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Hans on tour with EZ-Speedster-AX recumbent

Updated: August 24, 2019

Welcome to the section about my ministry travels by bicycle. In August 2008, I came across the photo on the left of me and my second bicycle. It was used in the Minneapolis, Minneapolis "Star-Tribune" where a short article had been written about me . I hadn't seen the photo before since the article it was from wasn't in the collection of newspaper articles that had been written about me and my ministry since 1993. After checking out the internet, I found out that it was from an article in the Beloit, Wisconsin "Daily News" dated
JUN 21, 1996 . The photo on the right is one of me and my eighth bicycle (my fourth recumbent, Allison). It was taken in Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York on May 25, 2018.

At the time of the Beloit, Wisconsin article, I had only ridden a total of 43,138 miles (69,021 km) in 729 Days (1.9972 Years) of cycling. Since February 19, 1993, I have spent 7,909.00 Days (21.6685 years) on the road doing ministry. I started Mission Trip 75 on Friday, March 24, 2019. As of August 22nd, 2019, 273,730.46 miles (437,968.74 km) have been traveled since February 19, 1993 in 4,862.04 Days (13.3207 Years) of cycling at an average of 56.30 MPDAV (96.08 KMPDAV) per day. This is equivalent to 10.9927 times around the Equator (the mean distance around the Equator is 24,901 miles (39,841.60 km)) and 34,873 miles (55,797 km) coming back from the Moon..

The heart problems (AFIB and Stage One Congestive Heart Failure) that waylaid me during my mission trips in 2018 have pretty well been corrected. The AFIB problem was corrected in a cardio-version (heart shock) procedure on December 14th, 2018. It only took one shock to I get my heart back into normal sinus rhythm. After taking medication for my heart for a little over a month after the cardio-version procedure, I learned that the EF (Ejection Fraction, percentage of blood that is pumped through the heart during one heart beat) was back up to normal. I had the last echo-cardiogram (ultrasound) on January 14th. Right after the AFIB, my heart's EF had dropped down to a dangerous low between 30 and 35% while a normal EF is 55%. I will be on the heart medication probably for the rest of my life. I was on five medications but now I am only on three medications. The main heart medication was decreased from two pills a day to just a half of a pill a day.

I've set up a page for Mission Trips 2019. The link to the page is
HERE . On the trip index pages, you will find a map of the route that I had ridden, trip logs, either stories from the road or trip updates, links to any newspaper articles written that year, and lists of churches that I was able to speak at during that year. During 2018, I was able to speak at twenty-three churches. The Twenty-ninth church that I spoke at in 2019 and the Twenty-seventh church during Mission Trip 75 was the St Paul Lutheran Church in St Charles, Illinois on August 18, 2019. As of August 24, 2019, I have cycled 4,411.52 miles (7,058.44 km) in 99.65 days (.2730 Years) at an average of 44.27 MPDAV (70.83 MPDAV). The Eighteenth update for 2019 and Sixteenth update for Mission Trip 75 was posted on August 11, 2019. The next update should be posted between August 18th and August 25th, 2019.

I have set up a directory for all of the mission trips that started in 1993. You can check out the index pages for previous years by clicking
HERE . To see a list of all of my mission trips broken down into trip legs, click HERE .

I tell everybody that "With every wheel revolution, a prayer goes up to Heaven". On my 48th birthday (June 15th, 2004) while riding between Crystal City and Saint Genevieve, Missouri, I passed the 1 Billionth wheel revolution mark. At the end of my 55th birthday in Purcell, Oklahoma, I hit 1,124,476,182 wheel revolutions. I wasn't on tour on my 56th birthday on June 15, 2012 but I was at the 1,133,215,374 wheel revolutions when I started the first mission trip (Mission Trip 41). At the end the day's ride on my 20th Anniversary of my ministry (March 27,2013), I was at 1,146,945,878 wheel revolutions. At the end of my 57th birthday on June 15, 2013 in Manistique, Michigan, I hit 1,152,567,874 wheel revolutions. At the end the day's ride on my 21st Anniversary of my ministry (March 27, 2014), I was at 1,169,982,032 wheel revolutions. At the end of my 58th birthday on June 15, 2014 in Grand Island, Nebraska, I hit 1,174,744,346 wheel revolutions. When I got off the road November 27th 2014, my wheels have gone around a total of 1,174,744,346 times. At the end of my 59th birthday on June 15, 2015 in Bemidji, Minnesota, I hit 1,192,018,418 wheel revolutions. At the end of my 60th birthday on June 15, 2016 in Chittenango, New York, I hit 1,209,749,987 wheel revolutions. At the end of my 61st birthday on June 15, 2017 in Hayden, Idaho, I hit 1,225,125,699 wheel revolutions. At the end of my 62nd birthday on June 15, 2018 in South Amsterdam, New York, I hit 1,233,868,279 wheel revolutions. When I abruptly ended Mission Trip 74 on October 28, 2018, I hit 1,237,373,063 wheel revolutions (742,423,823 pedal revolutions). At the end of my 63rd birthday on June 15, 2019 in Rochester, Indiana, I hit 1,241,804,804 wheel revolutions

