Written by: Jennifer Wells, Blue Ride
This is my third year riding with FCBA and today was the first day for the Blue route. Last year a typical morning with this group for me was to get up about 45 minutes before breakfast, rush around getting dressed, putting my belongings into my bag, getting my bag out to the trailer to be hauled to the next town or city, do my chore if I have one (I did today), eat breakfast and put sunscreen on almost simultaneously, pump up my tires, get my Garmin ready and prepare for our morning team meeting and devotion. After all this, I am ready to dash out and get going.
Since today was our first day we had a little deviation from what historically is the routine. After breakfast we played “a get to know you game” followed by orientation. We had a brief prayer and then started our trek to Gas Works Park for devotions and our send off. I was thinking “finally, we can start riding”. I was so excited to start the journey. The weather was cloudy and a bit rainy however the company of other fellow FCBA riders was great.
Once at Gas Works Park devotions ensued and was led by Ryan. There was lots of deep thought here with a little sharing by others in the group. Once again (finally) we could start riding with each other. It was fun! We had the opportunity to ride with hundreds of half marathon runners in the opposite lane and cheer them on while riding. Lots of trees, great bike lanes and paths and fresh air. A good bike ride was had by all.
We rolled into Wooden Cross Lutheran Church. What a great church with fantastic congregants. They provided lasagne, salads, breads and super yummy brownies. We are looking forward to meeting more of the congregants in the morning and Ryan will be sharing our mission at the beginning of their service. Wooden Cross Lutheran Church, thanks so much for your hospitality on the first day of our journey to help other out of substandard and poverty housing!