Day 14 – 20 of the I Ride for Cancer 2012 Ride

Day 14-20 Catch Up

south carolina state line

South Carolina State Line

I know, I know. I need to keep up with this blog. It’s just so hard!! So I’m doing another catch up post.

These are mainly posts directly from Facebook with a few elaborations. I also posted some of the pictures I’ve taken along the way.

Day 14 – Macclenny, FL to Statesboro, GA

The Bike Shop - Statesboro, GA

The Bike Shop – Statesboro, GA

In Statesboro, GA. Both bikes broke down today (broke a a spoke on each bike) so we had to pack up at mile 80 of 100 to find a bike shop. Closest was in Statesboro. So here we are! The Bike Shop got us all fixed up and even stayed open a little late for us. Great guys! Thanks!!!

Church sign quote of the day: If God is your co-pilot, then guess who is sitting in the wrong seat?

Day 15 – Statesboro, GA to Yemassee, SC

Had a great ride today from Statesboro, GA to Yemassee, SC – about 75 miles. Lots of head winds and dogs chasing me. No broken spokes or flats. Thank God!!

Best church sign of the day – Real men love Jesus – Happy Fathers Day.

Day 16 – Yemassee, SC to Moncks Corner, SC

Vince and Chris

Vince and Chris

I spent fathers day riding 90 miles and thinking about my Dad and about why I’m on this journey. The conclusion is that I’m on this journey to create ripples. One ripple leads to another and another and another. My hope is that these ripples will do something great and help get rid of pancreatic cancer, what my father asked me to do.

If you will please email your senator and Congress person and tell them they need to back the Pancreatic Cancer Education and Research bill that will add some much needed funds for research. Pancreatic is one of the deadliest cancers and yet is the least funded. Let’s change that.

Share this so we can do something good together.

Best Church sign of the day – Happy fathers day God!

Day 17 – Moncks Corner, GA to Conway, SC

In Conway, SC very close to Myrtle Beach staying with family. I’m going to take a day off the bike and visit the ocean and give my bottom a rest. Tomorrow is a 100 mile day to Wilmington, NC.

Best church sign yesterday – VBS, where kids get down and lift God up high.

Day 18 – Day off in Conway, SC

Chris Bike Maintenance

Chris Bike Maintenance

I spent the morning fixing and cleaning both bikes. They really needed it. The one bike I’ve ridden the entire way had a MAJOR build up of grime on the bottom of it and needed some major degreasing action. I got them both into proper working order.

Headed over to Surfside Beach to visit with my wife’s Grandmother, Grandma Keller. She is so sweet. We had a great talk and then I walked to the beach (she lives two blocks from the beach) to sit in the sand for a while.

The day went really quick – too quick as I think I’m ready for some down time at this point. My bottom is killing me (a couple of saddle sores still) and I think it’s going to take a month to heal. At least I’m into the very last week of the ride now! Yea!

Day 19 – Conway, SC to Wilmington, NC

Ferry Ride

Ferry Ride

Quick status update. It was a looooooong day in the saddle. Left Conway, SC at 7 am, got into Wilmington, NC at 6:30 pm. Rode a ferry across Cape Fear and of course broke another spoke. Took a few wrong turns and added mileage to an already long day. But I’m here safe and sound. ;-)

Best Church Sign of the Day – A cold church is like cold butter, it doesn’t spread well.

Day 20 – Wilmington, NC to Jacksonville, NC

north carolina state line

North Carolina State Line

Safe and sound here in Jacksonville, NC. Camped right outside of Camp Lejeune. Had a strong tailwind today, so I made great time. About time right? No broken spokes, very good. Vince stayed behind and took wheel with broken spoke to an awesome bike shop in Wilmington that rebuilt the entire wheel, so hopefully that will take care of all of those issues.

Not a church sign, but I liked it- Think of mistakes as feedback.

Day 21 – Jacksonville, NC to Washington, NC

Wheel Fix

Wheel Fix

Rolled into Washington, NC (yes that’s North Carolina) a little while ago. Nice day. It sure got hot, but nothing a good ol Texan boy can’t handle. I had an old Marine pull up next to me yesterday and say, “Son, you gotta be tougher than leather to be riding in weather like this! At a boy! Ride one for me!” I just laughed.

Off for my last century ride (that’s 100 miles for you non-rider folks) tomorrow to Suffolk, VA.

Best Church sign today (completely relevant to me by the way) – God doesn’t promise your journey will be easy.

That’s it for Now!

I’ll try to just take the post I add to Facebook from now on. I think writing a full blog post is just too much each night. Especially on long days. Tomorrow is going to be a long day – 100+ miles with a strong headwind (go figure).

