New York, NY, USA
Date: Lodging: Distance: Total:
05/01/2002 458 KM 245544 KM

Reality quickly slapped us in the face, once inside our home, when we found three years’ worth of photos, souvenirs, postcards, files, trinkets and more.

Jim marks our map, which we have mounted inside our trailer, for the last time. We made it!

Our home marker – we've not seen it in 1101 days!

Fredrik, webmaster, and Chris, videographer made it too. Fredrik traveled with us for two years and seven months and Chris joined us for two years and three months. Kudos to them both!

Jim and I can hardly believe we made it home. What in the world will we do tomorrow?

Upon entering New York, even before reaching our home, we drove past the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which has been under construction since the 19th Century.

5 January 2002 – We made it! This is day 1101 of our three-year journey and we have reached home, for the first time since 28 December 1998 when we set off for Iceland. Jim drove, cautiously, the entire time today, from Washington to New York City. Once Manhattan was in view, I looked towards downtown noticing the missing Twin Towers and the gap left in a once more lofty, jagged skyline.

Seeing New York again put my recent blues over the finale of our journey on the back burner, as I could barely contain my excitement over finally arriving home and having been successful in our three-year drive around the world. Before making the last stop, we idled by the exquisite Riverside Church and then over to the Cathedral St. John the Divine, still under construction after more than 100 years. Postponing the inevitable no longer, we drove up to our door and stopped. We were home. No balloons, no fanfare, no revelry, just an ending, but, oh my goodness, I was darned proud of us. And I know that now, after this three-year education, tutored to me by the World, I am a different person than the one who departed these doors 1101 days ago. I wonder if anyone else will know.

  The End (Paige)
  The End (Jim)