After nine days of riding over 475 miles, Biking Cross Kansas (BAK) is over! My son Gus and I arrived at the Missouri state line, took our photo (I wish it had been a bigger sign!) and rode back to the celebration area where my wife, Cary picked us up bound for Denver! The ride from a fundraising standpoint was wildly successful! Final numbers are still being calculated, but as of today, June 13 we were able to exceed our goal of 10,000 meals raising the money to provide 10,159 meals for the homeless and needy. The cost of serving one meal is $1.92, which makes the total $19,505.28!
At the Missouri state line.
I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the financial support raised for the Denver Rescue Mission. Knowing that you were there supporting me in this ride was such an encouragement. Friends of the Mission not only supported me with prayer and financial gifts, but with a kind word, a special email or just “checking in” on me. For those of you who have been reading my blog and praying for me, thank you! We certainly felt protected and looked after. With only one flat tire and no mishaps resulting in bodily damage, we felt blessed!
- Gus and I rode across Kansas!
I would like to also thank the BAK organizers, who have been doing this for 35 years. What a great job you did! Thank you! You know how to put together a ride! Thank you to the great people of Kansas, especially those in the small towns who treated us with wonderful hospitality!
A special thank you to the other riders whom Gus and I formed a pace line with at various times; this helped us complete each day faster. These individuals include Scott, Albert, Bruce, Jan, Rick, Brad, Lorrie, Todd, Terry, and anyone else I missed or may have drafted off of!
Thank you to all my staff and especially Alexxa, Zsuzsanna, Chris, Griff, Greta, Mary, and Kadija for making the logistics run so smoothly. This event was not a one man show, it took a team to put this together.
Lastly, thank you Gus for being willing to spend nine days with your dad as we rode all the way across Kansas. I am sure most 27-year-olds have other things they would rather be doing than sleeping in a hot two-man tent with their dad, pulling me up hills and through headwinds or sitting in small town libraries while I blogged. Thanks to your daily support, we were able to do something for a cause bigger than ourselves, something that will change people’s lives forever at the Mission. The thing I will remember the most about this ride is the great gift of your time, joining me in this adventure!
For those of you reading, I hope this adventure has been an inspiration to do something for someone who can do nothing for you. It does not have to be a ride across Kansas, just a kind word or encouragement to someone. We all so desperately need this. I am reminded of the words of Jesus when He said, “This is my commandment to you, that you love one another even as I have loved you.” John 15:12.
Thank you and God Bless!