by Jean on May 26, 2010

R2R2R 2010 is done, all I can say is WOW.  This was such an amazing trek with such amazing people.  I am so proud of each and every one of you, for finding the strength to go one more step when you were too tired and in too much pain to go one more step, and for all of the laughs in the middle, before, and after the hike.

I wanted to show you all this beautiful place and the  adventure I stumbled upon years ago, on every level.  You were my cheerleaders too, thank you for giving back to me the same encouragement and support to go on when it got tough and I did not know if I could take one more step.   I am so glad that you are my friends and my family.  This trip was as much a physical test as it was a mental challenge, and I think you surpassed all the boundaries that you have known or set for yourselves.

R2R was incredible, R2R2R was beyond all expectations. We simply never, ever, make this journey in an ordinary day.   We do not look back after the sun has set and evaluate our  daily accomplishments.  But that was my hope and my gift for you all,  to realize how incredible you all are and forever to keep putting one foot in front of the next.

I am honored that everyone believed in my passion for this place to go and follow my dream.   I am overwhelmed with what each of you said you took away from this trip at dinner last night.  It was exactly what I wanted you to find, your own strength.

Love always, Jean

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