After 52 days and more than 7,000 miles, we have reached the Pacific Ocean!
Another writer has described this journey more poetically than we ever could:
O beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
To shining sea.
America the Beautiful comes from a poem written by Katharine Lee Bates from Falmouth, Massachusetts (near the underarm of Cape Cod). She was inspired by the spectacular sites she observed during her journey to Colorado in the late 1800s. Atop Pike’s Peak is a large plaque of these beloved words, which were set to music by Samuel A. Ward.
We passed this smaller version of the plaque on the “Shining Sea” bike trail from Falmouth to Woodshole, on Cape Cod. The moving words have been an inspiration for us on this journey.