The day started with sleeping in, which is always awesome. After lounging around I packed up my gear for the last time and head out the door.
It was an easy 6 miles to the ocean, and most of the way was on a beautiful bike path along the water. There was an iffy part of the road as I passed Sea World, but mostly it was great walking. The only weird part was the lack of eye contact or smiles from all the people in the park along the way. In retrospect, I’m pretty sure they all thought I was some homeless lady wandering through. Which, if true, is kind of an insulting way to treat homeless people.
I walked onto Dog Beach to my Mom, Aunt Sally and a group of strangers cheering me on and congratulating me. It was totally unexpected and amazing. After shaking people’s hands and accepting congratulations, I parked my gear and Anna and I ran the final steps into the Pacific.
It was an amazing end to an amazing adventure. There were strangers cheering me on and calling my name, a run into the water, Anna running around excitedly, an interview with a local news station, and even a pod of dolphins welcoming me to the ocean.