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Hans on tour with EZ-Speedster-AX recumbent

Updated: November 22nd, 2017

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 sixth bicycle (my second recumbent). It was taken in 2009 while I was riding North along the Mississippi River in Western Illinois.

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 7,221 Days (19.7836 Years) on the road doing ministry. As of July 29th, ('17) 264,482.17 miles (423,171.47 km) have been traveled since February 19, 1993 in 4,678.06 Days (12.8166 Years) at an average of 56.54 miles (90.46 km) per day. This is equivalent to 10.6213 times around the Equator (the mean distance around the Equator is 24,901 miles (39,841.60 km)).

Mission Trip 72 actually started November 07, 2016 from the Crescent Beach area (South of St Augustine, Florida) but it ended quite abruptly in the Amboy, Illinois area, July 29th, 2017. The trip was supposed to take me around the United States in a ride of compassionate service and prayer. Of the nearly 10,000 miles (16,000 km) tentatively planned for the trip, I was able to ride 7,075.28 miles (11,320.45 km).

I headed South from Crescent Beach, Florida to Cloud Lake, Florida (South of West Palm Beach, FL), West across the state to Ft Myers, North to Perry, Florida, and then West to Chula Vista, California (South of San Diego). I ended 2016 in Seguin, Texas. Between November 07th and December 30th, I rode 1,951.23 miles (3,121.97 km).

From Seguin, Texas, I headed West to Chula Vista, California through San Antonio and El Paso, Texas; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Tuscon and Yuma, Arizona; and El Centro, Cailfornia. I arrived in Chula Vista, California Thursday, Feb 16th and I cycled 2,604.79 miles ( 4,167.66 km) from Perry, Florida. This was my 18th crossing of the USA since 1993.

At Chula Vista, California, I started my trip North up the Pacific Coast through San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Crescent City, California to Fort Stevens State Park (Hammond, Oregon). I got to Fort Stevens State Park May 27th and I rode 1,246.53 miles (1,994.45 km) from Chula Vista, California. On May 28th, I left Fort Stevens State Park outside of Hammond, Oregon and headed slightly Northeast to Kingston, Washington. After crossing Pugent Sound on a ferry to Edmonds, Washington, I got on US 2. I basically stayed on US 2 across Washington, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota, to Bemidji, Minnesota. I crossed the Cascade Mountain Range at Stevens Pass in Washington and crossed the Continental Divide in the Montana Rocky Mountains at Marias Pass. At Bemidji, Minnesota, I cycled along the Paul Bunyan Trail and the Great River Road along the Misssissippi River to Minneapolis - St Paul, Minnesota.

The trip was supposed to have lasted between twelve and thirteen months. I was 2,562.22 miles (4,099.55 km) into my 19th crossing of the United States and 1,112.76 miles (1,780.42 km) away from Kittery, Maine, which was supposed to be my turning point back to Florida. All of the dreams and work of finishing the rode were dashed when I got struck from the rear by a car going at a high speed just South of Amboy, Illinois. I was hit from behind by a young guy who was speeding and texting while driving on July 29th. There was enough concern about brain and spinal trauma that I was air lifted by helicopter to the Trauma Center at the Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Illinois. I didn't have to go through any surgery. I did spend eight days in the ortho-paedic trauma unit of the hospital. There were a couple of fractures in a few bones but these healed through rest. For the year, I had cycled 5,099.47 miles (8,159.15 km) (as of July 9th) and 7,050.70 miles (11,281.12 km) for the whole mission trip..

After spending two months in Rockford, Illinois, I was able to travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi where I will be spending the rest of the year and possibly through Winter. The trip was between Monday (Oct 02) and Wednesday (Oct 04) and it was mostly done by taking two Amtrak trains. I will probably not start on another missionary bike tour until March or April of next year.

I've set up a page for Mission Trips 2017. The Twenty-second update for 2017 was posted on November 16th. The next update will be posted between November 23rd and November 29th. Here is the link.
TRIP 2017

I have set up a directory for all of the mission trips that started in 1993. 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 2017 (as of October 29th), I have been able to speak at Thirty-four churches. During Mission Trip 72 between November 07, 2016 and July 29, 2017, I spoke at 44 churches. 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.

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 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, MI 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 is an EZ-Speedster-AX instead of a -SX. Aluminum was used to make the frame instead of steel and it has front and rear disc brakes. Instead of having a gear range of 24-speeds, I now have a range of 27-speeds. As of July 29th, 2017, I've got 96,138.10 miles (153,820.96 km) of touring in 1,789.39 Days (4.9024 Y) on it at an average of 53.73 miles (85.96 km) per day. The recumbent does has a name and it is "Alice". Alice is now my number one bicycle/ recumbent with regards to miles traveled on it. 36.35 % of all of the miles that I have traveled have been on Alice.

There is a lot of information here so I hope you don't mind reading. It is really hard boiling down twenty-two 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 seven 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, 2014.

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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