Sharing the Good News of the Cross of Jesus Christ
Supporting Missions Around the World, Bicycling 5000 Miles Across America
Mapping the Journey, One Pedal At A Time
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
With a convention going on in Columbia we got the last room at the 2nd motel we stopped at, WHEW!! After a relaxing dip in the pool and hot tub, we've spent the evening relaxing.
Today we saw several crosses along the journey as well as the Ten Commandments in at least 5 yards.
Russ & Carol
Monday, July 25, 2011
We were glad to find a motel and finally get out of our wet clothes. The cold pool felt refreshing, as well as a warm shower. Tonight I used the blow dryer to dry out our shoes. Russ changed the tire on one wheel in our motel room, set it aside and started changing the other. Gene was resting on his bed, I was laying on ours reading when POW! I thought the guys hanging around outside on the sidewalk were exchanging gunfire! But it was the 1st tire Russ had changed, it had blown off the wheel scaring ME to death! We really laughed!
Tonight we have thunder and rain again. Overcast skies would be good for tomorrow as well, the temperature stayed under 90 today with no wind in the morning. As we look at the map, the end of our trip is in sight. The only way we've made it so far is by the grace of God, with His guidance, power and strength and through the prayers and encouragement of SO many people! Keep on praying, we're getting closer!
Blessings to you - until tomorrow,
Russ & Carol
Sunday, July 24, 2011
After returning to our motel, Russ did some maintenance on his bike. A couple days ago he replaced the chain, today he changed out the wheel with the gear cluster. After so many miles, they were showing some wear! After lunch we'd intended to hit the pool, but took a nap first. Today was hot and VERY humid. We did get to the pool for a refreshing dip but thunder cut our swim short. No raindrops ever fell, but it looked threatening for a time.
I enjoyed meeting Miranda and Anita, employees at the Quality Inn where we are staying. Miranda said she passed us yesterday and saw me wave, so she waved back and wondered what we were doing in Grenada! While Russ was working on his bike in the parking lot, another worker at the motel came to him with a donation for our missions. I am continually amazed at the generosity of God's people!
It's been a great day of relaxation and refreshment. God is GOOD! We'll be rested and ready for tomorrow's journey. Until then, blessings to you and thank you for your prayers!
Russ & Carol
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Gene & I were relieved when we finally got away from civilization, there was less traffic and where the roads flattened out some...Russ was probably thankful for the flattening out part!
We took a few stops today, this one was just north of Sardis on the roadside. It stayed overcast until about 2 pm, so that made it much cooler today. It was 84 degrees at lunchtime in Batesville's McDonald's.
This is what most of the road looked like today in Mississippi.
Another piece of information we have speculated about (and we do have LOTS of time to speculate!) is how in the WORLD do places get their names? Today we were in Yalobusha county...it made me wonder, were there a lot of yellow bushes there? We didn't see any. The other day we came across a city limit type sign that said "Future City", I'm sorry to say it did not look like it had much of a future, more of a past. Enough speculation for the day!
Friday, July 22, 2011
We're always looking for crosses as we travel, this one was on the side of a church.
Often before Russ gets back on the bike, he cleans the chain as he is doing in this picture.
We headed further south and hit the Memphis city limits around 12:15. The ride through Memphis went very smoothly since we just stayed on the same highway. That made it easy! Also, notice what street it was, can you read the street sign?? Elvis Presley Blvd!
It was a fairly uneventful day. (THANKFULLY safe!) As I follow Russ on busy roads like today, I often find myself focusing a lot of my attention in the rear view mirror, I also spend a lot of time praying for people behind us to be alert, to pay attention and move to the left lane. Sometimes watching the cars and trucks speeding toward us in the rear view mirror can make me very nervous and worry about being hit. It's that trust thing again! God reminded me to trust Him for what's behind me and focus on what's ahead. Isn't that true also with our lives? Don't worry about what's past or behind us...Keep our eyes on Him.
Thanks for your prayers, we feel them EVERY DAY!!!
Russ & Carol
Thursday, July 21, 2011
This morning we left our motel in Cairo, Illinois and drove back across the river to the "Welcome to Kentucky" sign where Russ would resume his ride. We were on the road at 6:20 am and the temperature was a pleasant 76 degrees. We were on highway 51 south, a narrow tree-lined road along a levee. Fortunately, there was not much traffic.
We arrived at the Tennessee border at 10:15 after traveling just over 40 miles through Kentucky.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
We took a couple of morning breaks and at 9 am came to Uniontown on Hwy 61 where we saw a sign that said ROAD CLOSED ahead. Once again, God sent us help - a nice lady out getting her mail that told us they were building a new bridge down the road and a bicycle could get through, but not the car. She also explained how to detour and meet up with Russ down the road. What a blessing and Russ didn't have to waste miles detouring!
We had a lunch break at Wendy's in Cape Girardeau where we met Donna Hendrix who had been following us since Jackson. She gave us a generous donation and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. She also was instrumental in getting several people in the restaurant involved in our route out of the city, she even got her husband Gary on the phone to speak to Russ & give us tips and directions as well. Here's a picture of Donna with Russ outside of Wendy's.
We found a shady spot on the side of the road for a break at 2:00. At 96 degrees, we needed a shady spot!
Thanks again for all your prayers! God reveals Himself to us in people, places and circumstances and His word. Thank you for interceding on our behalf, we appreciate you!
Russ & Carol
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The CrossNAmerica trip is First to be a witness of the significance of the Cross of Jesus Christ and Its Foundational Influence Upon This Nation. Its Even the Glue That Holds Us Together. "LAMININ"
Secondly we are raising pledges per mile or single pledges to support any of the five mission organizations listed on this blog or any other worthy Christian mission effort around the world, locally or globally.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18