"Failure to plan is planning to fail."
-Anonymous, texted to me by Christy "Purple" Price
"An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children."
-A. W. Tozer, texted to me by Ericka Warren
We pedaled 67.6 miles today and are now in Ashland, New Hampshire. New Hampshire may be tied with Illinois for the Worst Roads of the Ride Award. Route 4, especially in towns was awful. New Hampshire did redeem itself when we got on Route 104. Tomorrow we will decide whether or not Illinois or New Hampshire will take home that coveted Worst Roads award. New Hampshire did not have a "Welcome to New Hampshire" sign so you'll just have to take my word for it.
Last night at Doug and Cindy's home we ate lasagna and a super, super salad. We also had peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. After pigging out at supper, Jonathan and I weighed ourselves. On the trip Jonathan has gained five pounds (muscle) and I have lost seventeen pounds (the other stuff)! Wow! That's one pound more than a regular bowling ball!
We stayed his morning Cindy was in the kitchen early preparing a breakfast that was above and beyond the call of duty. Breakfast gave us a lot of nutrition for the pedaling today. We sure did have a great time with these Veridians (Vermont and Florida residents) and are looking forward to seeing them again in Watkinsville in August. We are thankful for and to Doug, Cindy, Keith, and Matthew and their two vicious watchdogs, Chloe and Hannah.
Before leaving Bradford, Doug and I walked out to the barn and he gave me the tour. There's just something about barns. I believe I am fascinated by the timbers and connections of barn structural systems. I think I would like to remodel a barn into a residence one day. I guess I'd better get home and finish the house we live in before I start a barn.
Tomorrow we plan to ride to Sanford, Maine. The ride will be about 61 miles. We hope to start pedaling at 6 A.M. and get to our destination around noon. After we arrive in Sanford, we will drive to Portland to pick up Sarah and Barry (our daughter and son-in-law). We'll spend the night in Portland, return to Sanford on Saturday morning, and pedal to the Atlantic, 22.7 miles east. I'm excited.
I know many of you have been praying for the three of us. For that I am eternally grateful. Your love, prayers, comments, and encouragement mean more than you'll ever know. If this blog ever becomes a devotional book, your comments will surely be included.
Some of my favorite prayer promises in Scripture are:
Matthew 21:22, "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
John 15:7, "But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Alway be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Jesus Christ."
Colossians 4:2, "Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart."
Ephesians 6:18, "Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere."
. . . even when they are pedaling! Thank you.