The End of the Road: One Wheel in the Atlantic – Day 95 – October 29

DAVE DID IT! Our Unicycle Across America Road Trip, that began March 1 in San Diego, CA, ended today at noon. The Destination was Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, FL. The Rider stretched out the last 3 days’ rides to  arrive at the water’s edge in at the crack of noon ‘in case anyone was coming’. Here are some pictures of the finish.

As you can see, a lot of people we knew showed up, plus a number of people at the beach joined in to celebrate. It was a great surprise and I enjoyed coordinating secret logistics with the group. Dave showed amazing perseverance combined with mental and physical endurance and well-deserved the welcome he got. It has been a real adventure for both of us that created abundant memories and stories. Plus we’ve had a blast! Thank you to everyone who came out to support The Rider (and The Crew):

Florida extended White family: Ruth Naegele, Joe Naegele and Nancy Naegele-Nichol (aunt & cousins who drove up from South Florida)

Mom & Sibs: Bea White, Suzi Ramos and Katie Hamric (who organized the surprise & flew the the Ohioans in)

Dennis & Dorothea Quinn (friends who drove from Sarasota)

Eva Hottinger (BOCC friend we stayed with in Satsuma for 3 nights)

After the beach gathering, we packed up and drove to New Smyrna Beach, FL, where Nancy has a home near the beach. We had a great time celebrating some more and enjoying the sunset on the beach. This morning we all went for a ride.

For my last Unicycle Road Trip blog post, I want to thank everyone who has supported us along the way – neighbors who watch our homes; siblings who accept our mail; Jo Ann and David who shared their cross-country ride expertise; old friends with phone calls & comments on the Blogs and Facebook; new friends we’ve met on the road; those of you who invited us into your homes & RVs, provided a place to stay, bought dinner or drinks and the campground owners who gave us a good deal to support the Ride.  A special thanks to those who gave financial support to the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Raising awareness and funds for ALS in memory of Bob White, Dave’s dad, gave this Ride a purpose and made it more than a road trip.

Bob and Ruth White with their father

Bob and Ruth White with their father

10 thoughts on “The End of the Road: One Wheel in the Atlantic – Day 95 – October 29

  1. Jo Ann

    Dave could not have done it without your support. Although you did not ride the entire distance you made it all possible. Thanks for including us on your journey… Where we going next?

    1. joandr Post author

      We talked yesterday about how neat it would be to do a trip with you & David. Even a shorter one. Let’s put our thinking helmets on!

      1. Carrie and John

        Awesome!!!! What an amazing adventure and all for such a good cause. Dave’s father would be so proud. Enjoy Florida, you both deserve the sunshine.

  2. Janice

    Congratulations…what a grand journey, what entertaining blogs, what perseverance. I will eagerly await following along on your next travel adventure. We’ve told everyone we know about this trip, short of spilling the beans to the New York Times or NBC News. Is there a Unicycle Hall of Fame somewhere that needs votes for Dave? Is there a One-Woman-Crew-of-the-Year award that takes nominations? Enjoy the sun & sea.


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