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The Ponderings of a Pedaling Pastor

Psalm 96:11-12


Day 34 of 90...So I’ve been in need of a new tire for a couple of days now. I had swapped my rear (which was wearing thin) with my front when I was on rest over the 4th of July. I knew by doing this I’d get some extra miles out of it. The other day I noticed the threads were starting to show in a couple of sections, so I did the old “super glue” trick, knowing I needed to get to Lander (2 days away) for a new tire. If you want to know the super glue trick, ask me in person sometime. Anyway, I got an early start today because I knew I had a 75 miles journey to Lander...hoping the tire wouldn’t blowout. Crazy thing...the front tire held, but I ended up with my 3rd flat of this trip (on the rear). I had planned to visit Sacajawea’s grave, but instead fixed the flat and then quickly pushed on the remaining 17 miles to the shop. Honestly, I probably had time to visit her grave, but I was gun shy after getting the flat and knowing in the back of my mind that the front tire could blow at any point. The mechanics at Gannett Peak Sports were amazing and treated me, as a Trans-Am bike rider, like royalty...they gave me a free ice cream sandwich and a free beer while I waited on the work to be done. While riding today I was struck with how God continues to surprise me with the beauty and how it changes from place to place. Oregon was green and lush...I’m now in a part of Wyoming that is rugged and potentially brutal, and yet there is beauty in it. I passed through the Wind River Indian Reservation...the people were friendly and welcoming, even though I could see they didn’t have much and had it tougher than most. Beautiful scenery, beautiful people. I’m settled in Lander for the evening, tent camping again.
77 miles and 1922 total climbing.
Psalm 96:11-12 “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”