Day 9: 8/18 - Final Day! Sea Isle City to Cape May!

Posted by Edwin Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I'm tired. Danny's tired. We're all tired.
But it doesn't matter because we feel great!

Today was our last day, and when I saw the rain and checked the forecast (rain all day!), I really could think of nothing but:

"Oh man, today is going to suck."

But in truth, it didn't at all.
In fact, it was probably one our funnest skates this entire trip!

So let's break it down again into the skate and the lemonade stand!

In a nutshell, today's skate was 20 miles through pouring rain and flooded streets!
And it was insanely fun!
On our ride from Sea Isle City, we would come off of each street corner into about half a foot of rainwater, as Danny would say, "It's like plunging into the abyss!"
It seriously was. Our boards would be completely submerged and still be shindeep in water. It was totally surreal. And we were soaked. The visibility was awful, but still very cool as it sort of looked like a sort of fog! Going over the bridge on the way there, the rain got especially crazy and we got to stomp through the rain since in truth, there was no way we could possibly get any wetter!

And so we arrived at the Rita's in Cape May completely soaked!

Mind you, the entire time, we were also being followed by Brad and Jay from Original Skateboards, and they met up with us at Rita's!

So when we were down, we had a couple people come down to visit us, such as a reporter from the Star and Wave and a photographer from Exit Zero magazine!

And now for the lemonade stand portion!

A lot of Danny's family and my parents came to meet us at the end, and we so we set up!
Even though it was raining, we still had plenty of interested people come in, with nearly all of them not having heard of us or what we were doing. But that's fine because so many were supportive of our cause!

We also met up with a great little girl who actually battled childhood cancer and has so far been off chemotherapy for 21 months! It was quite a moving story!

We ended up raising over $450 from the final lemonade stand! Probably most definitely one of our more successful stands!
We then had a celebratory dinner at a nearby restaurant and had some fun at the arcade across the street! Super fun! And now I'm sitting at Danny's Aunt's friend's beach house right next to the shore where we'll be enjoying the beach tomorrow morning!

So I guess Skate Cape May is over! But just the skating bit. Fundraising for the cause never really ends!

But this year's trip (hint hint, making it annual!) is over, and its odd getting back into a car know that there are so many experiences made just skating down the roads we're driving back up!
And its especially odd seeing that driving in a car back up the roads, there are so many little details that simply pass by! And I guess its the smaller details that really make longboarding as great as it is! Cruising down a highway or back country roads just leave one to be absolutely immersed in your surroundings, and I am infinitely grateful that we got to spend out last nine days skating like this!
Surely, it wasn't fun all of the time, and in truth there were many times when our skates were simply awful. But our experiences have melded into a giant pot of fun and adventure! Throughout our last week we've definitely had plenty of hilarious, exciting, and frightening experiences that we'll definitely take through with us and sharing with others for a very, very long time!

And right now I'm tired. But I'm so very, very glad!
- Edwin


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Skate Cape May is a 200+ mile skateboarding journey from the top of New Jersey (High Point) to the bottom (Cape May) with the intent to raise funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. Last year, we received an award as a Top 100 Fundraiser for 2010 for ALSF!

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