I am finally getting a minute to blog. It has taken me a couple days to try and get back into normalcy. My sleep schedule still has been pretty off, but that is to be expected.
The day before I returned home I had some problems right outside of Minneapolis, MN. I was concerned that I was going to worry a lot of people because the tracker was not moving. The problem that I ran into was that my chain broke. It damaged a good bit in terms of cosmetics. I was lucky that no damage really came to the operation of the motorcycle. I just needed to get towed to a shop near by and they had me in and out. After about a 7500 mile trip I am glad that was all I had to deal with. At the time, I was very upset because I did not know if that would be the end of the trip, so my emotions were wild. It all worked out though. I was in and out of the shop in no time. So on my 17th day of riding I was on the road for a long while. I did not get into South Bend, IN till about 11:15pm. I was able to see a little of Notre Dame University in the dark, which was nice.
I had a pretty smooth ride from South Bend to home. I was very eager to get home so most of the ride went relatively fast. I am just glad to be home safe to relieve some worries that my loved ones had.
Overall, this trip was a trip of a life time for me. While I may have done some things differently, I had the most incredible experience. I hope to tell these stories for the rest of my life. I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me through my journey. If it was not for knowing that everyone was tracking me it would have been much harder for me. I want every single person that has followed me to know that it really meant the world to me. I feel like this trip was a success. I know many people wanted a lot more to come from it, but I believe it was perfect. I met some incredible people and had amazing conversations about autism. I also was fortunate to see how individuals with autism receive services all over. And in the end, we raised over $2300 and counting. Everyone still can donate! It means everything to me knowing that this money will help others receive the supports they need. All the struggles and sacrifices I had were all worth it in the end because I know how much the awareness means and I know what that money can do. I am proud of this trip and it really could not have been completed without the support that I had. It was not just me out there. Thank you to everyone once again.
I am a little disappointing with myself on not keeping up with social media. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Once I crossed over to Canada I was not able to use twitter or instagram. I know it’s okay, but it would have been nice to have that and keep up with it.
I will be posting again on the rest of my thoughts on the trip. Please stay tuned. I think I will be getting interviewed by at least one more newspaper. I know the Daily Local in West Chester will be. I will keep everyone updated.
Remember you can keep donating! This is an amazing cause and every dollar goes far. We are so close to the $2500 goal. Please keep it up. As I get back into life off two wheels I will post again. http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/alaska-bound-for-autism/53795
Thank you again to everyone.
Motorcycle minutes after returning home.
My dog Desmond and I, who was one of my greatest reasons for wanted to come home.