Hi, my name is Lindsey Giles from Albany, GA. Today’s ride was from Evansville, WI to Lancaster, WI which turned out to be a grueling, windy 81 miles if one did not miss a turn as I did. However, for me marks 17 biking days, 3 off days, and 5 build days, equaling 25 days of being on the Fuller Center Bike Adventure and becoming a part of this truly amazing organization both physically and emotionally challenging but so worth it!!
Becoming a part of the adventure became more a reality versus a dream approximately one year ago after my father passed. On this journey I am wearing his sunglasses, which leaves me feeling not only is he with me in my heart but also is sharing the journey with me through the now shared lens of our sunglasses. For those reading the blogs and following the bike adventure, I encourage you to take part in this amazing journey because it will affect you and change your overall outlook of life.
A very familiar quote by Helen Keller comes to my mind when I look back these past weeks: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” From the coast of Atlantic City, streets of Kensington, PA, and Gary, IN, to the miles of corn fields in Wisconsin, the over abundance of love and support from not only my personal family and friends but the towns, churches, volunteers, and Fuller covenant partners, cannot be expressed in words alone. We have been shown the greatest amount of hospitality, love, and encouragement that I, at one time prior to this trip, had felt was nonexistent in today’s society. Thank you to each of you who have helped make our journey possible thus far.
I close with an excerpt from Romans 5:3-4 “…because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope.” For those who know me personally, you know that my life has certainly seen its fair share of challenges and loss. I challenge each of you not to dwell or worry about the challenges that have been thrown in your path but instead enjoy the journey, hold your head high, and smile. It is bound to make you a stronger and happier person.
To my family and friends back home, I love and miss you daily. Sending you each hugs, and look forward to seeing you soon.
To my fellow riders, I am wishing you sweet dreams of corn fields tonight and may we be blessed with clear skies tomorrow and the wind at our backs.