BOBBY BRADY AND THANE WHITCELL TACKLING THE TRANSAM – DAY 1

Bobby & ThaneDay 1. Yorktown to Glendale ( Willis United United Methodist Church): Wednesday May 1, 2013, 67 miles – Total so far 67 miles

Wednesday May 1, 2013, 61 miles (99 km) – Total so far: 61 miles (99 km)

Thane
I am sitting in a tiny kid sized chair at the Willis United Methodist Church, 67 miles from where we started our journey today. Pastor Mark Rooks and the 143 members of his incredible congregation have been a safe haven for transam cyclist for years.

Tonight Bobby, myself and our new traveling buddy Mark Rooks who we just happened to meet at the monument this morning, along with four other cyclists will be blessed with hot showers, cooking facilities and sleeping inside the church. As I type this entry I am listening to the churches choir practicing. 7 beautiful voices being guided by the sounds emanating from a piano that has seen so much love that it warms my heart.

I am seriously moved to tears as the laughter resonates like thunder in a Nebraska storm. While two elderly women from the church are knitting scarves to send to our troops in the Middle East in one corner of the common area the choir laughs and sings and loves this life at the opposite end. I feel a tear slide down my left cheek.

As the baseball great Lou Gehrig said so, so many years ago…………… “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth!”

Today we cycled through the heart of the civil war. Passing numerous battlefields and graveyards. As Boo and I pedaled through the rain for most of the day, the history of this great country enveloped me. For a brief moment as we passed by each of the plaques that marked the individual battles I could smell the gun powder. I could hear the cries of the dead and the dying. The anguish of the parents that lost children. Both Union and Confederate. And I was moved!

Today I am humbled. Humbled by the history I just cycled through and humbled by the incredible sounds of the church choir which is still raising a song to the heavens.

Tomorrow we cycle to a little town called Mineral, about 80 miles away. But now, I need to go sit with the choir and love life.

Pastor Mark from Willis United Methodist Church, our host for the night. and incredible man with an incredible ministry

Pastor Mark from Willis United Methodist Church, our host for the night. and incredible man with an incredible ministry

bobby passing by one of the signs that help mark our route through this state

bobby passing by one of the signs that help mark our route through this state

today we cycled through the heart of the civil war. i could almost smell the gunpowder and hear the cries of the wounded.

today we cycled through the heart of the civil war. i could almost smell the gunpowder and hear the cries of the wounded.