To wrap up the week, here's the short version: the bike trip was amazing, I'm home and tired now.
After our long day of riding, we had hills, rain, and some headwinds. The trip was still perfect. Everyone was in great spirits despite the added minor challenges. We were all well-fed and entertained by each others' and our own company, and had some great riding in between.
I can't wait to join in another Adventure Cycling trip! I worked with some wonderful folks, hung out with really fun participants, and explored a beautiful bike trail.
After a super fun minigolf game at Pirate's Cove in Brainerd, I flew to Portland the next day. Spirit Airlines wasn't quite as terrible as I had expected and the ground crew seemed much more lax about baggage restrictions than what their website threatens. The timing for the flight was frustrating as I didn't have very many options when purchasing the flight and had more unknowns about timing and packing to make an efficient decision. So instead, I had a long wait in the airport and a very late arrival to Portland to get the kids who had been spending the week at "Farm Camp" at Fiddlehead Farm with visiting family for a reunion.
I was able to visit with my family very briefly before I packed up my munchkins and started the arduous trek back to Sacramento. The boys were great travelers, as usual, and I had some help driving back from my cousin. Still, the 12-hour day in the car was exhausting. It's wonderful to be home but it will take a few days to recover from all the adventures we've had over the last few months.