Before I get into any stats today, let me share a couple of things with you. One, get off your rear and challenge yourself. Two, let me tell you about Cristina Boudah. Cristina and her husband Donald are members at Twickenham. For those of you who are new to this blog, and apparently there a lot, Twickenham Church of Christ is the church where I am employed and has afforded me this incredible opportunity. Donald and Cristina have five children one of which is a newborn. About a month ago Cristina was diagnosed with breast cancer. She and Don's courage in the face of this news has been unbelieveable. The rallying of our church family around them has been equally incredible.
Last night at dinner in Blythe, Ca., Amy said that I needed to check out the comments on the blog. I flipped the Ipad around and started reading. My sons all had some great ones and Amy said Kody's made her cry. Then I read Cristina's. "Lincoln, you inspire me to keep going with every mile." I cried at dinner. Are you kidding me? I inspire you? I never started this to inspire anyone. I'm no hero. I'm just a "bald guy on a bike" remember? YOU INSPIRE ME Cristina Boudah! So much so that when I left the hotel this morning Intending to ride to Salome, Az. I told Amy I should just go all the way to Wickenburg, Az. Just for Cristina. So I did.
Day 4 Blythe, Ca. To Wickenburg, Az. 116 miles a new PR. 8 hours 50 minutes in the saddle. 4000 vertical ft. Avg. Sp. 13 mph.
You inspire me Cristina Boudah, and so do you Charliss Rodgers, Linda Bynum, Sarah Mcminn, and all of you struggling to survive. Keep riding and inspire someone else through the grace God.
If you want more information, I'm passing it over to Amy for a report of today's events. I'm tired.
So, how to I follow that?!? That fact of the matter is Lincoln rode his tail off! He didn't intend to do so much today - but as he mentioned, he was inspired!! I had a hard day too-I had to keep up with the bald guy on a bike and not get hit doing it! I shared a few pictures on Facebook this morning - I will also try to share them here, but that depends on Roger! I did have a bit of excitement early in the day when I spied a mostly naked man riding a bike through Quartsite, Az! I did get somewhat of a photo - but didn't want to let on that I was snapping pictures. Of course, he was riding through town in a g-string, he probably didn't care!
We also went through a few fine Arizona towns - only a few though, they are really spread out. We thought about stopping for the night and exploring Salome, Az - but once we looked to the right and left we realized we would have too much time on our hands! Hope was quaint and offered a few picture opportunities! After that it was pretty much just riding though - I wish I could (for Lincoln's sake) say that it was all downhill from there, but unfortunately most of the day was an uphill climb! I provided small amounts of encouragement and large amounts of fluids today, and we made it into Wickenburg,Az around 4:30. Wickenburg once was the Dude Ranch capital of the world - now it's ranches house addicts, making it the Rehab capital of the world! We're just stopping through, we promise! Not sure what the day will hold tomorrow, but I'm sure it will be hot and tiring - well, for me anyway. Thanks to all for the prayers and encouraging comments - they mean more than you will ever know! Be blessed! love, Amy
|Bad roads this morning - bumpy and no shoulder|
|Naked guy on a bike - maybe he should start his own blogspot!|
|The sign to Wickenburg|
|The many opportunities Arizona has to offer....|
|Prime real estate|
|Pretty sure they will throw in the car for free....|
|Adopt a highway!|
|Or better yet, this fixer upper!|
|We found hope!!|
|But then we lost it....|
|Hard to see, but those are goats in a motel pool. really, goats!|
|Better picture of the goats!|