TRIP 2008

Update #07 - March 22nd
Mount Sterling, Illinois
1019 miles (1631 KM)

This is the second update from the road. The ride has been going okay. The only thing off has been the weather. It's been fluctuating from the upper 60s to the lower 40s with everyday. A couple of days ago, I had to deal with heavy rains one day while I was riding between Carlyle and Highland, IL and cold headwinds the next day between Highland and Alton, IL. Yesterday, the temperature was in the 60s with a mixed cross-tailwind and today I'll have a cold headwind and 40 degree weather and I'll be in multi-layers of clothes including my long underwear. This is the third day of Spring. This is the farthest north I've ever been in this part of the country at this time of year.

Along the way, I've made some new friends and struck up some with old acquaintances. I visited with a Methodist pastor who I had met before several years ago in Carlyle, IL. I'm looking forward to see some old friends in Thomson and Savannah, IL in a couple of days.

I was able to make my engagement at the Centenary United Methodist Church Thursday night (March 20th) in Jacksonville, IL. I got into town early enough so that I could meet the pastor, get interviewed by the local newspaper, get settled in with my hosts for the night, get cleaned up, clothes put into the washer, go out to eat supper at a local diner, and be back at the church before 6:45 p.m.

I was thinking that I was going to just sit in the congregation for the Maundy Thursday service. The pastor had me put on a robe costume and be one of the two disciples who got the upper room ready for the last supper. I took down the bread that would be used for the communion and then pretended to pour the juice into the cups. After the reenactment, the pastor called me down so I could distribute the bread while he did the juice for tincture.

After the service, the pastor gave me the chance to speak to the people who stayed on. There was about 2 dozen who stayed on. I talked for about 15 minutes and then there was some questions. With the donations that was given to me that night and in the morning before I got on the road, I got around $300.

Last night, I was the guest of the Methodist church here in Mt. Sterling. Tonight and tomorrow, I'll be the guest of the Methodist Church in Hamilton, IL. I've got a few days left here in Illinois. I'll be riding to Savannah where I will be the guest of the Assembly of G-D minister. From Savannah, I will be crossing the Mississippi River into Iowa and then I will be starting my trip west.

Well, this is all I think I need to write now. The next update should be posted between March 29th and April 05th.



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