What’d you do?

hearts31How did you celebrate Memorial Day?

We went up to spend a few hours with my dad. I’d only seen him briefly since his return from the 3000 – mile bike ride. It had felt like a year since I’d sat and talked with him.

Although I couldn’t talk very well yet (had mouth surgery last week, I won’t gross you out with the details. Just know, it wasn’t fun, and I still have a sore mouth). But regardless of my inability to converse very much, I had a blast hearing his stories.

I’m sure I’ll pick a few throughout the coming months and share with you, but one that stuck out to me from the weekend was about the Lion’s Club breakfast.

My dad had stayed overnight in a small town and needed a big breakfast to start off a long day of biking ahead. He found a Lions Club having a pancake breakfast. What better way to start the day, right?

He and his wife got in and seated and began eating. In came some former city officials and sat with my dad. They asked him what he was doing, and after a while of talking, one of them got up and went to the microphone.

The man told the entire group about my dad’s coast-to-coast bike ride to raise money for Young Life. The crowd applauded and encouraged. But they even went further and started dropping money on his table.

Yep, my dad walked out with a bag of donations!

Dad said that he experienced “God” things like that almost daily on the trip. Sure, not all of them dealt with money being dropped on his breakfast table, but amazing nonetheless.

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So, how’d you spend your Memorial Day weekend? I’d love to hear what you did.

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GOD CARES ABOUT BIKES?

wowOkay, so, it’s kinda mucky out there right now, isn’t it? Economy, swine flu, you name it. But, let’s take a few minutes and think about something that’s inspired us! Tell me your story.

Here’s mine.

So, you all know about my dad. He did a 3,000 mile road bike to raise money for Young Life.

Well, with less than a couple hundred miles left on his ride, his bike broke. Something about a gear shifter lever. You can tell I’m not a technician, can’t you?

Well, this broken shifter meant that he was stuck in ONE gear. And that’s just not good when you’re navigating hills, battling headwinds, etc.

Well, after a day of pedaling with just one gear, he decided he’d stop in a bike store to ask if they can manually put it in an easier gear.

The man said, “Sure, I’ll take a look at it.”

“I know you can’t fix it, two bike shops already told me it’s not fixable, but if you can get it in an easier gear for me, that’d be great,” my dad said.

“Sure, let me take a look.” The guy took the bike back.

Now, a couple hours earlier, My dad had talked to his pastor on the phone to give him an update of the ride so far, so they could share it with the congregation back home in AZ. When he heard about the bike problems, he said he’d have them pray for him.

A few minutes later, the technician came out with my dad’s bike, “Well, fixed her up for ya.”

“You fixed it? Or just got it into an easier gear for me?”

“No, I fixed it.”

Turns out he was able to band-aid fix the gear shifter. So, for the last 119 miles, my dad had all his gears. He said it was a good thing, because he had a head wind the entire 119 miles on that last day!

The power of prayer, even when it’s just about a bike ride. Amazing.

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Your Turn

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Coast to Coast for Kids

Well, for those of you who are following my dad’s progress across the country on his road bike…..

http://coasttocoastforkids.blogspot.com/

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He’s doing well, so far. He keeps truckin’ along and updating his blog about it as he has time (and internet connections.)

If you’re interested on how to participate, CLICK HERE.

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Keep goin’, Dad, were prayin’ for ya!

3,100 mile bike ride update

dads-bike-picture2My dad is almost five hundred miles into his journey across America. Can you believe it? He’s raised over $20,000.00 so far! It’s amazing.

He rode through Phoenix on Sunday, so Charlie and I met up with him and biked about 47 miles with him.

It was such a blast even though we had a 20 mph headwind at times.

In case you haven’t read his story, you can see both parts by clicking links below:

Part One

Part Two

For the most part, things are going well. Some predicted aches and pains from riding a road bike  over 100 miles per day. He is having a little unexpected foot pain, but my sweet hubby, who’s a physical therapist,  took good care of him when he stopped through Phoenix.

So, keep my dad, Don, in your prayers. He has a long way to go until he gets to Florida.

He’s such an inspiration.

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I’m curious — who inspires you? I’d love to hear your stories.

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