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Hans on tour with EZ-Speedster-AX recumbent

Updated: July 08, 2022

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 8,882 Days (24.3397 years) on the road doing ministry. 291,327.89 miles (466,124.81 km) have been traveled since July 08, 2022 in 5,318.76 Days (14.5719 Years). This is equivalent to 11.6995 times around the Equator (the mean distance around the Equator is 24,901 miles (39,841.60 km)) and 52,473 miles (83,957 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 were temporarily corrected. The AFIB problem was corrected in a cardio-version (heart shock) procedure on December 14th, 2018. Itnly 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, 2019. 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 went from taking one medications up to five medication. Now, I am down to three medications.

I've set up a page for Mission Trips 2022. 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. Mission Trip 79 started Wednesday, January 05, 2022 from Frederick, Maryland and ended February 14, 2022 in Cherry Grove Beach, South Carolina. 631.37 miles (1,010.19 km) were cycled during Mission Trip 79. Mission Trip 80 started February 19 from Cherry Grove Beach, South Carolina and ended in Holley, New York on April 26. 1,091.47 miles (1,746.35 km) were cycled during Mission Trip 80. I started Mission Trip 81 from Holley, New York on Friday, June 10. Because of a freak off-bike accident, the mission trip abruptly ended in Middleport, New York on June 22 after just 27.10 miles ( 43.26 km) traveled. Mission Trip 82 started July 06 from Medina, New York. So far, 19.31 miles ( 30.89 km) have been cycled as of July 07. In 2022, I have cycled a total of 1,772.38 miles (2,836.00 km) as of July 07.

So far in 2022, I have been able to speak twenty times at seventeen churches (and/or religious organizations and/or religious settings). The seventeenth church for 2022 was the First Presbyterian Church in Medina, New York on July 03, 2022. In 2021, I spoke thirty-five times at twenty-nine churches (and/or religious organizations and/or religious settings). This was way down from the seventy-seven times that I was able to speak in 2019. The eleventh update for 2022 was posted June 29, 2022. The next update should be posted between July 06 and July 13, 2022.

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. 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 65th birthday on June 15, 2021, I hit 1,298,951,344 wheel revolutions (777,815,176 pedal 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.

On July 27, 2017, while completing my seventeen crossing of the United States, I got hit from the rear near Dixon, Illinois. The person who hit me was a twenty-four year old guy who was speeding and reading a text from his girlfriend. The blow was so hard that I flew at least twenty feet down the road and my tennis shoes were knocked off. My recumbent Alice was damaged beyond repair. I was life-flighted by helicopter to the level one trauma center in Rockford, Illinois. I spent eight days in the orthopedic-trauma center. There was a fracture in my right shoulder blade and left pelvis but I didn't need surgery. There was neuro-muscular damage to my legs. I had to relearn how to walk. I took my first steps using a walker eight days after the accident. I spent several months doing self-rehab going from a walker, to a cane with four-legs, and then to a regular cane. By December 08, I was walking with no assistance. I was able to find another EZ-Speedster-AX swb recumbent. I started the next mission trip in late March 2018. In the past couple of years, I had several minor incidents with vehicles. On March 21, 2018, I got clipped by a van and then on Feb 03, 2013, I had a minor run-in with a lady driver in Southern Florida.

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 97,759.39 miles (156,415.02 km) of touring in 1,789.39 Days (4.9024 years) on it at an average of 53.54 miles (85.66 km) per day. The recumbent had a name and it was "Alice". 36.35 % of all of the miles that I have traveled since 1993 were on Alice.

I was able to locate another 27-speed EZ-Speedster-AX swb 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 as a limited-edition short-production-run test. Because the frame is also made out of aluminum like my last one, this recumbent's name is Allison. Currently, (as of July 07, 2022), 26,267.83 miles ( 42,028.53 km) in 604.65 Days ( 1.6566 Years) at an average of 43.44 MPDAV (68.51 KMPDAV).

There is a lot of information here so I hope you don't mind reading. It is really hard boiling down twenty-nine 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.

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