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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, Becky and I slept in […]

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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 creep, the social media troll, […]

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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 my career that things work […]

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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. It’s the stuff of theological […]

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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 pumps my tires and helps […]

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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 day with what could be […]

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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 beginning, but these folks persisted. […]

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