TRIP 2007

Update #28 - October 18th
Americus, Georgia
9944 miles (15,910 KM) since Jan 01st
9103 miles (14,564 KM) since March 03

My time off the road is being extended for a little while longer. I was planning to get back on the road to start my 16th missionary bike tour back on the 2nd of this month. It's been put on hold for a while for a couple of reasons. If the weather cooperates, I'll be getting back on the road either Saturday, October 27th or Thursday, November 01st.

Today is a special day for me. I am celebrating two anniversaries today. Nine years ago I was ordained as an independent minister through the St. Lukes Evangelical Ministry. It was also nine years ago today when I started this website by signing up for a free account at Geocities and putting down the first lines of HTML.

Nothing much has happened in the last couple of weeks. I've gotten some more rest. My website has been worked on quite a bit. I've taken some short trips to keep my legs in shape. I've ridden around 120 miles since getting back into Americus. This isn't much. I normally get this amount done in 2-3 days on the road.

It's just been a pleasure just cruising around without all of my gear on the back of the recumbent. Without the extra weight, I've been flying down the streets here is Americus. There have been quite a few times that I've gotten up to 20 mph. Usually, my average speed has been around 15 mph. Maintaining a high rate of speed and sub-coconsciously squeezing my abdomen muscles with every pedal stroke has kept my weight from increasing. I've probably only gained 4 pounds since getting off the road. Normally, I usually gain 10 or more pounds if I'm not touring.

I have been branching out with my ministry. I've gotten involved with several forums (Bike Forums in the recumbent and touring sections, and RCP). RCP is a special forum where people from around the world try to find ways to eradicate the sexual exploitation of children on the internet. I've been asked to become a "Supporting Member" because of my experience in the field and having an extensive section on my website. There are over 2200 members from around the world taking part in the forum.

As I've been mentioning, I'll by riding through the Gulf States (between Florida and East Texas (no farther west in Texas passed San Antonio) this next trip. Depending if any hurricanes come through the area, I will try and plan to spend most of the time in Mississippi and Louisiana to see how the recovery effort is still going on after Hurricane Katrina.

We have been quite lucky that this hurricane season has turned to be quite light as last years was. Hopefully, the agencies that I stop at will be more willing to take on solo-volunteers this time. I'd like to make my way up to Shreveport, Louisiana to check out the housing development being built by my friend, Millard Fuller, and his organization the Fuller Center For Housing.

I'll try and post and update as often as I can if my plans change. The next update should be posted between October 25th and November 01st. Hopefully, I'll have more to write about by then.



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