Thanks and God Bless! Until I see you next, I’ll be riding the white line!

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Day 14 of the I Ride for Cancer 2012 Ride

Day 14 – Macclenny, FL to Statesboro, GA

Georgia State LIne

Georgia State Line

Today’s ride was really meant to go from Macclenny, FL to Jesup, GA – about 100 miles – but I ran into more spoke issues. The first spoke broke around Folkston, GA and we switched out the back wheel with the spare one. And just outside of Hortense and 80 miles into the ride,  the spare broke.

So that left me stranded with only one option – find a bike shop. Unfortunately that meant driving to Statesboro (an additional 70 miles and the next day’s ride) as the closest bike shop was there.

Fortunately The Bike Shop (that’s the actual name by the way), was a really awesome shop. They fixed us up and got the bikes rolling again. We also used the opportunity to get the tools we needed to fix the spokes ourselves next time they break so we don’t have to keep trying to find bike shops.

So that leaves us with only one night in Georgia. That’s ok with me really as I’m not extremely fond of Georgia roads. They don’t believe in shoulders and the shoulders they do make are filled with what I’m calling rumble strips. You know, the kind that keeps a driver awake if they veer off the road.

Well it seems as if Georgia has a love affair with the rumble strips and that unfortunately means not very safe conditions for bike riders.

We will see what South Carolina brings tomorrow! Until then – I’ll be riding the white line!

Best Church Signs of the Day

If God is in your co-pilot seat, guess who’s sitting in the wrong seat?

A man who kneels before God can stand up to anything.

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Day 7-13 of the I Ride for Cancer 2012 Ride

Mississippi State Line

Mississippi State Line

Ok so I’ve been so derelict on keeping up this blog, that I’m going to lump up my experiences into one blog post instead of putting off writing and falling further and further behind.

So here goes. ;-)

Day 7 – Franklinton, LA to Perkinston, LA

This day was another day in Louisiana and dealing with the horrible roads. The morning was ok and I suffered another flat just outside of Perkinston. Can’t wait to get out of this state. Perkinston was ok, but the RV park was something else. They had signs posted everywhere about not doing drugs, so that left very little confidence in it for Vince and I. We just did our normal thing and went to bed early and got up early so it wasn’t a big deal I guess, but I’m sure we won’t be going back there ever again.

Day 8 – Perkinston, LA to Mobile, AL.

Alabama State Line

Alabama State Line

This is the day the rain started. As soon as I woke up, it was raining. Luckily it quit just before I left, but about 20 minutes into the ride it started again. Nothing too bad, just a light rain.

However, about 50 miles into the ride I crossed into Alabama and God opened the flood gates. My visibility went down to about 5 feet in front of me, which meant that the drivers couldn’t see me. BUT, there were very few cars on the roads thankfully.

So I stopped on the side of the road and let it rain. After about 15 minutes, I looked down and noticed that my back wheel had another broken spoke. Nuts.

I sat there for about 45 minutes until it let up enough to keep on going. Vince met me not far from where I had stopped initially and we switched out the wheel and had lunch.

I made it the next 30 miles to just outside of Mobile when Vince came and picked me up. We ended up staying in a motel that night as it’s just too hard to set the RV up in the rain.

Day 9 – Rain out

So it was a good thing that we stayed in the motel because it had rained so much throughout the night that Mobile had received 9 inches of rain. Even more importantly, Pensacola (our next destination) had received about 15 inches of rain and had a lot of flooding.

There were massive storms heading our way this morning as well. So after debating for an hour, Vince and I decided to hole up in the motel and let the storms pass. Great thing as Pensacola had received up to 22 inches of rain by the end of the day and they were having massive flooding.

Day 10 – Rain Out Again

This was almost a repeat of the prior day. In fact the storms were just lining up one after another. So we made a command decision to drive to get on the other side of the storms and get back on track.

That was a hard decision for me as I really wanted to ride the entire thing, but I’m trying to make it to Washington D.C. on National Pancreatic Awareness Day to help lobby to our congress folks to pass the Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act. And more importantly, if Vince and I had to stay in the motel another day, we would both go nuts!

So we drove over to Bonifay, FL and found a really nice RV park – the Florida Springs RV Park. The owner was extremely nice and inviting and the folks around the park were completely interested in not only the ride, but the Casita (the RV we are in).

Day 11 – Bonifay, FL to Tallahassee, FL

Florida State Line

Florida State Line

I guess a few days off the bike does wonders. I had the best ride yet on this day. I had a slight tail wind (one of the very few I’ve had) and felt extremely strong. So I made extremely good time. The plan starting out was to make it to Chatahoochee, FL (about 70 miles) and see how I felt.

