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Monday, June 25, 2012

Day 11 of riding

We left the Maswik Lodge at the Grand Canyon State Park at 6 am to drive back to US 89 close to Cameron.  There were just a few puffy clouds in a beautiful blue sky as we saw our final glimpses of the Grand Canyon.  Over the weekend Russ & Gene put the cross on top of the van.  I especially liked how the cross cast a shadow.  It's a good feeling knowing you are beneath the cross and it's casting a shadow as you drive!

Russ began to ride at 7:15, it was 85 degrees. Our first break was after 15 miles @ the US hwy 160 turnoff as we headed toward Tuba City, by then it was 88 degrees.  We arrived in Tuba City about 9:30 and stopped at McDonalds for a wild berry smoothie...YUM!!!
We went through a variety of terrain, mountains, desert, some areas with more trees.

This is a sign for what we need sometime!

We saw a few cattle, horses and sheep grazing in pretty dry looking "pastures". Some parts of the road were excellent, with a large, smooth shoulder.  Other parts were rough with little or no shoulder.  I felt particularly protected today.  Each time that I looked ahead and saw a portion of the road where drivers may have a difficult time seeing us or getting around us...there were no cars behind us in that spot!  Coincidence?  I don't think so, God is in control! 

Funny names for the day:  Tuba City and Cow Springs

This afternoon giant, puffy clouds floated above us sometime shading us as we traveled so the heat was not so intense, just 96 degrees as we ended at 1:00.

By the end of the ride for the day Russ had ridden 70 miles, 40 miles beyond Tuba City where we are spending the night at the Quality Inn.  We stopped at the grocery store to stock up on bread, peanut butter & bananas...but the store was out of bananas!  Hopefully tomorrow in Kayenta they will have a store with bananas in stock, we only have 2 left!

Tonight Russ has spent some extra time looking ahead at our route in Colorado.  When he checked for wildfires, the website showed one is in our path so we will check it tomorrow night and decide if we will alter our route into New Mexico. 

Thank you so much for your prayers, we can feel them!
Until tomorrow, we'll keep pedalling!
Russ & Carol

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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