The team was amazing today. After yesterday and those hills, the fact that everyone was able to get on their bicycle successfully and pedal away from the motel was a praise in and of itself. God was good to us again today. Despite back country roads and a period of heavy rainfall, we made it to Ludington in one piece and with joyful spirits.
TODAY’S TOP TEN
1. Betty rode the entire 80 miles today—such a trooper! At the breaks she was even helping get out the snacks and pull the chairs out for other riders.
2. The team successfully completed another 80 miles--- only 70 more to go! The winds were calm for the last 20 miles, with the promise of a tailwind tomorrow!
3. Notable quote of the day: “If I can’t find something, it’s probably up my shorts”
4. We’ve all learned over the course of the week that Val is capable of telling 20-mile long stories (coffin—HA!)
5. An unidentified creature managed to haul away a rather large piece of road kill only a small distance ahead of the riders. The debate now is whether it was a cougar or bobcat.
6. We only suffered 1 flat today
7. There was an awesome demonstration of teamwork at one point when our fellow rider (Laura) realized she had blown a tire as she was climbing a very steep hill. Not only that but she simultaneously realized her pedal clips were caught. Thanks to Amy & Mary for quickly identifying the problem, dropping their bikes and coming to Laura’s aid. It was a beautiful analogy to what we do every day in an effort to save lives on the verge of a crash. Way to go team!
8. As in every other sport, a good smack on the rear is appropriate especially when hill climbing. Thanks to Rachel for reminding Sherry of this acceptable behavior. It worked!
9. Karaoke--- enough said.
10. Singing the doxology tonight as we gathered for devotions in the hotel… once again, thanks to Betty for leading us with her beautiful voice.
Despite an Achilles injury pulling Sarah off the bike for the rest of the trip, we are thankful that God’s plans are always bigger.
|Rachel apparently has NOT had enough.|
She is now trying to ride the
bike rack outside of the restaurant!
She has been able to share Scripture with the riders on breaks and help out in the sag wagon. It has been a good reminder that God not only sees our futures, but will use our giftings and unique abilities as long as we are willing.
We are all missing family & friends and cannot wait to roll into Maranatha tomorrow between 2:30 and 3pm. Please join us for a welcome back picnic… God has been good! Come cheer us to the finish line. We want to finish well--- to God be the glory.