by Tom Tebbe

Today was a day off of the bikes, resting in Lewiston, Idaho. Members of the group dispersed to various churches in the neighborhood of the Congregational Presbyterian Church. Several of us went to the Riverfront Church for a contemporary service. Having been raised Catholic with a lot of ritual, biblical passages, and doxology, I spent much of the service reflecting on the many ways that people acknowledge God and give thanks for the bounty in their lives.

Sensory Perception
Eight weeks done and I’m totally attuned to my new world; an almost imperceptible swish of grass alerts me to avert a roadside dog attack; a remote rumble rearwards tells me “Truck Back”; and the note of bike tyres on gravel chips - mimicking crisp kindling crackling on a campfire - warns me to the puncture potential. It has all quietly become sensory mother-load.

My body’s more connected to the course conditions, too. Arms, abdomen, butt and legs - all taut, trimmed and toned (almost as when I was just 26!!) - are working strongly to propel my Giant past remarkable plains, high skies, good Badlands and lovely lakeside leas.
by Leah Spurlin

Today marks our last build day on this year’s bike ride. It’s kind of bittersweet as I look back over the 8 weeks full of accumulating miles, drastic changes in landscape in each region, all the people we met along the way, and mostly the 9 build days we had. Those build days gave us a “day off” of our bike saddle. It’s a time we gave back and worked towards the purpose of the Fuller Center, the root of why we ride every day.

I remember the first build day we had in Atlantic City, New Jersey.We were still strangers to each other. Now I look around at all the faces and am grateful that they are such a huge part of me. I know their stories, their struggles, their praises, and most of all their giving hearts. I looked forward to all the build days for several reasons. On these days we got to work with people we normally don’t see throughout the day. There are some cyclists in the group that have faster paces than I do so I only see them off the road. These days allowed me to spend the majority of the day with a variety of people. I also enjoy the manual labor, the learning of new skills, and feeling humbled after each build.
by Alice Hibma

One of my favorite parts about the Bicycle Adventure is the ever changing scenery. Each day has brought more of the variety and beauty of God's creation into view and today was no different. As we gathered for our morning route meeting shortly after 5, the sunrise over the hills to the east was beautiful. We don't usually start off quite that early, but with over 94 miles on the agenda, it was a wise decision to get an early jump on the heat.

Today we left behind the forests of Idaho and rode through mile after mile of rolling hills covered with wheat. Thanks to the farmers who stopped to talk with Tom and Lois at our last rest stop of the day, we learned the other crops we saw along the way were garbanzo beans and split peas. It was all beautiful and I enjoyed seeing some combines in action. Harvest is a fun time of year.
by David Sperry

54 beautiful miles today on the trail of the Coeur d' Alenes. The first hour was with a group of seven cyclists cruising in a pace-line at 22-23 mph. The second hour + was more relaxed as we enjoyed the sights of one of the most beautiful places on earth.