MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2011
Good morning! Up at 5:30…thanking God for great, cool sleeping weather. We’re packing up now, we’ll have some devotions, and then be on our way. Make sure that you, too, take a minute to talk…and LISTEN to God.
And now God, PLEASE help us find a water hose so that we can brush our teeth…..AMEN!
Whoa!….seek and ye shall find! Grateful…wow.
All packed up and ready to head out.
BUT….we realize as we start to leave, that we had left the map of our route INSIDE the church last night! Ack!
However, it ‘JUST’ so happens, that last night after the fellowship Jack Hannahs introduced himself to me, and said that he lived close to the church, and if I needed anything to give him a call. Well, this morning, he got a call, and he had a key to the church! Yea!
After much searching, and an inability to find the rolled up paperwork, and thinking that it MIGHT have been thrown in the trash the night before [and was now in a LOCKED garbage bin], Earline had a idea [inspiration?] where it might be and VOILA, there it was!
Double-YEA! Thanks, Jack for your attention to God’s leading and your willingness to help.
We continued on the trail to Lake Mary, where we saw Jack again at Panara Bread. [His wife had convinced him that Panara Bread was on the way home for him…..it wasn’t. Ha!]
We also met [we meet SO MANY interesting people on these Mission POSSIBLE Tours], Jim, who this year will have biked over 10,000 miles!
[Okay, you math majors, figure it out. That is over 200 miles per week….consistently!]
As we were riding along, we realized that even though the sun was low in the sky, down here in Florida it still has power this time of the year….so we were careful to add some sunscreen. [Special note to Bernie: “Thanks for the Mary Kay!”]
As we were heading north on Orange in the west Sanford area, we were riding on sidewalks to avoid the traffic. The disadvantage of that, is that not only is the sidewalk often a less smooth ride, but it is unreliable, and will sometime just end as you move from block to block, area to area.
Such was the case as we approached Hwy. 46….and as Earline left the end of the sidewalk to climb the little hill from the ditch to the road she….well, see for yourself:
Thankfully it was a nice a nice soft landing. I tried to get her to stay down while I got a picture, but she wasn’t having any of THAT! Ha!
[Say, didn’t she tip over the first day of our 2010 Mission POSSIBLE Tour??!!??]
She DID! And she got a boo-boo!…..Here’s the proof:
Just goes to prove that you CAN tip over on the trikes….so be careful when negotiating slanted hills, or traveling on roads with a high centerline crown. [See: www.dirtandgravel.psu.edu/Resources/Documents/crown_cs.pdf]
Unlike a bicycle, which can stay vertical despite the slope of the road, a tricycle will necessarily lean WITH the slope, and if you’re carrying a lot of gear, you may be top-heavy and prone to tip over. Just remember to lean in to the slope.
We had to get across the St. Johns River, and took the 17-92 bridge, just west of the I-4 bridge.
Earline was a little “nervous” [okay, she said I drove her crazy!!], but it was NOT a BIG bridge, and it had an 8-foot shoulder. [!] And I, ahem…. was trying to ride beside her to get some good pictures….oh, well. May I give you a link to a similar 8-foot shoulder bridge that we went over LAST summer?:
Link to Day 78 of the 2010 Mission POSSIBLE Tour [TEXTING while going over THIS bridge last summer!]
Here’s a photo approaching the St. Johns bridge:
And a photo looking east at the I-4 bridge, with the old 17-92 bridge converted into a park in the foreground:
It was actually really nice weather today. Earline was commenting how she preferred riding this time of the year, as opposed to summertime.
We DID have a few hills, for example, this one heading into Debary:
17-92 is an awfully busy road, but it DID have a lot of sidewalk [know your laws, though….some Florida counties do NOT allow cyclists to ride on their sidewalks.] It also had a 4-foot road shoulder much of the way that was also available, which makes riding a little less hazardous. We did take some back roads to get up to De Leon Springs [and found a little bike trail as well!], and went through some rural areas.
Finally got to Bethlehem MBC, around 6pm, and they have a porch for our trikes!
Deacon Moore even came and opened up the foyer so that we could have access to the bathrooms. Thank you, Lord, and thank you Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church for YOUR hospitality.