Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pedal Day 20 - Thanks!

"The world makes way for a man who knows where he is going."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, texted to me by Ericka Warren

"Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it."
-Proverbs 22:6

"For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examines every path he takes."
-Proverbs 5:21

We arrived at Roughrider Campground at 1:30 P.M. after a short 51.41 miles ride from Stanley. Margaret came and met us there. We're not sure what we'll do this evening but all three of us are happy about not packing everything and moving out again in the morning. We pedal again Monday morning. Tomorrow we rest and all we can say is "whooopee!"
We had a mixture of winds this morning with most coming out of the southwest. The temperature, when we got into the Explorer was 36 degrees. When we started pedaling the temperature was 44 degrees. It was cool for a while but still has been a beautiful day with smooth roads (for the most part) and courteous drivers.
Our ride today was on Route 2 which is now four-lane. The closer we got to Minot the worse the road became, especially the shoulders. We went from the almost ten foot wide, smooth shoulders in Stanley to no shoulders as we neared Minot. If we had shoulders near Minot, they were gravel. Riding on those shoulders for us would have been like riding in a car in the median! So we rode in the right lane, close to the edge, and every vehicle, but one, pulled over into the passing lane to go by. We are blessed and thankful!
As you can tell by the photos, we rode through farmland all the way today! Beautiful country. From what I saw a lot of roast beef sandwiches (wheat bread) come from North Dakota. I'm reminded of a billboard I saw in Georgia once: "If you're gonna complain about farmers, don't do it with your mouth full." Out here farming is big! The equipment is big too. I am amazed!
We are now at 1,285 miles! That means we have about 3,010 miles to go to Bar Harbor. Monday our numbers will slide into the 1,200 range. Soon another state will be finished and we'll move on through Minnesota and cross the Mighty Mississippi! When I look at our United States map and the red line we've pedaled, it blows my mind how far we've come. We are closing in on the target and it's a great feeling. We even found a North Dakota license plate yesterday!
Most of you who know me know my favorite passage of Scripture is Hebrews 12:1-2: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish." 
This ride makes me think of that passage more and more. The three of us are being watched by what we consider a huge crowd of witnesses. From the comments you have written I have been constantly encouraged and reminded that I'm not riding alone. There's a bunch of you that are pedaling with me as you pray, encourage, and remind me that you are there pulling for all three of us. Many of you have said that you feel like you're with me as I ride. That makes us a team. Because of that, I plan to pedal with endurance the ride (we're certainly not racing) that God has set before me keeping my eyes on Jesus, on whom my faith depends from start to finish. 
I can ride the race with patience (endurance) because it's fixed!
Jesus paid it all
All to him I owe
Sin had left its crimson stain
He washed it white as snow.


  1. Hey Guys. My wife (Kelli) works with Sarah and she told me about what you are doing. I just got done with a 250 mile charity ride and I thought I was the man. I have to withdraw my opinion and say that YOU TWO are the men.

    Keep up the good work. Be careful and I'll be praying for a tailwind for you!

  2. So proud of you three. Again, the blogs are highlights of our days. You all are always on our minds...made gravel/Puppy Chow this a.m. using Margaret's recipe. YUMMY! I spoke at a commencement tonight and met a guy Adam Ross who said he was at PABC for years and very good friend of Jonathan. His dad is Anthony and now they live in Ocilla, GA. I pray you three have a restful night and a great day of worship tomorrow!

  3. Hey ya'll (that's so you won't forget the southern lingo). Thought about you 2 yesterday as we and the Cleveland family rode 4 miles at Callaway Gardens...and Seth did it on training wheels. (New meaning to "Train" up a child.;)
    Trowell met a builder at a closing the other day and they started talking about your adventure. The builder's father is a long-time pedaler, maybe in his 70's now. Not sure if he's following your blog; hope he is!
    Just another example of the "team" riding with you guys!
    By the way, I'm still LOVIN' the barn pictures, Barry!
    Just keep pedaling, just keep pedaling!

  4. Judd, if you did a 250 mile charity ride, YOU ARE STILL THE MAN! Keep pedaling and thanks for the encouragement.

  5. You know, I'm looking at that first picture, and those are sure some small cows they've got there in North Dakota. You think they'd be bigger or something. The thing that breaks my fully compassionate heart more than anything else about your trip is seeing Jonathan having to camp out in the wilderness while you live in high splendor. Look, he's being forced to read as evidenced in the above picture instead of watching cable TV, like all Americans should have the privilege of doing. Jonathan, just know I am thinking about you today while I'm taking a nap on the sofa. I will watch TV for you tonite - in your honor.

  6. Barry, your words never cease to encourage me. A little story about your fav verse. On one particular WNA, you were disappointed to have no one who was able to quote Hebrews 12:1-2. I determined that the next time you asked, I'd do it. I worked hard at it, and the next time you asked I quoted it. You gave me a powerade water bottle. I can't tell you how proud I was of that wat bottle. Well, my Trig teacher was not fond of me using it in class (for water--really?!) and took it from me. I was heartbroken. I'm still not so sure I've forgiven her. Ok, I haven't. :(
    But I love you, and I have never forgotten those verses.
    Keep pedaling, you three! We're cheering for you in Athens, GA!