After yesterday’s 80+ mile adventure, it seems as if I’ve re-discovered every muscle I didn’t even know I had! My joints are talking to me in the unmistakable language of stiffness and creakiness. Today, I can, quite literally, feel all the miles in a way I haven’t felt for the entire journey.
The Tour de DioMil has been a fabulous adventure for someone like me who isn’t necessarily an “adventurer” (or even much of a risk taker for that matter!). I’ve gotten a much better appreciation for the beauty of this state. I’ve met many of my fellow Episcopalians and their stories of faith and service will remain with me for some time to come. I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie with my fellow bikers and our faithful support teams.
I have been blessed to have one person ride the entire route with me and I now truly understand why Jesus sent the disciples out “two by two”! (Thanks, Betsy!) The Tour has also been gifted by the energy and presence of our chase car driver, who served tirelessly as our shuttle service, laundry service, Tour photographer, logistics coordinator with our parish contact people and probably dozens of other tasks I don’t even know about! (Thanks, Elizabeth!) There are scores of other folks to thank, but I’ll wait until we’ve gotten the last 70 or so miles behind us.
We began this Tour eleven days ago. Each day we’ve gotten up, gotten ready, and set out to face whatever the day had in store for us. We’ve had some challenges, but we’ve enjoyed the trip. And, at the risk of sounding a bit melodramatic, I’ve been changed by the effort. The Tour may officially end today, but the needs in Haiti and the need for clean water/basic transportation for the poor throughout the world c0ntinue. It’s not too late to make a contribution in support of the Tour. Please visit the website at http://www.tourdediomil.weebly.com
And now, it’s time for me to get on the gear, power up with one (or three!) cups of coffee, climb aboard the bike and pedal on..