Today was the final day of the 2017 Winston Salem Grand Western Tour. We have traveled this beautiful country for 33 days, driven 10,000 miles, rode through 25 states, stayed in 20 hotels, created 51 new best friends, and made memories to last a lifetime!
Driving back to Winston Salem was certainly bittersweet. The group has created such a bond with each other and it will be difficult to part ways. There was also excitement in the air to be home, see family, share experiences, and sleep!
Our loading crew packed up the bus one last time and we left New Orleans before sunrise. I don't think anyone had slept a wink last night and were all asleep within minutes of hitting the highway! Luckily we have trusty ole Clarence to get us home safe and sound!
We stopped for breakfast at a McDonalds in Greenville, Alabama and then for lunch at the Varsity right outside of Atlanta, Georgia. "What'll ya have?" they yelled. Hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries, onion rings, and milkshakes were the top picks. And of course many of the kiddos had to pick up souvenir hats and t-shirts!
Nathan even got to see his brother Stephen at breakfast!
We have had a wonderful summer traveling this amazing country and getting to know each of the tour members. They now share an experience that means more than words can describe! We hope they will remember and cherish the Grand Western Tour for the rest of their lives!
Below are some trip highlights! Many thanks to all of the families and friends for your support!