TRIP 2010

Update #34 - December 27th
Savanna, Illinois
8,559.68 miles (13,695.49 KM)

This will probably be the last update for the year. The end of the year is four days away. I'm glad the Holiday season is almost over. December 25th was a quiet day for me. Even though I'm an evangelical Christian minister, I don't Really recognize December 25th as the birthdate of my Maschiach (Messiah). For us Yehudim Meshahim (completed / Messianic Jews), my Messiah was born in the Fall between Rosh Hashonah (the Jewish New Year) and Sukkot (Festival of Tabernacles). If my Messiah was born on Rosh Hashonah, his circumscision was on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement when Jews go to the synoguoges to have the past year's sins forgiven). When I was a child back in Germany, I was a goat/ sheep herder so I knew that no sheep would be out in the fields during the winter since there wouldn't be any grass for them to graze on and it would be too cold. Besides, sheep were normally were brought in by the end of October. It can get down to 0 degrees Celsius (34 degrees Fahrenheit) during the Winter nights.

December 25th was picked by Catholic Church back in 336 AD and was officially recognized by Pope Julius 1st is 345 AD. December 25th was actually the date that the Romans picked to celebrate their sun god "Mythra". Also, December 25th was picked to get the people away from the Winter Soltice Festival Saturnalia that lasted for a week.

Human sacrifice began to be practiced with the belief that it “re-energized” the sun with life. One of the ancient European names of the December 25th holiday was Midvinterblot, which means “midwinter blood” or “midwinter sacrifice”. In South America, “the Maya believed that the heavenly bodies needed human help, which was provided through rituals such as self-mutilation, torture, and human sacrifice. To the Maya, offering this help was simply the price to be paid for the continued survival of the universe. Anciently, the worship of Baal involved rites of human sacrifice of firstborn children up to the age of five by causing them to “pass through the fire to Molech.”

I might cause people some frustration by this but I needed to get this out. The whole Christmas season is just too pagan and secular for me. I'd rather stay with Channukah, Passover, and Easter.

I'm getting used to the cold and the snow but I know that this is just a taste of what will be coming up in January and February. We might be loosing some of the snow that we have on the ground now since it is going to be getting above freezing towards the end of this week.

The experiment of growing a beard is over. I lasted sixteen and a half days before I had to shave. When I looked in the mirror before I shaved (which took me fourty minutes), I saw a stranger. This person was at least 10 years older and he looked more skeptical than what I am. It might have been psychosomatic but while I had the beard on my aches and pains seemed to have been magnified. Here is the last photo that I had taken of me with the beard on before I shaved.

me with a beard

I am already making plans for next year's trip. During 2011's trip, I will be heading out to the West Coast and back. Start date would be in April or early May (depending when the snow melts). I've sent emails to thirty countries to see if they might become corporate sponsors and I've got a couple companies picked out to send them letters. Hopefully, I might be getting some new equipment to replace the ones that are wearing out.

I'll try and add a new update every two weeks along the way so the next one will be around January 10th, 2011.



Bicyclist in Sunset



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