Hello, Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure followers, it is Lindsey Giles again. Today marks day 60 of the bike adventure (43 ride days 8 build days and 9 off days) with only 5 more days until we reach the Pacific Ocean and Astoria, Oregon. Today’s ride was from Lewiston, Idaho to Dayton, Washington (68 miles) consisting of two climbs and heat with the temperature soaring to 100 degrees. We all finished but most of us slightly parched.
Nearing the end of this journey, I find myself full of many emotions and excitement with the anticipation of my toes in the Pacific Ocean. Honestly, the first three and a half weeks of this trip were emotionally challenging for me. I was homesick and had quite difficulty getting accustomed to sleeping on the floor and taking showers at local aquatic centers, churches, and/or schools. So a huge thank you to all of my family and friends who encouraged me to keep pedaling! On week four I decided I needed a perspective change. Each morning I rose stating to myself the Serenity Prayer and truly accepted whatever was thrown my way, put a smile on my face, and kept pedaling. Now we are on segment 9 and I am so proud of alI of us. I have learned something from each person on this trip from the ability to trust in people and God with all your heart, to giving up attempting to control all circumstances, and to remain positive even in hard times.
In preparation for my return home, I am going to strive to incorporate all I have learned into my everyday life. I close with Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares The Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."