Neil Mullikin: Perfect way to end the week

A perfect way to end a week on the Trace
October 12, 2021

By Neil Mullikin

This trip from Tougaloo College to Natchez was a sunny and beautiful ride. October became a nice time to ride that section without a threat of a storm in sight.

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Diane Bies: Sunday on the Trace

Sunday on the Trace
October 4, 2021

By Diane Bies

We started our day by attending the church service at Duck River Methodist Church. It is always uplifting to see how our hosts celebrate. After service we started the ride on wet roads but no rain. There were drizzles off and on during the day but no major rain or storms. That makes a good day. Several cyclists took the short walk to Jackson Falls, a beautiful little falls not far from the church and right off the Natchez Trace.
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Dena Strehlow: Beginnings, bridges and bananas

Beginnings, bridges and bananas!
October 3, 2021

By Dena Strehlow

We rode out as a group from Trinity Lutheran Church at 10am, following breakfast, orientation, and prayer. Trace veterans provided useful tips and rookie riders listened intently.

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Neil Mullikin: Mixed feelings with the finish line in sight

Neil Mullikin: Mixed feelings as we near the finish
August 4, 2021

By Neil Mullikin

Only a couple more days of riding. As we ride our days, it’s remarkable how all of us have changed over the course of this ride across the US. Riders have come together to form strong bonds from various parts of life, in addition to the realization that we are all a part of something bigger than ourselves.

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Alice Caldwell: Better late than never

Alice Caldwell: Better late than never
August 3, 2021

By Alice Caldwell

This was my first day riding with the Fuller Center Cross Country team. 
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Today is About Gratitude

Today is About Gratitude
Monday, August 2, 2021

By Jennifer Wells

So today was awesomely beautiful and fun. Great comradery amongst the team members of FCBA group! Today is about gratitude. To live with gratitude is like having a  bit of heaven in our hearts. I am grateful for being alive, to be a part of the FCBA, to have the ability to cycle and fund raise, to have the privilege to know these other awesome cyclists, and finally to help those who are living in poverty housing. Living with gratitude means sharing the gifts and graces that God has given me with others. For some it means living minimally. Or living peacefully and gracefully. What does living with gratitude mean to you?

I am grateful for the beauty I saw today. I want to share some of what I saw with you.

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Randi Topps: A shout-out to our leader

Randi Topps: A shout-out to our leader
July 30, 2021

By Randi Topps

FCBA Ride # 48. Dayville OR to Prineville OR. 84.9 miles. 4,659-foot elevation gain. We climbed two summits today. Each was a very long but gentle climb (3-7%).

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Joining for Worship

Joining for Worship
Sunday, August 1, 2021

By Tim and Sandy Buscheck

We worshipped at St. Michael’s University Church in Isla Vista on Sunday morning. Pastor Scott greeted our team and shared that he took a carbon sabbath after seminary, cycling 11,500 miles in one year. He preached from Exodus 16, which tells the story how God provided manna to the Israelites, just enough for that day. Pastor Scott told us that living on a bicycle and relying on the kindness of strangers, reminds us that God is enough, like daily manna. St. Michael’s University Church extended hospitality, hosting us for three nights and two days, another reminder that God sustains us. 

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Overcoming Adversity

Overcoming Adversity
Thursday, July 29, 2021

By Bill Black

Each morning before our daily ride, we circle up as a group and discuss the ride ahead and finish up with “devotional” in which one of the riders shares thoughts, experiences or some other spiritual reflection.  This practice keeps the riders focused on the purpose of the ride. This is my fifth ride and the last two days were the most powerful devotionals I have ever heard.

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5 Spiritual Lessons to Learn from Bike Riding

5 Spiritual Lessons to Learn from Bike Riding
Saturday, July 24, 2021

By Rob Erskine

The following is a story by Mimi Patrick that I want to share: 

The younger me adored bike riding. It’s an activity that I’ve gotten away from as I got older but some of my happiest childhood memories feature me on a bike. You remember the kid with the limp ponytail that cruised around on a pink bike with tattered plastic pom-pom handles? That was me! It wasn’t a good day unless I had swallowed at least one bug and skinned a knee or elbow. I’m sure I came home crying a few times but you know, I barely remember those accidents. I do remember the good times. Believe it or not, bike riding brought some spiritual lessons too. Just think, all that time God was teaching me these five important spiritual lessons.

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