Day 75 - Aug. 1 - Burnham to Grantville, PA (80 mi)
The day could have been much, much worse! We were fortunate to only get pulled over once today on Rt 322, but we had already made it the 12 miles needed to reach Old US22. When we were really in a pickle -- not knowing which way to proceed (mtns to the L, mtns to the R, rivers with no bridges, highways than are NOT bike accessible, etc.) -- God sent Jim. Jim was a retired state trooper, and his directions were spot-on, and avoided all of the above! And, when I was really in a world of hurt, having left my wallet in the store along the highway -- God sent Bill. Bill was the shopkeeper, and drove out to find us and return my wallet! (I didn't know it was even missing!) Then, the views going around Harrisburg and along the Susquehanna River were spectacular! Best of all, we've made it through most of the mtns of PA! Lastly, we're finally pointed straight at NYC! One more lastly -- the motel we're staying at has a cork-screw slide into the pool, a putt-putt course and snow cones (This would be Noah's favorite part of the day!) As for Brenda, she did a great job navigating, coordinating logistics and finding the motel!
I'm going to back up a few days and add some photos to the blog entries. You might want to check them out!
Tomorrow, we may have an old friend, Chris, who taught at Morrison, in Taiwan, joining us for the 90 mile ride from Grantville to the NJ border. Our goal is to have 60 miles, or less on Saturday. Two days to NYC! Lord willing, Battery Park, 2:00 PM, Saturday! Please join us if you happen to be in the area! Free sweaty hugs for everyone! Sunday, we'll be sharing with the multiple campuses of Pastor George's evangelical church out at Heckscher State Park on the Atlantic Ocean. The church has rented a pavilion, and is planning a picnic! What a cool way to conclude Gloritrek!
The Lord has been so good to us! And, to top it all off -- the pizza just arrived!
Thank you for praying!
Dave, Luey and Andy (w/ Brenda and Noah too)