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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

M-I-S-S-O-U-R-I!!!

This week we said goodbye to Kansas with a celebration, build and rest day in Kansas City, MO. And that is were the spoiling began. We had lots of free meals and even got to go to a Royals game for free! Yesterday, the spoiling continued as we had a trolley ride and free ice cream in Carrollton, MO! Yes, they brought out the town trolley to drive us! It was quite a warm welcome into what is supposedly "the most American town." Today we arrived in Moberly, MO, which could be our "swankiest" stop yet. We are staying in a youth center with pool tables, cafe and computers with internet!!! And that is how I am writing to you right now! I am pretty excited about this.

I have never been to Missouri before but if its like this all over the state, maybe I should move here? (not really) This weekend we had a build day in Kansas City and we work along side the Chiefs tight-ends, Jake, Tony and Leonard, who is the trips honorary chair. I love build days because they refocus me on why I am riding. Its not just about the cycling but about helping the families recieve simple decent homes. We have been doing several presentations recently too and we are getting closer to our $500,000 goal! This adventure is pretty exciting, especially since 4 build days remain!

Please keep praying for us as we start to wind down this adventure. The heat and humidity will be a factor as we continue east. But also keep praying that God would continue to use us and teach us about how this trip would be used in our lives for His glory. When this adventure is over another will begin...but let's not talk about that right now...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kansas its almost time to say Goodbye...

I am not surprised that Dorothy instantly recognized that she was no longer in Kansas when she entered OZ. Not only was it all in color but it must have been much cooler too. Its been pretty hot here in Kansas this week. We have been waking up very early so we can be on the road by sunrise. Although, I feel a little short on sleep at times, I have seen some gorgeous sunrises this week! I am finding that Kansas has been a pleasant surprise.

I expected it to be flat and a whole lot of nothing until Kansas City. We have certainly had our share of nothing but there have been really nice rolling hills at times and some really cute small towns to ride through. I also expected this week to be the one where I was mental exhausted and ready to go home. And I am happy to report that is not the case at all. I am continuing to enjoy this trip and my fellow riders more and more! Sure there are times when I need some alone time but I am starting feel more like I don't want the trip to end. "Real life" starts then...

I am also finding a rhythm to the trip which is starting to allow for some good processing. Two big questions for me loom: 1. How has this trip changed me? 2. What am I going to do about it?

But while those questions remained unanswered, I am gearing up for a build day this weekend! And my first visit to Kansas City! I am so thankful that God provided a way for me to come on this adventure! I am praying that he receives all the glory, honor and praise. Thank you for your support and check out Facebook  for pictures!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kansas, Hot Hot Hot!!!

I can't believe that this trip is half over...yesterday we arrived in Hill City, KS marking the end of segment 5. We have four weeks and five building days remaining. I am surprised often how fast and slow this trip seems to go simultaneously. It seems like we have been traveling for a long time (in a good way) since the first week in Washington seems like it was quite sometime ago. And yet here we are already more than half way through. I am wondering how to slow the progression of this trip down. I am not ready to make some of the decisions that await me at home about being a "real adult." Because I am not sure I am any closer to figuring things out for my future. I am really glad I still have four weeks and maybe some ideas.

My future is becoming one of my most extensive prayer and thought times while on the bike. But I am finding myself in good company as many of us work to figure out our next steps and what God might have in store. I have been working on memorizing Ephesians with one of my fellow riders and it has cause me to consider further how the Word of God impacts our lives on a daily basis. In talking with others, I find it fascinating how we each have developed an understanding of God and how it impacts each persons life differently. I am wondering still how I am and will be changed by this ride. I came on this adventure wanting to serve because I have been given so much I didn't deserve through Christ by the grace of God; I wondering how I am doing with that. I hope that in this trip God is glorified. Even as we cross Kansas.

There have been really hot days here in Kansas and we can expect that all this week as we journey across the state this week. Please pray that the heat does not impact us much. I am realizing how much I enjoyed the varying scenery of the previous weeks before we got here. Although, I have a new appreciation for corn fields and going to the bathroom outside...enough said until next time.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Colorado!!!

Ahh it has been nice to visit the great state of Colorado! I will be sad to leave and enter Kansas for I am getting a little weary of riding my bike. I am having a tremendous time with my fellow riders and I am really excited for our upcoming building days but some days I don't want to ride my bike. It didn't help that we had two days off recently, one day in Denver and one in Colorado Springs and I had a lot of fun and got to sleep in!!! That makes motivation to get on the bike a little low...however after about 1800 miles, I am not that surprised about it. I will soon be more eager to ride again, especially when we start picking up some tailwinds!

I am not sure what else to share at this point. I was thinking the other day that I have met most of my expectations for the trip already! I am super curious to see how these next few weeks go and all that I have left to learn. I am wondering what God is up to and how this adventure will affect me in my "real life." This trip is seemingly outside of time and space of my "real life" but it is an experience that I hope will change me. I am not sure if I am different or if I am the same with some different things to think about...I guess only time will tell. Stay tuned for what I may discover...I think these miles in Kansas might allow me to think and ponder what God might have in store, for the present and the future...

Sorry this blog is a little flat...I am not sure what to write and I am a little sleepy. But I think a good night sleep in Limon, CO will do me a world of good!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Utah

As I write this, I am sitting in a library in Craig, CO. I am really excited because our second build day is tomorrow. That means two things, 1. we get to help a family get into a simple decent home and 2. it is a day off the bicycle. Harley and I are getting along pretty good but my legs could use a little rest. We have ridden about 280 miles after our stop in Salt Lake City. And we have about 280 more to go until we reach Denver on Sunday.

I am sad that in Denver we will lose some of the riders who have been with us since the beginning. I have felt like we are all a family these last four weeks and I will be sad to see them go. I also am having trouble believing how fast this trip is going. Although the pace of life is much slower the days seem to go so fast at times.

I really enjoyed our day off in Salt Lake, I slept in and ate a giant hamburger and smoothie. I am not sure what else the city had to offer but I left feeling satisfied. Maybe I will visit again someday...

I have had a chance to start reflecting some on this experience and I am realizing now that this trip is more about about mental and spiritual than physical. Sure my body hurts here and there but I can make it. We have ridden enough for me to know that I can ride any distance even if it takes a long time. However, as the miles tick by sometimes its hard to stay focused. To remember what and who I am riding for and how God could use me. I had a nice stretch by myself today and I was enjoying praying for my friends and family. Please let me know if there is anything I can be praying for. I am also praying about how God can use me on this trip and what He might like to do afterwards (although I hardly think about that with five and a half weeks left).

I had something else I wanted to write but I can't remember right now, so that will have to wait. Please keep praying for us and the adventure we are on! Thanks and happy late 4th of July!

Friday, July 1, 2011