Bittersweet return to riding after great build day
October 19, 2023

By Paul Rouse

It was bittersweet leaving Houston, MS for our 77-mile ride to Kosciusko, MS this morning.

It was such an awesome experience yesterday working on our build project in Houston.  That’s what the Fuller Center for Housing is all about!  I enjoy the biking, but I love working on build projects to help the homeless and disadvantaged have comfortable and affordable housing.

We were hosted the last two days by Parkway Baptist Church.  But not just hosted — they fed us and made us all feel so welcomed and loved.  It was a little sad to have to say goodbye to the wonderful folks we met and worked with.

The weather started out a little cool this morning, but the sun came out (after a little light rain) and it warmed up quickly.  I thought about what a beautiful creation God has made for us as I rode along the Trace.  The scenery changed in subtle ways as we moved along through forest with tall trees on either side of the road, through farm land, and past patches of smaller trees and brush.  I heard many different birds singing happily.  I did not see much other wildlife other than a lone turtle sunning itself on a log, but it was still fun to ride along through God’s tapestry. 

Tomorrow, sadly, is our last day on the Natchez Trace.  But I’m already looking forward to my next bike ride with Fuller!

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