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Lauren's Blog: We're home!!


Mission accomplished.  We're back in Madison after 300 miles and countless amazing moments.

Closing Ceremonies is always up there as one of my favorite hours of the year. 

After traveling from Columbus to Sun Prairie to Monona and then up Martin Luther King Blvd., we finished our journey at the Capitol together, surrounded by our family and friends.

I started the day by driving to Sun Prairie for AM Pit.  It was a chilly start to the day, so I set up shop painting people's nails red for AIDS awareness at a wonderful sunny spot.

The riders didn't stay long, so we then headed to lunch in Monona.  It warmed up quite a bit, and once riders arrived there, they were essentially finished.  So lunch on Day 4 is always a fun party.

It was a cookout with lots of ACT spirit--face painting, red glitter, you name it.

Then, it was onto "holding" in the parking lot of Willie Bikes on West Washington in Madison.  That's where we all wait for every last participant so we can all arrive on the Capitol Square together.

When it was time, Crew got on a bus up to the Capitol where we waited for the riders.  They rode up to the fanfare they more than deserve, made two lines off to the side, and Crew ran up the middle.

We got soaked by the riders spraying us with their water bottles.  It was an amazing moment.

After a very emotional ceremony, which Vanessa Shirley reported on for 27 News at 5:30 and 10, I grabbed my bag and headed home exhausted, but full of a strong sense of accomplishment.  Together, we raised more than $287,000 for AIDS treatment, prevention and awareness, and all that money will stay right here in southern Wisconsin.

Thanks to everyone at WKOW 27 for supporting me and letting me document my experience. 

Thanks to the ACT 6 Steering Committee for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing year-long planning process.

Thanks to every single rider and Crew for inspiring me and my baby to make it through the four days.

And thanks to you for reading my blog.

Next year I will be back on my bike.  Bring on ACT 7!! 

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