Hey all, I have made a decision to end my journey here in Niagara Falls. It is a very high point in this journey and a great place to finish. From the start I had set three goals to shoot for: First was to reach my Mom’s house because I have always wanted to ride my bicycle from my home to hers. That completed, the second goal was to ride out of our country into Canada and see Niagara Falls from the Canadian side and then ride back into the United States. I will actually finish that goal tomorrow when I return over the Peace Bridge into Buffalo, New York. The third goal was to reach the Atlantic coast in Maine. I discovered after seeing Niagara Falls by myself, I want to share the Atlantic Coast experience with someone I love. While I have spoken with my wife each day, some things are better shared with one’s best friend and the love of one’s life!
While I have treasured the solitude on the long rides through the countryside, after spending time with the Lord this morning, I am convinced that this is the time to draw it to a close. I can think of no better way to close out my adventure than to see the beauty of God’s handiwork in this area right here. With the exception of the day-long slog through the rain, I have enjoyed every mile I have ridden. After all it was never totally about the destination, but the ride to get there.
Each day’s ride was filled with moments of discovery, sharing, surprise, difficulty, perseverance and victory. It reminds me of life itself. I have learned much about myself and how I relate to the world around me and God has given me a fresh compassion for the people in this world. That is a pretty good result for a sabbatical from my perspective. See you soon!