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Saturday, August 4, 2012


We woke this morning with anticipation of the FINAL day of our journey. As we headed off to breakfast, we met Fred & Sandy, a friendly couple from Iowa.   Fred had pastored in Nebraska for 17 years...what a small world we live in!  We left the Comfort Inn in Chesapeake just before 7 am, the sky was clear, the temperature 75 degrees and humid as we headed back to our spot PAST the closed bridge!  Yesterday, the traffic on the freeway to get around the bridge and back to the motel was at a complete standstill.  Early on this Saturday morning, the traffic was light.  Russ was easily pedaling down US Hwy 13 just after 7:00 am. 
It wasn't long and we were welcomed to Virginia Beach!
 We had four lanes on our side to choose from, as you can see, it was a PERFECT time to bike through the city!
 Next, we turned east on Hwy 58.
 The is our "gateway", isn't it?
 We turned north on Great Neck Road.
 The street was lined with Crepe Myrtles most of the way, it was beautiful!
After we turned east on Shore Drive before heading to First Landing State Park, Russ took the cross & bike trailer off the top of the van.
 He hooked up the trailer with the cross to the bike and was ready to finish the journey as he rode into First Landing State Park!  This morning was a short ride, just 23 miles that he completed in about 1 and 1/2 hours.

Back on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, Russ dipped his rear tire in the Pacific Ocean.  Today, August 4, 2012, he dips his front tire in the Atlantic Ocean!  Don't you LOVE that smile?  Praise the LORD! We made it SAFELY!
 One proud dad.
 By the grace of God, under His power and direction and after pedaling exactly 3000 miles,
Russ has officially CROSSed America
I'm EXTREMELY proud of him and thankful to God for His mercies.
 We spent a bit of time in the State Park, the beach was beautiful and we met a kind gentleman, Bud "Light" in the Chesapeake Bay center by the beach.  Bud was very helpful with suggestions of where to go, what to see and how to get there. Thank you, Bud, you are a blessing!
 Our next stop was Fort Story, the military base where the Memorial Cross is located.
 The cross is what we were riding toward across the whole country,
in doing so and with last year's trip, Russ completed the CROSS across America.

 The Cape Henry Lighthouse is also located at Fort Story.

The "team".
 Yeah, we're happy!

We went down to the boardwalk and beaches there.
 Helping the fish find the way back to the water.
 Wading in the Atlantic.

In our travels from west coast to east coast, we went through a few supplies, here are some of our totals...
MANY gallons of water!
Lots of trail mix
6 jars of peanut butter
2 jars of honey
18 packages of bread
206 bottles of Gatorade
183 bananas
339 gallons of gas in the van
47 motels/hotels
Countless Blessings!

We are so thankful that our journey went so smoothly and safely.  Only God could make that possible!  As we traveled across America, we saw MANY roadside crosses in memory of people who lost their lives on the road.  It's so humbling to think that we could have been one of them, the highways were many times very dangerous.  By the grace of God, we live and breathe and have our being.  It is with joy that we share what the Cross of Jesus Christ means to us.  The journey was also an amazing lesson in trust.  God is SO faithful to answer our prayers, guide, protect and bless us.  We met countless WONDERFUL people and enjoyed the beauty of God's creation in our diverse and magnificent country.  It's hard to put into words what a fantastic journey this has been, not only a physical "trip" across America, but a spiritual journey of faith.  Thank you for accompanying us on this journey by reading our blog, sharing your notes, comments, words of encouragement and your prayers.  Words cannot express what your part in this journey has meant to us.  The overwhelming peace, comfort and protection the Lord provided as a result of your prayers is indescribable. 

 "Take up your cross and follow me" has new meaning to us.  Bicycling is not for everyone, I know I certainly could not do what my dear husband has accomplished!  Each one of us has a "cross" to pick up and follow Jesus.  What's yours?  I guarantee if you take that step of faith, pick up that cross and follow Him, you will never be the same. 
In the days to come, we are doing some traveling on the east coast seeing some sights as Russ gets back in the driver's seat! (After driving so slowly for so long, I'm not sure I can do highway speed!) You won't be hearing from us on a daily basis, but perhaps we can share a few things we've seen in a week or so. 

As this wonderful day comes to a close and my cyclist is sound asleep, I smile with joy and anticipation of the blessings in the days to come.  You never know what God has in store!  Tonight I also reflect on the scripture we hold so dear...
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13 
Thanks for sharing our journey!
Russ & Carol


  1. Congratulations to all three of you! You will never know how many lives you touched and inspired on your wonderful journey.
    Enjoy your upcoming travels!

  2. So proud of you and Russ! What an amazing journey for the Lord. Somehow I
    believe that is just the beginning of the journey that God has for you!
    Enjoyed keeping up with your travels and look forward to seeing what God has
    in store next for you two! Love you both....Kathy Surratt

  3. Wow, what a thrilling entry on this day. I was on the edge of my seat thru the whole read and found I couldn't click the mouse fast enough to keep up! CONGRATULATIONS! Wow Russ, I'm really proud of you to finish such an arduous journey. I bet you still can't wipe the smile off your face. My only question is, what's next? I don't know how you top this, but I certainly wouldn't count YOU out of anything! It has been a real treat to get on the computer every night and follow your progress for the day.
    And kudos to the ground crew. You did a great job with Russ's banana needs and everything else he needed, thanks Gene and Carol!!
    God Bless... Paul Fredrickson



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