Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tour De Food

Aug. 23, 2008
We only have about 45 miles today and no less than 6 stops at local churches and one bakery. I nickname the day Tour de Food, as all the stops have lots of food. It seems kind of wrong to be eating so much on a tour for poverty awareness, but the churches here have lots of family and friends on the tour and are major sponsors of the tour. Many of the people here immigrated to Canada themselves or only a generation back. Most came over with almost nothing and now are doing well because they were willing to work hard and they had people to help them get started. The ride took us along the escarpment that overlooks Hamilton and through several vineyards. We are staying tonight at St Catharines, ON. The camp for the weekend is located at the Beacon Christian School.

I am ready for a rest weekend as I seem to be wearing down as are several of the other riders that have gone the full distance. The last week has been quite different from the previous weeks somehow. There are a lot more riders, both the riders that are doing the last leg and lots of 1 or 2 day riders from the local area. A lot of these riders are not as disciplined as we’ve become -- not bad riders, just not as seasoned on the road. Many like to ride and talk and end up concentrating more on talk than ride, which makes for few scary moments. I think next week will be a little more back to normal as we move away from so many supporters.

Speaking of next week, it will be our last week of the tour. Sometimes it seems we’ve been riding forever and sometimes it seems that we started only yesterday. I think I am ready to be done, but I’m not sure how returning to normal life will go either.
Trip total 3737 today 49


Brent Pierson said...

Rick, I hope that you can really enjoy your last week. I know that all the roads have had roller coasters, but this last week will be a roller coaster of emotions. I will hold you up in prayer! Praying for safety, and a peace of mind.

Acts 20:24
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.

God is Good, All the Time!

Maury said...

Rick, Linda and I continue to pray for you each day. I can't believe you are heading for the final week of your journey. Jake and Thereasa were married in St. Catherines in 1968. My sister Tena and his wife were teaching in St. Catherines at that time. God's speed. I look forward to hearing all about the "ride" when you get back.