MISSION TRIP 17 - 2008

Update 22 - OCTOBER 15, 2008
8,967.62 miles (14,348.18 km)

It's been almost three weeks since I've posted an update. Things have been happening. I've been trying to get enough money together so that I can get Alice overhauled. It's finally happening. Monday, I was able to do some work for one of my friends at the United Methodist Church in Americus, Georgia. I spent most of the day spreading out at least 50 bales of pine straw in flower beds. I was pretty amazed at the amount the check was for. It pretty well covered what I needed for the parts and also the cost of getting the parts switched over and the recumbent tuned up. In the mail, I got a check from a minister friend of mine who is a deacon at one of the Episcopal churches in Albany, Georgia.

Yesterday afternoon, I called up my friend at
Arnold's Bicycle Repair to order the parts that I need. I'm hoping to receive the parts next week so that I can get to the CycleWorld bike shop in Albany, Georgia to get Alice overhauled. During a short training ride yesterday afternoon around town, I got some more good news. A couple of weeks ago, I had gone to Calvary Episcopal Church here in Americus, Georgia to talk to the rector, Rev. Donald Hutchens, to see if he knew of anybody has any odd jobs.

Rev. Hutchens told me it might take a couple of weeks to find anything. Rev Hutchens called out to me and I pulled into the parking lot of the church to talk to me. He told me that there was a vestry meeting at the church Monday night and the vestry approved a motion to support my ministry for a total of $250. I should be getting the check later this week or next week. I'll be able to get some needed things for my recumbent like a new set of panniers (bike saddle bags) that I really need. I've had the same set of panniers for the last three seasons and they are really getting worn out.

As I mentioned in the last update, I was thinking about postponing my departure from Americus to the second half of November. If I can get everything together sooner than I expected, I will be getting on the road right after the national elections. I really want to get to the Galveston, Texas area as soon as I can to help out in the recovery and rebuilding effort after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Between my last update and now, I've designed a website for a friend of mine in Australia. He is an Anglican priest in New South Wales. Here is the rector of St. Lukes Anglican Parish in Taralga. This was the fourth website that I designed for a church or ministry other than my own this year.

I'll be posting another update in a couple of weeks.



Bicyclist in Sunset



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