I am back with my family and feel good about my accomplishment; however it is really important to me that everyone who has followed this adventure remembers the true purpose and why I decided to take this challenge on. This adventure had multiple purposes, and was much more than just riding my bicycle across our great nation. First, it was a way to raise some money to assist the Guardino family through these very challenging times. We have raised just over $6,000 so far and I am asking each of you to reach out to your friends, family and coworkers to consider a donation. Donations are still being accepted at placerchaplains.com, and my hope is we can break the $10,000 mark before we are done.
Second, I had hoped taking on this challenge would raise awareness that there are many people fighting this terrible disease. People like Tim, a man who has chosen a life of service to others. John 15:13 says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Tim has lived this scripture through his life and I am proud to call him my friend. Even as he struggles with this disease each day Tim continues to serve the citizens of the State of California, and more importantly his own family.
Third, I continue to pray that those who may read this will remember to pray specifically for Tim and his family. I can only imagine how Tim’s heavenly Father would feel if His people prayed earnestly for Tim’s healing.
Finally, I hope this journal and photos have allowed Tim and those of you who have followed along to feel a part of this journey. I could not have completed this without all the prayers and encouragement I have received throughout this adventure. I hope you have enjoyed some of the stories and appreciated the small photo journal I have kept. I will never forget this and my hope is each of you will have felt as though you were a part, because for me you were.
A friend of mine I relied on while planning this trip helped me with a lot of valuable information and lessons he had learned in preparing for touring. Ultimately, I told him one can plan and plan, but at some point you just have to get on the bike and go. Many of us fail to move beyond the planning stage in things we want to do in this life; whether it is fear of failure, concern for how we will accomplish something, or we just think we can get to it later. Well, I am here to tell you, sometimes you just have to get up and take that first step, take a risk, and have some faith. It is amazing to me that what seems impossible can be accomplished, I am living proof.
Tim, I felt you were here with me each step of the way. There were times I became emotional at various milestones and I can’t explain why, only that I thought of you at those moments and wanted to share them with you. I hope this journey we have taken together has given you some joy and sense of accomplishment as well because I couldn’t have done it without you, nor would I have even tried. I also hope this adventure continues to inspire you to continue to fight through this difficult battle you are engaged in. I will continue to stand with you in this fight.
God Bless you! I love you brother!!
One final thank you to Performance Bicycles in Virginia Beach, VA. I dropped my bike off today and they are shipping it home for me. Thank You! I look forward to seeing many of you soon.