

So from Washington DC, farewell and see you back home.

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Comments

  1. martin dack says:

    Try to cut-back on the hash-browns on the drive-back Ron!

  2. nomad007 says:

    Have a save trip back to all ,see you next week sometime.Team IRONMAN RULES

  3. kiwikelt says:

    Happy travels – and snoozing! See you soon!

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