We did it! We cycled from Key West to Bar Harbor Maine in 39 days (including 1 rest day). It was an emotional finish as Jeff and I made it to Main Street after 2,658 miles. We learned so much about ourselves, the country, and the remarkable side of people at work.
The Finish Line
When we got to the end of the map, Rob, Noonie, and Ellen were waiting with confetti, balloons, champagne, a streamer-made finish line, and many recently recruited cheering fans. Among the fans was Ray McGlew, the database engineer we met in Pottstown, PA on Day 30. (He was vacationing with his family, saw the RV, and quickly joined the celebration!)
Bangor Daily News
For our last break of the Moxie Ride, we stopped in Ellsworth, ME and met Mario, a reporter from The Bangor Daily News who interviewed us for an article. He captured the essence of our journey beautifully! You can find the whole article at: www.lifemoxie.com/moxieride-contact.php
Shout-Out to Noonie
This girl is like no other. Madeleine Doyle (aka “Noonie”) applied for the job by enthusiastically declaring on my voicemail, “I am your gal!” And sure enough she was! Noonie came into this job knowing very little about what she was in store for, but ready for an adventure, eager to learn, and excited to discover the country. What she did in the process was discover her own resilience, adaptability, and perseverance. She learned new skills, met new friends, managed obstacles, and became an irreplaceable team member. She is a star.
Shout-Out to Jeff
Many people talk about an adventure like this, but few do it. Jeff is among the few. He made a commitment, he trained, he rearranged life, he prepared, and he pedaled. He made it with perseverance, determination, gumption, and a good-natured attitude day in and day out. Together, we laughed, we talked, we analyzed, we cheered each other on, we shared miles, we shared silence, we shared the road, and now we share bragging rights. Jeff and I have been friends for 20 years. Now we will be friends forever.
The On-Line Documentary
We connected with some incredible people on the ride: a nurse, a doctor, a policeman, a fireman, a few teachers, a railroad engineer, a waitress, an attorney, a Starbucks manager, an antique restoration expert, a bike mechanic, a forensic dentist, a turn-around CEO, a turtle hospital manager, a sales/marketing rep, a mail carrier, a sheriff, a hotel manager, a gas station clerk, a fisherman, a graphic designer, a pastor, a school registrar, a consultant, a database engineer, and a baker… to name just a few!
The on-line documentary is now chocked full of wonderful insights about what people love about their jobs. The thread? We are all hungry for our work to matter. We want our work to make a difference, and we want to work with people who help us shine. We also love to be remarkable.
Vote for all of your favorite videos in the documentary! Voting is open until July 31. Go to www.youtube.com/themoxieride and start viewing and voting! You could help someone else win an iPad!
Top 12 Lessons I Learned on the Moxie Ride 2
1. We make assumptions about others constantly.
2. Assumptions create lookism and situationism which are pervasive.
(Lookism: judging/discriminating against others based on looks)
(Situationism: judging/discriminating against a situation based on our perception of it)
3. Assumptions, lookism, and situationism create missed opportunities to connect.
4. For the best day/journey, we need elastic expectations – aim for something but be open to how we actually get there.
5. Relentless and intentional communication is the key to every effective relationship.
6. We are all starved for recognition – be it at work or on a personal journey.
7. People have a lot to share but not many audiences who want to listen.
8. Most people have never considered, “What makes me remarkable at work?”
9. Intentionality makes us remarkable.
10. We are each responsible for the influence of our energy, reactions, and responses.
11. Good friends are hard to come by.
12. My computer does not know how to swim (The RV flood on Day 36 was not kind to my IBM-lifeline)
Final Stats for Moxie Ride 2
Day 39 miles: 85.37
Total miles: 2,658.16
Day 39 ascent: 4,311 feet
Total ascent: 63,154 feet climbed on a bike
Day 39 road kill count: 8 (including 4 porcupines)
Total road kill count: 547
Total flat tires: 4
Total turtles saved: 5
Total interviews: 98
Total money Jeff raised to find a cure for ALS: $5,905