When Geoff dropped me off yesterday at the pier, I attached all the things to my bike and rode to the entrance to the pier where I had a huge breakfast to get ready for the day. It also took a bit upload those 50 some pictures of his awesome place. When I had finished, it started raining. Basically it rained on me 85% of the day. Not a ton of rain, but just enough to make it miserable. Figured I would keep dry if I had my rain jacket on. Well I was at first, but then as I got hot, I started sweating. Tip: raincoats keep the water out but the heat in. So my dry jersey was now getting wet with sweat anyway. Tried unzipping a bit, the rolling the sleeves up a bit. Lol I needed up with rolled up sleeves and totally unzipped. Not very effective. Also, because I couldn’t get my rear tire pressure up all the way, most of the day I felt like I was using my muscles to ride through mud. Not slippery but just harder in general. I’m thinking I HAVE to fix this at some point tonight. I stop to take a longer break at a gas station and get out my fruit and I buy peanut butter crackers, some, drinks, and a blueberry ice cream pop! Being hot makes you want all sorts of cold things to drink. I had shot a bunch of couch surfing requests out before I left the pier so I figured I would check. I’m about 10 miles to the PA line. I have one reply from 55 year old Linda. She herself has done a ton of traveling in the past 3 years and had dug in and read quite a bit about me. In the message she even asked if I have been on Semester At Sea, which I did a little over a year ago. She also said she had all sorts of plans but the rain cancelled them all and that she was planning on going to a bible study, if I was into that kind of thing. Haha so I give her a call and we talk for a bit, and she brings up the bible study and I tell her one of the main goals of this ride is to just fully rely on God and for him to show me what he can do, and I would love to go the the bible study. Well it’s at 6:15pm which isn’t very long from then, might have been 4:30 or 5? She says she will come get me and my bike, take me back to her place so I can very quickly shower and eat then we would head to the bible study. I finally make it to the state line and snap a picture and it hasn’t rained for a little bit but I’m still dripping with sweat from my long sleeved shirt. Ill tell you what, riding in the rain sucks. I can’t even listen to any music, and I once again I have to go slower than usual. Just not a fun time..at all! So she has a Honda Element and pulls up as I’m sitting on a railing in front of the PA line.. (There is a space of like 50ft between the Welcome to PA and looking back, welcome to NY. What state am I in??)
Anyway we some what easily roll my bike in her car and off we go. I had planned on going another 15 miles, but I know that this would be what The Lord wants me to do. Not as many miles, but I’m being taken to a bible study, awesome? Yess. In the car as we are riding, Linda is very spiritual and totally says this is a God thing. She had plans to go places and to be out of town, but she felt uneasy about leaving and the rain ruined those place, so she could be there for me. She said she drove through rain to get me, so the rain would have been making me wet and miserable if not for her coming to get me. She spent the last year traveling the world also by ship at times. Her husband died unexpectedly 3 years ago of unknown causes after 35 years of marriage. She has several children which are now other places. She went on a Sebaticome? Of Unexpected Length. S.O.U.L. She went looking to find out about life, God, and to really just find herself out there. She had couch surfed all over the world and in the beginning drive around the US couch surfing. She is a leader of several organizations, including one in Haiti to help children and I think one in Africa too. Very well traveled, she has/had her own building or company and now lives about on top of it I believe. She has. Very large house with many rooms which she used for couch surfers or visitors.
So we get to her place and unload my bike and I grab what I need to take a shower. I feel just gross. I have been in wet clothes all day and am still wet. Se shows me to the bathroom and says while I shower she is going to make something quick to eat. Getting out of those wet clothes and into something dry felt Uh-mazing! I had also worn my wet gloves all day so my hands were already pruny. Lol
I finish showering and come out to find that she made salad/streaks/grilled onion/ and squash? Lol quick meal? She went all out in 20 minutes!
Ate as quickly as we could, but couldn’t finish due to being late already. So she drives us to a house for the bible study. I didn’t ask questions, but I guess Ray used to be a preacher and has been going to Ernie’s place and they just have a small group of people to do bible studies with. They have been doing it for about 4 months now. I come in and pass out my cards and they are very welcoming! Asking questions about my Cancer and my ride. It’s really nice to hear people say, wow you have come a long way rather than, you have so much further! There are 8 people there. 2 are kids of the household not in the picture I took, also 2 left quickly after. Ray started off asking, what we would say to Jesus of he walked in the door right then. Lol he even went outside (the rain had picked up again) and yelled, Lord you’re welcome here, come on in!! He asked what healing we need in our own lives. I had already told them I was in Remission and said we will pray that you are no longer in remission, that you be healed and in Jesus name it won’t come back. So they all held hands and Linda placed her hand on my head and they prayed for me. :) I jotted down some notes in the about hour long study and here is what I have:
-Compared himself saving a life in a pond and how the person would be automatically grateful to how Jesus died to save our lives and we should just be automatically grateful.
-He will test you!! To see when it comes to hard times, will you really rely on him?
-Theist = God. Athiest = No God
-What do you have in your life that you struggle with that you have not turned to The Lord for?
-The squeaky wheel needs the grease! ( mom says this all the time)
-You can’t force people to trust you and God can’t force you to trust him.
That was a brief overview of what we discussed. So here I am.. I met a random stranger who came and picked me up before the rain hit again. She fed me and allowed me to get into dry clothes. She takes me to a group of strangers were they pray over me and on yea they fed me too. Hahaha, there are no coincidences!
There is a song that I listen to and love. And there is a line in it, which I really like.. “I know you don’t understand, but this is all a part of God’s greater plan”
This trip has grown my faith in leaps and bounds!
So we leave there and come back, I need to work on my bike. She has a huge two car garage, so I have a nice dry place to work on it. I end up taking everything off and starting from scratch. Deflate the tire to figure out why there is a part more flat on my tire and how to get it to maximum inflation, if you will. I mess with it, for over an hour and I’m just out of idea, the beading on one side of the tire needs to come out more and I try and try to pull / roll it around to get it out. Anyway she has a nice tire pump that I can stand and push down on. Finally I’m just like, God help me!! I’m frustrated and tired and I don’t know how to fix this. Immediately a thought comes to my head. What if I inflate it to the proper pressure and maybe it will expand and push that side of the tire up? Anyway the pump has a pressure gauge on it and its supposed to be at 110 and it’s only at 60. Several more pumps to get to 110 on my very LAST pump of air, I hear the tire crackle and pop. First thought, uh oh, I don’t know if that was a bad sound?? Wait a minute, I spun the tire where I used to be able to see a lump, it’s fixed!! Thank you Lord!! I was so ‘pumped’ that I also glued my Life is Good sticker on better and lubed up the chain and anything that moved! It will ride like bran new again! The front tire had lost some pressure over time, so I put more air in it as well.
I was looking at the weather for today last night and it says rain all day. :( this morning I get up and I check again. Yea, it’s sunny out and not supposed to rain again! Everything happens for a reason. :) Linda made me an awesome breakfast of leftover steak and made eggs and toast. Ill have to be on my way soon!
Today. On this sunny Sunday I’m dedicating to my Mom and Step dad and my brother Steve. Thanks for always supporting me, even if you don’t agree or feel comfortable with it. I love you guys! Thank you..