By Mike Rutherford
Monday was the start of our second riding week on the Gulf Coast ride. Everyone has felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment with the two works days around Hammond.
There is so much more to be done in the area and we were so appreciative of the hospitality of Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders and the two churches that hosted us — First Christian Church and First Presbyterian church.
The folks in Hammond are busy with the next group who will help continue progress where we left off and the homeowners will be able to recover from the damage they have dealt with for years.
Week two of riding looks to be potentially wetter than week one. As we closed out our Sunday evening many eyes were looking at weather forecasts and trying to see if we could make it to Baton Rouge before the rains or whether we would be well soaked. After a great breakfast by Sandy we rolled out on a short 39-mile ride.
Since this is my first riding day on this trip and two years since I last rode with FCBA, the ride brought back a flood of memories — waiting to hear the BRRRAAAPP sound as cars moved left of the center lane and crossed the rumble strip, working together with new friends to cover off the miles, and looking forward to a rest stop to spend time with each other and our amazing support staff.
All riders made it to the church at an early time and skies that looked that they might bring rain dissolved into a cloudless sky in the afternoon. It was a great way to wrap up the first riding day. We look forward to a potluck dinner tonight and an early bedtime since we have a 101-mile day Tuesday that guarantees to be an adventure due to a lack of routing options in this part of Louisiana. Please continue to pray for the group for good weather, good roads, safe travel, and people who are open to hear about the Fuller Center.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV