Day 31 – July 1st – Final Day – Ashby, MN to Avon, MN – 78 miles – The Home Stretch

I arose early this morning to the thick dew covering the tent and grass. My clothing that I set on the picnic table to dry last night quite likely just became more saturated. Thankfully my cycling jersey and a pair of shorts were dry, so I would be fine.

Knowing time wouldn’t be an issue today, I biked at a leisurely pace along the trail.

Stops for the morning included a gas station in Brandon for a donut to compliment my on-the-go breakfast, the gas station in Garfield for an ice cream swirl, and the park by Lake Agnes in Alexandria where I had a religious conversation with an individual who had a slightly different opinion than myself.

In Osakis, I ate at the café downtown. There I met another cyclist going from Maine to Oregon. He was utilizing the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) routes which just recently were changed to incorporate the Lake Wobegon and Central Lakes trails.

From Osakis I continued on through West Union, Sauk Centre, and Melrose. In Freeport I met up with a friend at the park along the trail. In Albany, less than 7 miles from Avon, I stopped to visit some more friends. At the nursing home where I stopped for a quick visit, I wasn’t even able to go inside without individuals offering donations.

It was amazing to see the generosity continue all the way home.

I arrived in Avon at 5:47 p.m. to some family and friends.

1,993 miles is the official total for the journey. I have to tally up all of the online donations in addition to the $201 that was contributed along the ride. It should be right around $2,000. Thanks to all who supported this cause either financially, thoughtfully, or prayerfully. It has changed my life and the lives of many orphans. I hope this trip can inspire others to be involved in making this world even better than it already is.