I’m back home, still trying to get back to normal life. I’ll be finishing up my daily recaps but before any more time passes I want to thank everyone who followed the race, sent messages of encouragement and supported me and Kyler through this craziness.
A really really huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated money or bought something from the shop (orders will ship soon!); this was not a cheap endeavor and your generosity helped us pull it off — and still be able to eat once we got home.
I wanted to shake up my life and force some demon confrontation. I wanted new scenery, new places, new faces. I wanted to be shocked and awed and tranquil and excited. It was everything I had hoped it would be. It was challenging, beautiful, soul crushing, unexpected and truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
I’m still not sure how to react to the tremendous support the race achieved. The Facebook group (Icarus Trophy – The Race Network) gained more than 400 new members who tuned in to follow our little dots on the tracker map – thanks in large part to YouTube superstar Tucker Gott’s participation. One of my demons has been fear of doing things out loud. I really hate to be watched so my natural tendency is to hide and do things very quietly so no one will notice. Having people I don’t know talk about me in that forum was something else, even if it was nearly all positive. It’s hard for me to accept that I do anything worthy of admiration but meeting young girls who were rooting for me and looking up to me … well I still don’t know how to deserve that. I really hope those girls go out and do big things and if I’m in any way responsible for that kind of greatness … well I still don’t know. I think it will be one of the highest achievements of my life.