Nancy, I followed your tour daily. I watched your boys grow up. I feel like I was your sister. Your narrative didn't just detail miles and food eaten, it showed a family having goods days, and some not so good days. I felt your pain when your mom got sick, and later when you left to be with her. My condolences to you. I can't wait for your next tour. I met Gus Riley, who purchased your triple on RAGBRAI several years back. Are the boys glad to be back in school? Do they have the same symptoms that adults have trying to get back to a normal life, or did they just adapt.
I have the touring bike, the gear, the available vacation days....but the job won't let me go. I'm hoping to retire early with all the cutbacks. I turned 50 this year and will be able to tour in five years or less. In the meantime, I guess I'll have to settle for a 2 week tour and spend several hours a day reading CGOAB.