Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day 4 - Bright Shiny Day in da UP eh?

6:46 am—Val, you need to wake up….
6:48 am—I don’t want to get up though…. I look like death. 
6:52 am - Well ok if we can wear our socks today!
7:00 am - Ready to roll.
Loving the socks Val and Ivory!

Day four started in Escanaba with beautiful weather in the forecast. It started off a bit slow in room 129 as Val and I woke up. After slowly waking up, we started off to go the 75 miles for the day in order to reach our destination in Gulliver.

Along the road, we encountered a few bumps. We went through some road construction that made us ride on gravel for a bit. A few miles down, we were able to ride on a very smooth shoulder of the road with the beautiful Lake Michigan to our right. The sun was shining down on us and we were having a beautiful day.
Stopped for lunch and a pose in Manistique.
We had a very encouraging quote on our first break, something that we had to hear.  “It’s not your legs giving out, it’s your mind is giving up. Keep pedaling!” We all had to get our minds into it and that encouragement was what we needed!

Traffic backed up at construction zone. 
A few other things we encountered today were snakes, lots of sunshine, ice cream, and two flat tires. We are so thankful for safety on the road (especially through the ten miles of construction), discernment, equipment to change a tire on the road, and strong legs to make it through the day. 
We are also thankful for the person that pointed us to the park when we were lost!

Coming in for a break!

A very encouraging thing I encountered personally, were all of the smiling faces on mile one. Everyone is so encouraging and pulls everyone along, not only on their bikes, but in the Christian life. There are so many prayers, so many encouraging words, and of course some amazing food—all things that are pulling us through this week.
MaryAnn and Nancy sharing a seat and charting the course. 

We ended the day site seeing at a lighthouse near our hotel. We are so thankful for all your support, prayers, and encouragement as we prepare for a big day tomorrow as go over the Mackinac Bridge and ride around 100 miles on our bikes.

Until then, you would be hearing constant laughter between the camaraderie of this group. We are having a wonderful time getting to know each other and enjoying the blessings that God has given us.

The R4L team