Well, it's finally arrived - my last day in Seattle before I fly home tomorrow. I have mixed feelings. I've had such an amazing experience but I am looking forward to seeing family and friends again and also returning to work. This time next week I'll be back in the classroom! This break has been really good for me and given me new focus.
For my last day I took a ferry across to Bainbridge Island in the hot sunshine for a last little bit of sea time and on my trusty bike I rode up the coast road and found a little bit of paradise - Murden Cove. Totally deserted and stunningly beautiful, I had my lunch listening to the sound of the sea and the birds. After riding back in to town I sampled the local ice cream and wandered round the quaint town centre, finished off with a visit to the local art gallery/museum.
Yesterday I was taken out for lunch by Donna, who I met at the St George's Day meet up. She wanted to record and document my story for an article she was writing. We drove out to West Seattle and Alki Beach for a very nice seafood lunch and chat about my Clipper adventure. It's so lovely that people are interested in our stories.
Tonight is something I've been looking forward to big time. We are going to see a Seattle Mariners baseball game! Seattle V Houston Astros. Hugh, the skipper of Visit Seattle has the honour of throwing the first pitch. I'm looking forward to the buzz of a big all American sporting event.
Last night was another highlight with my last official engagement at the GB reception at the Seattle Symphony Hall with the Consol General from San Francisco. It's been a real honour to represent the Great Britain campaign so it was good to chat with people associated with it here in Seattle. They are all so amazed by our achievements. I think we may have even signed a few up for the next race! I didn't dance on table or even drop a canapé so I think I acquitted myself quite well!
Being Team GB & NI is pretty cool.