Sunday, September 25, 2016

Day Three 2016

The morning greeted us with a chill but we were ready to ride our final day. After breakfast, prayer and a devotion we reminisced a little and shed a few tears. We ride for such an important reason and the realization of this hit us this morning. 
We are so grateful to be a part touching lives by riding a bike. We ride so that those working in the centers, schools and churches, can continue to love people as they face difficult decisions regarding their pregnancy. We all play a role and ours is to Ride for Life!  We are honored. 
 Thank you all who have "ridden" with us in prayer, support, text, emails and filling in the gaps while we were gone. 
 The sun was trying to break through the clouds as we left and got onto Oceana Drive heading toward Hart and preparing to hit the bike trail.

We were on a mission to get back home to our family and friends but wanted to take in every moment of this day. We chatted, dodged porcupines and various road kill, pointed out more flocks of turkeys and loved when the sun finally broke through.

Garry and Kelly were our protectors on the road. We thank you both for your leadership, joy and steady pace!  

We jumped onto the trail in Hart. We were thankful to get off the road and out of the headwind we had been fighting all morning. 

We stopped for a quick break in Shelby and then on into Montague where Diane had lunch waiting for us. We were very well taken care of by one another. It is amazing how quickly a group of eight people can become such a great team in three days. You all rock! 

Just before arriving to see our families we stopped for just a few minutes to prayer together and say a tearful goodbye, knowing that once we get back - family becomes the priority! We love all that came out today to cheer us in. What an amazing greeting! More tears and a little more ice cream. Then loaded up our cars and went on home to shower and rest. 

As of today, this team and all of you reading this, have raised close to $17,000 in three days. Thank you from every mom, dad and child! Thank you from every staff and board member, and thank you from the bottom of each of our hearts. We could not have done it without you. We would love to see the total reach at least $25,000 this year. If you are moved to give, please do's not too late. 

Again, we thank you all and go team Ride4Life 2016. I am so proud of you all!!

Garry, Diane, Kelly, Shelley, Carolyn, Cindy, Mary Ann, Staci - Your Ride4Life Team!!