I got there at around noon and felt great. So after a quick lunch at Subway, we decided to push on the next 30 miles to Tallahassee and get a day ahead of schedule. One thing we didn’t really consider – all of the very big hills between Chatahoochee and Tallahassee. They slowed me down some, but I kept on pushing through and made it in at around 3:30. It was actually quite a fun ride despite all of the steep hills.

Now is where it gets interesting. The day before we had called the Capitol City riding group and asked about safe routes heading out of Tallahassee and was directed to a place called the Bicycle House.

Bicycle House is a non-profit bike shop that teaches people how to work on their own bikes and serves as a bike advocate around the Tallahassee area. They help with planning for bike lanes as well as volunteer to go out and work on the road shoulders and cleaning up glass around the city. It’s a really cool idea actually.

Scot Benton is the mastermind behind Bicycle House and he not only helped us with a safe route, but also volunteered to ride out with me the next morning. Also, come to find out, his dad also passed away from Pancreatic Cancer as did mine so we had a lot to talk about.

What a blessing that was. It’s strange how God has put us in the right place at the right time and lead us to the people who could help the most.

Day 12 – Tallahassee, FL to Live Oak, FL

So Scot and I headed out together and he rode 33 miles with me to Monticello, FL. We even had lunch for a bit. When we were done, I continued on towards Live Oak.

We made it into our next RV park destination – the Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park which apparently hosts music festivals almost on a weekly basis. We were lucky to get a spot as there was a music festival to begin the next day.

Day 13 – Live Oak, FL to Macclenny, FL

Today is the first day back where I’m facing a head wind. The forecast has the wind coming from the Northeast for the foreseeable future, so it’s going to make it exciting as I will be turning north after Macclenny.

The ride today was a tough one. I’m not sure why other than I’ve been nursing some saddle sores and they sure were hurting today. That combined with the heat and the headwind and the 60 miles I rode sure seemed like a 100 miles once I got in around 12:30. We couldn’t find an RV park here either, so we are currently in a Travellodge.

Well that just about wraps up this post. I know it was a long one and I’m sure I’ve left a million details out, but I felt I needed to get caught up. Tomorrow will be a 100 mile day with upwards of 15 mph headwinds, so please pray that my bottom doesn’t hurt the entire day like it did today and that my strength holds up.

Thanks and God bless you!

Best Church Signs from the Road

God will provide for all your needs.

What is missing from ch ch?

Is what you are living for worth dying for?

Gods word is set in stone. Trust God.

We aren’t in ministry for the income. We are in it for the outcome.

God looks down from on high and sees into our hearts

Words can either be hurtfull or helpfull.

God reigns and the Son shines.

Man sets the course and God provides the steps.

Worry is a burden God never intended for us to bear.

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Day 6 of the I Ride for Cancer 2012 Ride

During day 6, I rode from St. Francisville, LA to Franklinton, LA. The morning started nicely with some pretty big hills heading through the first few towns. I was averaging around 14 mph with the hills. I also started to notice a slight headwind – maybe around 3mph. No big deal, just enough to slow me down a bit.

The first few towns I went through seemed very nice and for all of my badmouthing of Louisiana roads, the roads on this stretch were actually quite nice and smooth.

Right outside of Greensburg (about 50 miles into the ride), I was unfortunate however to get a flat. I’m not sure what I ran over that caused it, but sure enough – there’s another 30 minutes wasted on fixing another flat.

During this morning, Vince headed down to Baton Rouge to Mid City Cycles to get the spoke on the wheel fixed from yesterday. Great guys. If you are in Baton Rouge and need help, we highly recommend them!

Fortunately Vince had planned to meet me for lunch close to I55 and Greensburg is just a few miles outside of it. We ended up meeting at the Greensburg Truckstop and Grill. I got to talking with a lady who was making a sandwich for me and then talked with a few of the other people there. They ended up giving me my sandwich and signed my jersey.

You know what happened next? The manager came out while I was eating and gave a donation and signed my jersey. What great ladies! I’m so surprised at people’s generosity and willingness to help out. What a blessing.

So I continued on riding to Franklinton and as the day got warmer, it started blowing harder. I also noticed some thunderstorms moving in to the east of me. I don’t mind rain, but lightning on the other hand is another story.

So it became a race. Could I make it to the camp site that Vince had set all set up at the Bogue Chitto State Park before the storm rolled in?

It was close. Vince actually met me close to Franklinton and picked me up so I didn’t get caught in the storm. And sure enough, as soon as we pulled into the camp sight, it started poring!

That’s about it. It ended up being a 90 mile day with lots of hills and headwinds! After a good night sleep it was on to Day 7!

Best Church Sign of the Day

God will provide for all of your needs.

Until tomorrow, I’ll be riding the white line! See ya!

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