I began this trip on July 8 by riding over the Columbia River and within two weeks crossed over the Colorado River several times. Both of these rivers are larger than life as they have shaped the landscape on their way to the Pacific Ocean. Today I finally crossed over the mighty Mississippi River into Chester, Illinois. I’ve seen the Mississippi River several times in my life from Minnesota to New Orleans. We lived less than 100 miles from the Mississippi for nearly 16 years while residing in Rockford, Illinois. But today’s view of the Mississippi was the most memorable of all.
The Mississippi marks a milestone on this ride. I will be in Silver Spring, Maryland on September 5. The Mississippi River tells me I have crossed over into the eastern part of the United States. Lewis and Clark embarked on their historic journey to find the Columbia River by navigating west along the Missouri River from where it empties into the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River carries a rich history along it’s shores from north to south telling the greatness of this country. Today, the grandeur and history of the Mississippi River reminded me of the grand journey I am privileged to take across this country for the most helpless in our society – infants and toddlers in need of diapers. And so I am on my way to the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on September 5 and on to Capital Hill on September 6 to bring awareness for the those who have no voice to those who have a big enough voice to make a difference in the lives of countless families. There are many moms and dads who want to be good parents, but don’t have the money for both food and diapers for their children. Together, we can help. Your donation today will be matched dollar for dollar for diapers. But it will do more than supply diapers to families in need, it will tell those who have a voice that we care about these families and it’s time they care for them as well.
We read in 1 John 3:16-18…16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Ride Stats: Total Miles- 91.9 Elevation Gain- 1,965 ft Avg Speed- 12.9 mph Avg HR- 109 (It was a leisurely ride.)