The 19th annual Bike for Life ride started out well, that is until the mosquitoes descended on us like a cloud! It was a good thing we were almost ready to start our ride because once we got moving, they were no longer a problem. It was a beautiful morning, temperatures in the low 70’s with a SE wind around 13 mph. There were 9 bikers that left Armour at about 7:08 a.m. and were greeted shortly north of town by supporters cheering us on, it was an encouraging sight!
About 5 miles out of Armour, we were joined by 4 more riders from the Sioux Falls/Brandon area. The first stretch of our ride was pretty un-eventful, and we made it to Parkston in decent time, by 9 a.m.
While in Parkston we enjoyed a light breakfast provided to us by First Lutheran Church. We didn’t rest too long as we were back on the road by 9:25.
The river hills on the way to Freeman didn’t stop us, although they may have slowed us down a little bit! We arrived in Freeman at 12:30, which is just a little longer than our usual time of about noon.
While in Freeman we enjoyed a nice lunch hosted by Saint Paul Lutheran Church. We picked up 5 more riders from the Brookings area and were back on the road again by 1:10.
After lunch we noticed the sky getting a little darker and after a few miles we started getting rained on. A bit further down the road we started seeing some lightening to the South and West of us, but we kept riding until we saw the lightening and heard the thunder to our northeast. It was a little too close for comfort, so we loaded up all the bikes and riders and drove the remaining 5 miles to Parker where we had our afternoon snack break. Snack was hosted by First English Lutheran Church and the church also gave us shelter out of the rain while the storm passed.
At about 3 pm we re-evaluated the weather and decided we would take another go at it. God was with us because all we ran into after we left Parker was a few more sprinkles of rain and then the sun started shining on us again!
We arrived at the Alpha Center at about 5:30, to the cheers and horns of our supporters. We had a lovely meal at the Alpha Center to conclude another blessed ride! There were no flat tires, no one fell off their bike… and we all managed to stay pretty close together so we didn’t cause problems with traffic. This year the ride went smoother than years in the past, and showed just how much God watches over us.
A very heart-felt thank you goes out to everyone who participated in any way to another successful ride this year. Thank you for the continued support, for the riders, the prayer warriors, those who prepared and hosted meals and breaks, to Krull’s Market in Armour for providing snacks, water and Gatorade for along the way, for those who take the time to drive along in vehicles and be our protection and support and thank you to those who cheered us on along the road at various times, what an encouraging surprise! Thank you to those who donate to our great cause. None of this would be possible without everyone’s participation and encouragement. God bless everyone involved.