5 Spiritual Lessons to Learn from Bike Riding

5 Spiritual Lessons to Learn from Bike Riding
Saturday, July 24, 2021

By Rob Erskine

The following is a story by Mimi Patrick that I want to share: 

The younger me adored bike riding. It’s an activity that I’ve gotten away from as I got older but some of my happiest childhood memories feature me on a bike. You remember the kid with the limp ponytail that cruised around on a pink bike with tattered plastic pom-pom handles? That was me! It wasn’t a good day unless I had swallowed at least one bug and skinned a knee or elbow. I’m sure I came home crying a few times but you know, I barely remember those accidents. I do remember the good times. Believe it or not, bike riding brought some spiritual lessons too. Just think, all that time God was teaching me these five important spiritual lessons.

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Mountains

Mountains
Monday, July 19, 2021

Peter L. Hahn

Hilliard, Ohio

A long-time resident of Ohio, I have always enjoyed visiting or seeing mountains. During the big climbs on my bicycle in recent days, my thoughts about mountains have been more blended.  I have experienced both the usual awe at their natural beauty and inspirational majesty, and simultaneously wondered why they have to be so darn tall! 

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Our First Rest Day

Our First Rest Day
Sunday, July 18, 2021

By Tim and Mindy Garvin-Leighton

Our first rest day after eight straight days of cycling is in the booming metropolis of Port Orford, OR. Population 954 as of 2019. We began the day worshipping with the wonderful folks of Port Orford Christian Center. The pastor reminded us that the church runs, or in our case rides, on the love Christ for all. A number of folks headed to The Crazy Norwegian for clam chowder, fish and chips, shakes and Marionberry Pie. The marionberry was developed by the US Dept. of Agricultural researcher George F. Waldo in the 1940s at Oregon State University. It is a cross between the Olallie berry and a high producing Chehalem berry.

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That Fuller Feeling

That Fuller Feeling
Saturday, July 17, 2021

By Jackie Rouse

Bettendorf, Iowa

I’ve got that Fuller Feeling!  It comes from a day spent on my bike with like minded comrades that want to change the world one mile at a time. Today we spent the day riding from North Bend to Port Orford, conquering the Seven Devils and following the gorgeous Oregon coastline for many miles, with rolling hills and serene mountain views, all to raise funds to end poverty housing worldwide.  Challenging, yet rewarding in so many ways.

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When 50 Miles Feels Like a Cake-Walk

When 50 Miles Feels Like a Cake-Walk
Friday, July 16, 2021

By Joe Schiff

Today was day 7 of riding. We have ridden a total of 400+ miles so far and it has been both amazing and very difficult. This is my first time on a big bike trip and I am definitely not very experienced. We have been going pretty hard basically from day one and it has been quite a struggle to keep up with both physically and mentally. Amazingly yesterday and today were both sub-50 mile days. It’s a wonder how far I have come in such a short amount of time. When I came on this trip the longest bike ride I had been on was 50 miles, after which I was usually pretty exhausted. After doing a couple 80+ mile days, 50 miles feels like a cake-walk. 

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Newport to Florence

A Family and Class Reunion
Thursday, July 15, 2021

By Mark Murphy

I’m amazed at how wonderful Fuller Center Bike Adventure trips continue to be for me even after logging more than 12,000 miles on them. The people are wonderful and it feels like a mixture of a family and class reunion with the added interest and excitement brought by the first timers. 

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FCBA Milestones

FCBA Milestones
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

By Michael Wieser

This is my 8th biking adventure with the Fuller Center. I have done 4 cross-country rides, the Natchez Trace, and 2 previous segment rides.

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And So Another Adventure With a Capital “A” Begins

And So Another Adventure With a Capital "A" Begins
Saturday, July 10, 2021

By Gary Schroeder

This time it is approximately 1600 miles from Seattle to San Diego. The veteran riders already know and the first timers are about to learn, it’s only marginally about the cycling.   
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