Sunday, July 21, 2013

Day 63 - July 20 - Mason to Wilmington, OH

Day 63 - July 20 - Mason to Wilmington, OH (30 mi)

It was an outstanding day!  It started with a wonderful breakfast prepared by Chad, as every morning should begin with a good breakfast!  Then, we biked down into the Little Miami River valley, reaching a top speed of 38 MPH.  The folks from Georgetown Church of Christ we ready and waiting to join us on a 10 mile ride along the scenic Little Miami.  What fun!

We biked along slowly talking much -- great fellowship and beautiful surroundings!  Truly, we didn't want it to end!  We reached a camping area, where the Georgetown church had rented a pavilion.  We ate lunch -- hamburgers, hot dogs, con on the cob and watermelon.  I spoke about the decisions we make today to follow Christ will have a ripple effect all the way to the third and fourth generations of those who love the Lord, not to mention the UPG's and eternity.  However, I was speaking of passing the faith to our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

We tore ourselves away from the Georgetown brethren, and began the ascent out of the valley -- a category one climb, made much easier with no saddlebags.  We rode 15 more miles to Wilmington, my hometown.  We beat the storm by 5 minutes! l We stayed with long-time friends, Jon and Amy Luttrell; farmers here in South Central Ohio.  We ate dinner tonight with childhood friend, Ray Vance and wife Patti.  Ray is the minister at South Side church in Washington Court House, where we will be on Monday evening, Lord willing.

Also, today mark a milestone, we are one year away today from releasing the Come Christian Church to move forward without missionary presence.  July 20, 2014, Lord willing, Brenda and I will move on to a new Kingdom service.  What that will be, we have no idea!  Pray with us!

Thank you for praying!
Dave, Luey and Andy

Day 62 - July 19 - Fairfield to Mason, OH

Day 62 - July 19 - Fairfield to Mason, OH (28 mi)

From Fairfield to Mason (actually, Morrow) was only 28 miles.  It was a beautiful ride through wooded and rolling hills.  Kent, a member of the Fairfield church road along with us with only one gear working (more on that in a minute).  We ended up on the Little Miami River bike trail, which is a scenic river.  As we rode along, we all knew that out of 3500 miles, it won't ever get any better than that -- absolutely beautiful -- and we praised the Lord of all creation.

We arrived in Morrow, and the home of Chad and Tish Powers.  They have two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Olivia.  Their neighbors are on vacation and said, "You all make yourselves at home in our home!"  Wow -- welcoming complete strangers into their home!

Kent's bike had only one working gear, and he thought he needed to buy a new bike, because that's what the bike shop told him.  Luey took a look at it, and in only 15 minutes Luey had both front and rear gears working like they were brand new!  Kent was amazed!

Christ's Church in Mason hosted our Gloritrek event, but it was sponsored by the Georgetown Church of Christ.  About 20 members from that church drove for more than an hour to be a part of Gloritrek!  What a blessing they are to us!  They also organized the next morning ride along the Little Miami River.  What a great day!

Thank you for praying!
Dave, Luey and Andy