Not counting the troubles that I have had in 1995 (damaging my lower back in a non-bike accident in Hannibal, MO) and 1997 (having one bike stolen (Philadelphia, PA) and another one destroyed in a car crash (New Orleans, LA)), 2002 was by far the hardest year since I was hit twice by vehicles (both were minor accidents occurring in Georgia and Kentucky), having the frame of my first short-wheelbase recumbent broken nearly in two because of frame failure and getting it emergency welded together in Kentucky, and having a major accident that occurred during the end of Spring while I was in the New England Region that resulted in major surgery. My record for not having any run-ins with cars since 2002 was broken on July 21, 2015 because I had a minor run-in with a car in Addison, Michigan near Adrian. My recumbent was slightly damaged and I only sustained some road rash on my left arm.

Around noon on Saturday, May 4th 2002, while coasting down a hill outside of Dublin, New Hampshire, I crashed because my front tire blew out. I had been going at least fifteen miles per hour. The crash was caused by either the rim cracking or an inner tube blowout. There was extensive damage done to my left shoulder. A two-piece artificial head for my left humerus (upper arm bone) was implanted in a four hour operation on June 07th at Maine General Hospital in Augusta, Maine. More about this can be read in the posted updates between May 4th and July 25th of 2002. I was able to get back on the road near the end of July.

2009 was the safest year for me since I had no major incidents with vehicles or spills. I did have one minor incident with a vehicle when I was almost side-swiped. Six years almost gone past from the last run-in with a car. I got hit by a car on July 21, 2015 in the Addison, Michigan area near Adrian. My recumbent wasn't damaged much but I did suffer a bad case of road rash on my left arm.

Probably the most unusual donation to the ministry occurred in late April 2005 when a brand new recumbent (my second) was given to me. This happened in Savanna, Illinois. A new recumbent was really needed since I had almost 50,000 miles (80,000 km) on the old one and there was some weakness in the frame. The second recumbent lasted till April 18, 2007. It was destroyed in a freak auto accident in Mystic, Connecticut but I was not on it at the time. This was the second bicycle destroyed by an automobile. 23,323 miles (37,317 km) was ridden on it in 410 days at an average of 56.89 miles (91.02 km) per day.

The third recumbent was made by the same two companies as my last recumbent (Easy Racer - Sun) and it was an EZ-Speedster-AX instead of a -SX. Aluminum was used to make the frame instead of steel and it had front and rear disc brakes. It had 27-speeds instead of 21-speeds. Before it's destruction during the accident on July 29th, 2017, I was able to get 96,138.10 miles (153,820.96 km) of touring in 1,789.39 days (4.9024 years) on it at an average of 53.73 miles (85.96 km) per day. The recumbent had a name and it was "Alice". 36.35 % of all of the miles that I have traveled were on Alice.

I was able to locate another EZ-Speedster-AX recumbent. The main differences between my last recumbent, Alice, and this one are that the chain tubes and the front chain ring guard are missing. I found my new recumbent through the website of The Bicycle Man bike shop in Southwest New York. I was quite lucky because there were only 330 of this model of recumbent built in 2005. Because the frame is also made out of aluminum like my last one, this recumbent's name is Allison. Currently, (as of August 24, 2019), 9,257.26 miles (14,811.62 km) have been cycled on her in 206.54 Days (0.5659 Y) at an average of 44.82 MPDAV (71.71 KMPDAV).

There is a lot of information here so I hope you don't mind reading. It is really hard boiling down twenty-six plus years of travel. Please enjoy the information that you can find here. At the bottom of this page there is a link to an index page to sections that talk about each year of my ministry. There are maps, trip logs, links to any press coverage, lists of churches that I spoke during the at year, and either stories that I've written about things that happened along the way or in later year's trip updates. There is also a page that talks about the eight bicycles that I've had so far.

To get a better understanding on who I am, what I am doing, how it all started, and what is my message in a brief form, here is an animated flipbook that I created through some new software that was developed by
Kvi Soft . The flipbook answers the thirteen most commonly asked questions about me and my ministry. Clicking on the graphic below will open up the flipbook in another window.

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Originally, the selected questions were some of the ones that were in a handout flyer that I gave out. Since I first started handing them out in 2003, I estimate that I passed out 5,000+ handouts (this doesn't count the ones that ushers handed out at churches). The handout flyer is supposed to be 2-sided and tri-folded. The information was outdated so I updated it to November 24, 2016.

The flyer is distributed here in PDF format (61 KBytes). You need Adobe Reader to view it. If you don't have Adobe Reader installed on your computer, here is a link to a download site.

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