Our driver was just ahead so I'm able to change it quick, and – so close to our goal yet so tired – keep pushing forward.

At 96 miles into the ride for a grand-total 610 miles, the San Francisco sign was a thing of beauty to our eyes. We head straight to a spa and jacuzzi. The grand challenge reward: an all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse – our first time eating real food in five days.

The next couple days we explore San Francisco strictly by foot, before the "quick" drive back down to San Diego.

What started as a wild idea had become a success! We were left with the utmost feeling of confidence and accomplishment by pushing through, as a couple, where strong winds had made riding nearly unbearable.

Now what to do for next year's anniversary...?

~ Roger and Bessy Leszczynski

“Don't let anyone tell you that you can't – not even yourself.”

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Irelandrbi Aug. 30, 2012 @ 3:05 p.m.

Great story. Thank you. I am planning to do this same ride but in reverse next October with a buddy. I have done many marathons, an Ironman and hiked the Grand Canyon this year from rim to rim to rim under 18 hours. Our plan is to enjoy what our great state has to offer. Any tips would be appreciated or if you can suggest some good websites to view. Thanks, Bruce


tomjohnston Aug. 31, 2012 @ 9:23 a.m.

Did you do the South Kaibab or the Bright Angel trail?


chendri887 Jan. 17, 2014 @ 8:17 p.m.

You biked 140 miles a day? Are you kidding me? You must be in monstrously good shape. That doesn't even seem possible.


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