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A Year ago Today

A year ago today I woke up in a shady hotel in Choletecha Honduras…

I spent the day with a team of great people in 120 degree weather…

I received a birthday card with 2 Lempiras in it (18.3 Lempiras = $1 American) so basically I was given 8 cents)  NICE.

The people we were working with in Choletecha made me a chocolate cake

I assisted in baking (yes baking in 120 degree weather) over 300 cookies for a VBS event in a poverty area

We rode around in a bus with no air conditioning for hours to different areas to see the worst case scenarios

Our last stop was in a small village where kids came to get donuts and cookies hardly wearing anything at all as they had nothing.

I witnesses the Feed The Children bags that we bagged in Brainerd, Minnesota with the hearts and hands of our community being placed in the hands of these children.

How great is our God?

Best Birthday ever…


February 8, 2009 Posted by | Devotion in motion | 2 Comments

Monday Mind Dump

  • Not a lot to report from last week from last week early on other than the norm…
  • Friday however was a blast!  Al took me out to China Garden to celebrate my upcoming birthday since he would be in Florida when it actually happened.  I haven’t had Chinese food in about three months – YUM!!!  Then we went to hear a band in Breezy Point with some friends and we had a great evening!
  • Saturday early morning I drove Al to the airport.  I ran errands throughout the day and Chance and I went to the movie Push Friday evening.  Review here
  • Sunday afternoon Suzette and Karol came over and we watched Mama Mia together.  Suzette hadn’t seen it before.  This “getting together” has been two years in the planning… how sad is that?  It took up two years to get the three of us together at the same place at the same time.  Great afternoon.
  • Today – I turn 42.  Whoa.  Justin took the day off and is taking me to dinner tonight.

February 8, 2009 Posted by | Just me | Comments Off on Monday Mind Dump

Biking Goals for 2009…

I am so looking forward to spring 2009 and beyond!  I have some new biking goals and if anyone out there is game to join me – let me know.  here is the tentative plan:

ironmanThe Ironman: (April 26, 2009 in Lakeville, MN.):  The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle® Ride, now in its 43rd year, is the longest running century bike ride in Minnesota. With routes of 100, 65 and 30 miles, this single day bike tour has something for every cyclist. Held every year on the last Sunday in April in Lakeville MN, the Minnesota Ironman is the start of the cycling season in the upper midwest.

lakesTour of Lakes: (Saturday June 6) The Tour of Lakes Bicycle Ride is a one day recreational ride for cyclists of all abilities. It is not a race. Experience the beautiful Brainerd Lakes area as you ride past lakes and forests on low traffic rolling to flat terrain. An occasional hill can be found as well.  Our tour promises an abundance of beautiful scenery, fresh air, terrific rest stops and a different route each year.

The ride is held rain or shine. You can choose the short route or challenge yourself with the long route.

The Tour of Lakes Bicycle Ride is a non-profit event hosted by the Paul Bunyan Cyclists Bicycle Club. Any surplus revenues are used to promote safe cycling in our community.

beststrawberrieseverTour of Saints ( Sunday, July 12): Each summer from 200 cities across Minnesota,cyclists gather in St. Joseph to pedal quiet byways, sweat over challenging hills, relish the summer-rich morningand savor fresh treats along the way.  The tour starts and ends at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.  The course traces 35 undulating miles of scenic byways, with a 50-mile option you can choose along the way.  Riders enjoy rest stops with food and drink spaced along the scenic course.

riderimage2Minnesota Aids Trek: (September 12 and 13th) A 1 or 2 day 100% volunteer supported, bicycle trek benefiting people affected by HIV / AIDS, and vaccine research.

We’ll start out bright and early on the morning of Saturday September 12, 2009, from a location to be announced.  Gear transported by trucks.  Snacks and fluids are provided at pit stops, approximately 15 miles apart.  Lunch provided at the third pit stop.
Dinner and overnight camping at the Grand Casino Hinckley Campgrounds; see below for information about hotel alternatives.  We are working on arrangements for a limited number of resort chalets at Grand Casino Hinckley.
Sunday September 13, 2009 we leave Hinckley for Duluth.  Pit stops and lunch provided, also celebratory dinner at Duluth.  Motorcoach transportation leaving Duluth for the Twin Cities at about 5:30 p.m.  Bikes and gear transported back to the Twin Cities.

This is the plan as of this date.  Contact me if you want to do any of these of more details.  I would love to be able to get a few people to do this with.

February 8, 2009 Posted by | Insane Moments, Just me | 1 Comment