Russ was back on his own bike and I was back in the driver's seat. We saw a great deal of different surroundings today. We went through scrubby wasteland, ranch land, pasture ground, farmland...we saw a lot!
We took a break at McDonald's this morning in La Junta where we met Jerry, Elaine & Sophia in the parking lot. When we were finishing a roadside break earlier, they had slowed and pulled over to make sure we were alright. We had a nice visit with them and they made a generous donation to our cause. Inside, we met Dorothy, Kathy and her granddaughter; we also had a nice visit. When I told them Russ was a pastor, Dorothy gave me a hug and said we were kindred spirits, she was married to a pastor, too! She also gave us a generous donation. They were very sweet ladies that blessed us as well. God is so good to bring encouragement at just the right time!
In La Junta, we turned onto US Hwy 50 which will take us into and across some of Kansas. For about 8 miles it was four lane with a wide shoulder. Even after the road narrowed to two lanes, we still had a nice wide shoulder for the rest of the day.
As we headed down the highway, at one point we paralleled railroad tracks. Along the tracks were telephone poles that didn't look like the normal lower case "t" shape. They looked more like a row of crosses, how cool is that?
We arrived at DaysInn in Lamar just before 4 pm. Russ had ridden over 120 miles today! We just have 30 some miles left of Colorado. My legs were aching and I just rode 42 miles, I was SO thankful for the pool and hot tub tonight!
Today when we faced some challenging hills on the tandem bike, I decided to show you what I see as we ride. When I'm bent over behind Russ, Phillipians 4:13 is right in my face.
As we drove along today, I reflected on the fact that it was Independence Day and how blessed we are for the freedoms we have and take for granted. "America the Beautiful" was rolling around in my mind and I thought about how many of the word pictures of the song we have seen. We've definitely seen the spacious skies, amber waves of grain, the purple mountain majesties and the fruited plains. "America, America, God shed his grace on thee..." we've felt that more than anything else - God's grace. As this holiday draws to a close, I pray you feel blessed by freedom and by God's grace.
Thank you for the encouragement and prayers! Blessings to you, until tomorrow,
Russ & Carol