"For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory."
The final day has finally arrived. Today is the day we will prove to everyone that we ALL completed the long delightful journey across 3,200 miles of beautiful American land. From this day on and forever I will recount the many stories, conversations, and memories I have held dear to my heart to many others throughout the upcoming years of my life. The taste of victory as we entered the Atlantic Ocean this afternoon is a taste and memory that will never fade away. It is quite astonishing how a group of novice, young college students transitioned and matured into a courageous, humbled group full of love and yearning to understand more of God’s plans in standing under one cause. The power of a group is remarkable. If one member falls, there is always one there to pick the other up. I have learned a numerous amount of information about each and every one of my fellow comrades while pedaling across the wide country and I am pleased to tell you their future’s are bright and immensely hopeful. Through them I have better learned something about myself and I have better understood my purpose in this crazy world.
Rather than describing my day in a detailed account at various mileages like I have done in previous blogs, I am simply concluding my blog with these final words comparing cycling with life:
In life and just like in cycling there will always be mountains to climb. Our group of six have summited numerous mountaintops throughout the progress of the trip including the San de Cristo Range in So. California, Rockies in CO, Ozarks in MO, and the Appalachians near the eastern coast. Each mountain has its own lofty personality. However, in order to summit such steepness, one must dig deep down within his/her inner being and persevere through all the sweat and overcome the temporary excruciating pain. Time will pass and the pain will become virtually unbearable but you will eventually after a period of time reach the summit of the beast. A state of unexplained euphoria will penetrate through every part in your body. You will feel invincible. In life there are many mountains you will conquer, whether small or large, you will discover your true self in the ascension. Challenge brings out the true character of a man. As you reach the top and overcome your troubles you will feel an instant moment of true excitement. Unfortunately, this happiness is short lived and you will soon find yourself descending down the road toward a valley. The descent may be slow or it may be a 45 mile per hour rush. On the way downward, you may come in contact with many different species of animals trying to grasp hold of your front wheel. You may experience some dogs that will constantly bark down your throat and chase you off the road. On the other hand you will meet a different type of dog that tamely just sits and encourages your journey gently along. In the valley you may face fatigue or extreme dehydration. Hanging on to what you know you will have to overcome the occasion and climb those small dips or walls along the road in the valley. Not all valleys are perfect flat you know. The road may then take an abrupt change from the relatively smooth surface into a bumpy, uneven asphalt. As time passes after each pedal stroke, you will come to the inevitable fork in the road. Turning left could lead down a path of eternal happiness under one absolute authority and turning in the opposite direction could lead into a path of ultimate destruction full of gnashing teeth. So which one is it going to be? I know the turn I have chosen and it has made all the difference since.