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Today’s Blog written by Frankenbutt:
The idea of this trip began 4 years ago when I bought a book called, “Around the World on Two Wheels”, a book about a Jewish mother from Boston who rode her bike around the world. I’ve always been drawn to these types of non-fiction adventure stories. Butterball read the book after me and upon finishing, declared, “we should do this.” The idea got filed away while life threw what it had at us.
The idea re-emerged after a short but exhausting bike ride last year. Butterball may have originally brought up the idea but it was me who was “gung-ho” and wouldn’t let the dream die. It was something that I daydreamed about, read about, and spent hours researching. The dream slowly became reality and Butterball was supportive but nervous and the Beast just thought we were both nuts.
The pedaling is now over and there are some things I’d like to publicly say to these two women whom I’ve followed for over 3800 miles.
There have been many comments made to me about a twelve year old girl doing this epic journey and I, of course, had my own doubts and concerns about the Beast. To her I’d like to say this: You have handled this trip better than I would have ever imagined. I know you often have your doubts about your abilities as a bike rider but you have done better than any riding partner that I could have hoped for. You are, without a doubt, a better rider than I could ever hope to be. You have amazed me every day of this ride.
I have had several times when I didn’t think I could go one more foot and I’d look up to see you pedaling your bike in front of me, without complaint, and seemingly without effort. I’m humbled by the person you are and I’m so lucky to be able to call you my daughter.
And to my wife, I want to say: I don’t think there’s a greater compliment than “You did it!” Regardless of how critical you are on yourself, there’s no way of getting around the fact that you rode your bike 3,842 miles. I watched you ride all that way in front of me and conquer any obstacle that stood in your path. When it was hot, you rode. When it was raining, you rode. When you were injured, you rode. When you were tired, you still rode.
I watched you pedal your bike on smooth roads and gravel. I watched you revel on the downhills and curse your way on the uphills, and of all the hills and mountains we faced, there wasn’t one that could stop you. You found the will and determination to get over every single one when so many others would have quit.
I know how hard of a journey this was for me, both physically and mentally, and I don’t know if I could have done it without you there.
I find comfort knowing that whatever lay around the next bend, I will face it with you by my side.
I love you,
Jay and Dad