Written by: Steve Falcón, Whittier, CA.
“Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels, Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields. In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up one-oh-one. I don’t know where I’m riding now, I’m just riding on…” – Jackson Browne. (Ok, slightly modified at the end)
Monday, June 4th.
We left the comfort of Chula Vista today and headed 49 miles east to the city of Campo, CA. This is my first experience being part of the FCBA family, and I must say that I am very blessed to have been privileged to join them on their journey. Today was very special for me. Normally in my regular cycling activities I am usually towards the front of the pack, rushing and racing to “get the best time.” Today was not about that. Today was an opportunity to serve while riding.
Monica (a returning fellow cyclist since 2015) and I were “sweeps.” Today’s climbing shenanigans went a little over 5K in elevation, and by mid-day the temperature rose well above 100 degrees. We witnessed the group tough it out and finish the entire first leg of this journey. We also were able to help a fellow cyclist that needed some encouragement and assistance. This made my day- taking a step back and realizing what it means being part of a cycling family.
We ended our day with our very gracious hosts, Lake Morena Community Church. Members of the congregation provided dinner for us which was awesome! We then had a short Bible study courtesy of the pastors of the church. A special memory I experienced before ending our night: I got to do something I haven’t done in well over a year….sing/play worship songs from the altar of the church. Another member of our group joined me for an impromptu playing/singing performance for some of the church members. I am feeling truly blessed today. I am very grateful for being able to participate in this great cause.