Author: Rich

Posted on: August 19, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Pray And Do

Prayer has gotten a bad reputation. In our broader culture, I’ll pray for you has sadly become a hollow platitude. “Thoughts and prayers” has become a way of saying, “We feel kinda bad, but we probably aren’t going to do anything about it.” We’ve allowed the perception that prayer is …

Posted on: August 12, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

The Kid In The Back

We live in communities. Neighborhoods, towns, churches, families all can be places where people come together toward some common purpose. They can also be places of oppression, isolation, and inequality. I’ve thought a lot lately about community. Because it’s difficult, because we do these bike tours, because I spent 35 …

Posted on: August 9, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Community And Circles

We completed two amazing tours. Community is hard. Whether it’s a bike tour/mission trip, a neighborhood, a city, a state, or a country, bringing folks together from different places, with different backgrounds and beliefs and different reasons for showing up, and asking them to work toward a common purpose takes …

Posted on: August 1, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Robots

On our bike tours, we sleep in churches. Each night, generous congregations allow us to invade their space with coolers, sleeping bags, and cycling equipment. When we leave each morning we do our best to leave the spaces just as we found them, clean and ready for use. In Breckenridge, …

Posted on: July 27, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Superfluous?

Day one of the Colorado Mountain Tour. So far our team has played an intense game of wiffle ball and done a round of show-and-tell. We loaded and unloaded the trailer twice, and shared an amazing dinner catered by our friends in Buena Vista from an amazing organization called BV …

Posted on: July 23, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Don’t!

Two ways to create a culture. Method #1: Highlight bad behavior and make a rule. “Don’t do that.” You see the problem, right? We do it all the time, in reality TV and politics (is there a difference?) and the legal system. Media shines a spotlight on the bully, the …

Posted on: July 18, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

But What About?

If you’ve been here before, you’ll know I’m not fond of rules. Control, coercion, punishment…as a teacher I found those to be pretty ineffective ways to run a classroom. The more rules you have, the more time you spend enforcing rules instead of doing important stuff. I learned later in …

Posted on: July 15, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Front Range Tour Video

I’m never quite sure how to summarize a tour experience. One way is a video. I hope you enjoy this brief look at Front Range Tour 2019. Can’t see the video? Click here.

Posted on: July 9, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Philosophizing

A friend wonders whether it’s divine intervention or self-determination. He tells a story. He worked hard but was still surprised by an unlikely outcome. I’ll bet you have a similar event in your journey, and I’ll bet you’ve wondered whether the result was due to your efforts or God’s hand. …

Posted on: July 5, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Independence

Yesterday was “Independence” Day. Becky and I took a 40-mile bike ride together. Appropriate for the holiday, because I feel about as independent on my bike as anywhere I can be. When I ride I feel completely free. My “independence,” however, only happens because other people work for it. Becky …

Posted on: July 1, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

New

The folks at Harvest Farm are a special part of the FREEDOM TOUR community. Each year since 2015, we’ve invited men from the farm to join us on the initial stage of the Front Range Tour. For those who don’t cycle a lot, a 58-mile ride – on a hot …

Posted on: June 28, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Well

The Front Range Tour team finished well. One way or another, every project ends. Sometimes we just give up or run out of resources. Sometimes we stop because the calendar says it’s time. Occasionally, we finish well. A weather delay and Gary’s significant injury got us off to a rocky …