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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 …

Posted on: June 26, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Mislead

I might have mislead you. You’ve read the last two days about a crash and getting lost, and you might think our team is the gang who can’t shoot straight. Truth is, this tour has gone incredibly well. That’s kind of how it is though, with bike tours and with …

Posted on: June 25, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Lost?

Monday we managed to get lost. Not quite sure how you get lost on a path you ridden several times before, but we did it. At the end of the day, we wrote it off as a great team building exercise. When you take off on an adventure like this, …

Posted on: June 24, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Crash!

Front Range Tour 2019 is off to an on usual start. Saturday, we get rained out. In seven years that’s never happened. Part of the group got in a little bit of a ride later in the day, but we had to cancel Cheyenne to Fort Collins. Sunday we got …

Posted on: June 20, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

About Fighting

Perhaps we shouldn’t fight injustice. We want to end the horrible blight of human trafficking. Some might say we’re engaged with ruthless, violent criminals. The only way to win, they say, is to fight back. I’m looking at our never-ending war on drugs, terrorism, human trafficking and thinking more, bigger …

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

A Little Extra

I re-learned a lesson this weekend about “extra.” We had an amazing team of 45 volunteers in blue t-shirts for the FREEDOM TOUR Prologue. Nearly 100 cyclists on two routes, and the whole thing ran smoothly. Smiles everywhere. One of those volunteers made a little sign to stick inside the …

Posted on: June 11, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Only 12?

Jesus called 12 disciples. He could have summoned thousands. He could have surrounded himself with huge crowds of adoring followers. He spoke the truth of the universe. He might have opened a university-sized teaching enterprise to spread the message as far as possible. He didn’t. He wasn’t concerned with bigger …