Neil Mullikin: Perfect way to end the week

A perfect way to end a week on the Trace
October 12, 2021

By Neil Mullikin

This trip from Tougaloo College to Natchez was a sunny and beautiful ride. October became a nice time to ride that section without a threat of a storm in sight.

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Diane Bies: Sunday on the Trace

Sunday on the Trace
October 4, 2021

By Diane Bies

We started our day by attending the church service at Duck River Methodist Church. It is always uplifting to see how our hosts celebrate. After service we started the ride on wet roads but no rain. There were drizzles off and on during the day but no major rain or storms. That makes a good day. Several cyclists took the short walk to Jackson Falls, a beautiful little falls not far from the church and right off the Natchez Trace.
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Dena Strehlow: Beginnings, bridges and bananas

Beginnings, bridges and bananas!
October 3, 2021

By Dena Strehlow

We rode out as a group from Trinity Lutheran Church at 10am, following breakfast, orientation, and prayer. Trace veterans provided useful tips and rookie riders listened intently.

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A Leap Forward

A Leap Forward
Monday April 26, 2021

By Neil Mullikin

Hooray!! We made it to Natchez!  It was a huge success after both storms and COVID had put forth so many hurdles over the last 3 years.  Natchez was such a welcome site to all of us.

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Memories on the Trace

Memories on the Trace
Thursday: April 22, 2021

By Diane Bies

Today is Thursday. We have to keep reminding ourselves what day it is as time is definitely standing still and yet flying by at the same time.

We had a cold start today although it warmed up quickly and turned into a beautiful blue sky day. Our route today took us from beautiful Houston, MS to Kosciusko, MS. On this section of the Trace we pass a few areas that are memorable to me as I travel through for the 8th time.

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Why We Ride – Do Good, Share With Others

Editor’s Note: Today’s Build Day Blog Features Reflections from Two of our Riders

Why We Ride
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

By Gary Schroeder

It’s midweek on the Fuller Center Bike Adventure bike ride down the Natchez Trace Parkway. The cycling has been amazing, with beautiful scenery, blue skies, and moderate temperatures, but it was our day off the bike today to do our schedule BUILD DAY that will be the highlight of the trip. Although our group is small because of COVID restrictions, we were able to work on two houses and make a major impact on the home owners.

At one house, the resident has difficulty walking and the existing ramp that he used to avoid stairs was too steep for him to navigate easily or safely. Repairs to the deck and a ramp with a reduced incline will allow him much greater mobility.

At the second house, the wheelchair-bound resident required a larger wheelchair and as a result, his existing ramp was too small. Our small army of riders was able to remove one side of the existing ramp and expand it to fit the new wider chair.

It is an amazing feeling when you realize that one day out of our life can be such a life-changing experience. Ease of getting around we take for granted is a luxury for some and to be able provide that ability today is very rewarding. Seeing their reaction when they see the transformation to their homes is well worth the effort we expended doing the renovation. We have learned to smile and nod when the homeowners thank us for what we’ve done but deep down inside, we know we have received much more than we gave.

Do Good. Share with Others.
April 21, 2021

By Cathy Eastman

Today was cool and breezy with plenty of sunshine. Four of us were led by Deacon Rogers in rebuilding a wheelchair ramp for Dan, a military veteran with some hardships. He had atrial fibrillation problems recently, and last week fell off the ramp, breaking two ribs.

Work went well, with Dan quietly observing and occasionally offering a suggestion. We were finished by early afternoon. We were blessed in having the opportunity to serve both Dan, and Taz.

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16

Why We Ride
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

By Gary Schroeder

It’s midweek on the Fuller Center Bike Adventure bike ride down the Natchez Trace Parkway. The cycling has been amazing, with beautiful scenery, blue skies, and moderate temperatures, but it was our day off the bike today to do our schedule BUILD DAY that will be the highlight of the trip. Although our group is small because of COVID restrictions, we were able to work on two houses and make a major impact on the home owners.

Do Good. Share with Others.
April 21, 2021

By Cathy Eastman

Today was cool and breezy with plenty of sunshine. 

Four of us were led by Deacon Rogers in rebuilding a wheelchair ramp for Dan, a military veteran with some hardships. He had atrial fibrillation problems recently, and last week fell off the ramp, breaking two ribs.

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When Amazing Weather, Scenery, and History Mix

When Amazing Weather, Scenery, and History Mix
Tuesday: April 20, 2021

By Chuck Snavely

On Tuesday, we rode 83 miles from Dennis to Houston, MS, our longest ride so far and our 4th day riding together. Weather continues to be spectacular, cool to start the day and warming to the mid 70s.

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A Perfect Day for Cycling

A Perfect Day for Cycling
Monday: April 19, 2021

By John Nugent

Day 3: Collinwood, Tennessee to Dennis, Mississippi. 58 miles with 1,811 ft of elevation gain.

Today was an absolutely perfect day for cycling. The pastor of Collinwood Freewill Baptist Church generously bought the group breakfast at the local restaurant. 

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So much more than a bike ride

Written by: Diane Bies

Fields of yellow, white, lavender, and red flowers. Dogwood and Redbuds in bloom. Sunny skies with puffs of white clouds providing some shade along with the many trees. What a beautiful show of God’s glory!

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