Monday, March 12, 2012

Day Two ~ Shady Grove to Collinwood

We've known ever since we first started to be able to see the weather reports for this week that it might rain on us. We knew yesterday as we rode through a beautiful partly couldy day that rain might move in sometime over night.

We woke up this morning and looked out the window at an overcast day ~ though, by the time we started riding, the clouds had begun releasing their stores. We know why this part of the country can be so beautifully green, since we rode through it almost all day.

It was a 55 mile day, give or take. We had rain on and off (more on than off) for almost the whole ride. The sun started to break through the clouds for me about five miles from our destination, and we've seen sun peeking through a little bit at a time since then.

The congregation here, Collinwood United Methodist Church, provided us a huge spread, potluck style again … and it was another feast for the ages.

We met quite a few of the members of this congregation, were treated to a concert by a member of this church who was really pretty good, and shared the story and ministry of the Fuller Center.

A few of us went down to the local outdoor basketball court and played a couple games ~ just to work the kinks out from sitting on a bike for a few hours.

I'm sitting outside the church building in the cool of the evening. There are bullfrogs and crickets and barking dogs providing my soundtrack ~ it seem like a fantastic way to spend the last part of the evening.

We've done good work during the day, enjoyed being together with our group and with a group of (people who before today were) strangers, shared music and food, and are now relaxing at the end of the day.

Even if a person isn't on a bicycle touring trip, it seems like a pretty good way to pass the time.

Let the adventure continue.

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