Sweet Treat

Written by: Penny Goodwin

Today we traveled from Indianapolis to Richmond, IN.  Along my ride I was thinking about this blog and what could I possibly share about this ride.  I joined in Peoria, IL and will end in Springfield, OH on 8/1/19.

 

Illinois and Indiana have many things in common, but the thing that stands out to me is all the corn fields.  Both states have had heavy spring rains and therefore there is quite a range in the size of the corn plants. Since I was born and raised in southern Illinois, I have seen many fields over my lifetime and can say that some of the farmers were able to get the crop planted on time and the stalks are tall and sturdy, as can be expected.  Other farmers, unfortunately have had to wait for the ground to dry out to give the seed a firm foundation in which the roots can grow and therefore the growth is quite behind. We were blessed with a literally “sweet treat” on Friday evening when our host church in Indy prepared a hamburger cookout with a large pot of fresh sweet corn soaked in butter.  Well, maybe mine was soaked in butter. 🙂Continue reading

Shaking up the Scenery

Written By: Libby Bauman 

West Lafayette to Indianapolis, Indiana

Ride Day: 38

Miles: 79.6

For the past couple days, we’ve been used to rolling country roads flanked by corn and soybeans and interrupted by few vehicles. While riding on roads that allow for idle chatting is a nice break from narrow shoulders and busy traffic, watching field after field go by can become a little boring. Today, we shook up the scenery as we rolled nearer and nearer to Indianapolis. Houses started to appear instead of just barns, and more interesting sights revealed themselves.Continue reading

Milestones

Written by Dan Sheridan 
 
We’re now at 2,520 miles in our journey across the USA, with about 1,125 left to go.
 
I’m only 48 miles away from 100,000 miles cycled as an adult, so I should reach that milestone tomorrow.  I’m grateful for the chance to celebrate this milestone with the wonderful friends that I’ve made on this trip.

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Transitions

Written by: Mark Murphy

I’ve found that transitions in life tend to be daunting.  Whether it is getting married, getting unmarried, new job, addition of kids, sending kids off, going on an adventure, etc.  While many of these transitions are joyous, they still cause me (and I’d imagine a lot of other people) some level of angst.  Continue reading

Priorities

Written by: Tom Weber (Geezerman)

 

I have had priorities on my mind for a number of months now, because of the resent injuries my son experienced on a ski slope. Faith priorities, physical priorities and character priorities. Continue reading

Life of a SAG

Written by Cindy Hepp

Life of a SAG (support and gear) team member.  This role is not new to me, having done it for 3 other organized rides, multiple times, mainly charity in nature, plus 7 spring rides on the Natchez Trace. Each is uniquely different and with the Fuller rides, the makeup of the team puts its own twist on things. Going into this Seattle to DC ride, I prepared myself for the longer duration as best as anyone could. It has been wonderful spending time with repeat riders and getting to know the new team members. As designated “mom” by some of the riders (age not a factor), I try to cheer them on, remind them to rehydrate & fuel up, reapply sunscreen and locate possible bathroom sites. Moving riders forward or getting a reg. size tire pump to someone with a flat is also part of my day. Sometimes I am navigator for the van driver. We get in first to our destination and help unload the luggage & sleeping gear, along with coolers and snack bin. Rest stops can be tricky- I like to find shady areas or create one with van and trailer. The best are ones with views and a “real“ bathroom facilities.Continue reading

Riding on two wheels

Written By: Mylah Garlington

Riding across the United States of America on two wheels (or four when needed) is something I’ve wanted to do for some time. Some days I can’t believe I’m actually doing it.  Today was one of those days that made me wonder, “What did I do to deserve this?”  I spent my 4th of July riding through the some of the most beautiful and scenic places I’ve ever seen.  We had 102.3 in the schedule.  It sounds like a radio station.  Instead of songs in a row, it was miles in a row.  I volunteered as sweep for the ride.  That gave me permission to take my time.  The sweep’s job is toContinue reading