Observations from a Weeklong Rider

Written by: Kim Eisenbarth

Today was a picture perfect day of biking (for me at least). The weather cooperated, and the wind calmed down from yesterday, which is a noteworthy event for Illinois. We started the day in Beardstown and ended in Creve Couer, near Peoria, Illinois. Our church hosts, the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, greeted us with a much appreciated feast!

I have had the privilege to ride with this amazing group of cross country cyclists. They have been together for over six weeks and more that 2,000 miles. They have become their own FCBA family.

The morning routine especially demonstrates this. Everyone is assigned a specific chore team. It seems to be utter chaos at times, but it works. Just like a traditional family, some folks take on more of the workload than others. But that, too, seems to be tolerated.

After this long on the road, their attitude has taken on an “it’ll do” attitude, which may not have been evident in the early days of the trip. I have witnessed someone sniffing a jersey to determine if it could be worn another day. And someone else decided if those paper thin bike shorts would work. I like to think that they have developed a better awareness of what their priorities need to be!!

There really isn’t the sense of panic or worry I have seen on other rides. I asked one of the leaders about a concern and her response was that it will work out. God takes care of us. No worries. And she really meant it!

Their collective bond of community keeps them going. Their intent and focus on the mission of the Fuller Center for Housing is ever present.

And I have been blessed to be the eccentric aunt/cousin visiting for a week. Thank you, Fuller family!



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