My Activity Tracking
My target 1400kms
"It is Finished"
Sorry for the lack of updates.
It wasn't easy to send new posts via my mobile phone.
I can officially declare that we have completed the 10 Days of Bike for Bibles Tasmania and am back safely in Sydney since Friday afternoon.
It was a wonderful experience riding with 14 other full-time riders and 3 other part-time riders. We were ably supported by at least 3 roadies at all times who drove 2 vehicles which carried our nutritional and fluids supplies, day packs and equipment and luggage. We were also supported by local churches who provided warm fellowship and hearty food and drinks along our journey. In Bernie, Launceston, St Helens, Hobart and Launceston again, we were grateful for our billets who opened their homes for us to stay. As we rode from sights to sights and towns to towns, news of the funds that were donated encouraged us to press on despite the often inclement conditions we faced. As I write, the total amount raised for the Bangladeshi Rural Women Community Literacy Program exceeded $40K. So once again I'd like to thank you all for your valuable word or encouragement, prayers and donations.
Last but not least, all the praise goes to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who died on the Cross and rose from the dead and has authority over heaven and earth. He invites us to return to Him because He is our Maker. In Him, there is no other person or material thing that satisfies the desires of our hearts completely and forevermore.
PS. For those who would like to see more links to our rides and aerial views and pics. I will try my best to post this tomorrow.
Day 3 and 4
Day 3 was filled with meeting friends who came to live in Tasmania from Sydney. It was so good to here that God continues to be guiding their lives. Our God is our Strength and Refuge. Here is the link to day 3.
Day 4 was the coldest, wettest and windiest ride in my life. After the first 30 km, I was bordering in hypothermia. My hands and fingers were so numb that I did struggled to remove my arm warmers and soaked cycling gear to towel down. But after a change in dry clothes with rain jacket and hot Milo and food, all but 2 of our riders continued. After the most demanding terrain so far and persistent extremes of weather, we were finally greeted with the sunshine 20 km from St Helens. Our first rest day was pure joy. To share in our suffering for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus. A mere taste of suffering that Paul faced, when he was shipwrecked for the sake of the Gospel and just like our Lord Himself when He bore our sins on the Cross.
Here is the link to day 4.
We've been blessed with very warm hospitality and fellowship from our Tassie hosts. It is so encouraging to meet other riders from all over Australia coming to ride Tassie because of the additional focus on God's work in Bangladesh.
Obstacles, trials & solutions. All in God's Hands - 3 Days before we Ride!
3 days to the 1st leg of Bike for Bible Tassie 2019.
However it was a day of unforeseen obstacles.
While cleaning the bike I noticed a crack on the flange of my rear wheel's hub.
Had this failed during the event, there could have been broken spokes and a rear wheel failure with possible injury. But thanks to Our Heavenly Father, the problems were averted.
However, there was a second testing obstacle. When I was trying out my spare rear wheel I realised it needed to be trued. But this was more difficult than usual, but thankfully I located a faulty spoke due to a seized up thread. I had to cut the spoke because the nipple became burred from repeated turning with a spoke key under force. Thankfully I had a replacement spoke and nipple and managed to repair the wheel late into the night.
These obstacles and trials remind me of what Job and Joseph endured. (Mine was just 1 day) And ultimately Jesus Himself endured and triumphed over, by rising on the third day. God is sovereign and in control. I thank Him for this testing day and for helping me through it. 0020. Time for bed.
More About Bangladesh, Bible Society's Involvement & Prayer Points https://1drv.ms/w/s!AiOu8OdUBaLltDpDdQybPE43Xl0i https://1drv.ms/p/s!AiOu8OdUBaLltDze7f0Y8xix-Q84
I have received a few great questions about Bangladesh, Bible Society's Involvement and Specific Prayer Points from some of you.
I've summarised this information on the first link above.
There is a second link to a power point presentation as well.
The Oft Forgotten Picture - Under 2 weeks now
We had some time off work for a family holiday to Bundanoon last week. Time to enjoy and explore the Southern Highlands. Time to relax. Time to be beaten in every board game. Time to watch the 3rd Edition of How to Train a Dragon, which was arguably the best of the Trilogy.
Thanks especially to Jenn & the boys, I was able to have some longer training rides on in the Southern Highlands and also on Australia Day Morning when I took this picture.
My family are part of the team, in the background and at times forgotten but invaluable. They give me time to train and rest. They will also give me time to be away during this 2 week event.
God blesses us with family. He supplies us with all that we need. He is most glorified when we trust and enjoy Him to the max. How often do we forget this about our Heavenly Father?
Just like this picture, may our blurred greyish background reflections and shadows bring out the unforgettable colours of God's glory all the more!
3 weeks to Go - Making Steady Progress
Had 2 days of solid training this weekend totalling over 200km.
The first was a Solo ride on Saturday, which included this view of Narrabeen lagoon from Collaroy Plateau.
The second is with my usual Sunday morning cycling group LRP, which stands for L'Equipe Riz au Poulet which is loosely translated Chicken Rice Peloton. We simulated the Corkscrew Climb in the Tour Down Under.
Thanks to everyone's questions about BFB Tasmania, sponsorship, prayers and good wishes.
John (AKA Weedend Warrior on Strava)
Less than 1 month to go - Crunch Time!
Time to squeeze in more training and preparation with the start date coming up fast on Feb 9.
This is a great opportunity to raise awareness and support the need for literacy and faith amongst the rural Bangladeshi women and around the world.
Please pray for the final organisation of the 2019 Bike for Bible Tasmania event. May God give us a spirit of love, joy and unity. May He keep us safe.
Here is a beautiful pic of one of the iconic Cols of the Tour de France, the Croix de Fer (Iron Cross) to inspire us along our Tour of Tasmania.
Dear Family & Friends
I'm fundraising for the Bible Society by cycling more than 1,400 kms in 10 days (with 3 rest days) across Tasmania from Feb 9th to 21st 2019. The funds raised will support the work of Bible Society in Bangladesh to provide reading and writing skills to at least 1000 women through 50 rural churches. Through literacy classes women will be able to read, write about and interact with the Word of God, greatly influencing their lives and those around them.
Being able to read and write is a major challenge in Bangladesh. Of the 165 million people in the densely populated nation next to India, 65 per cent are semi-literate at best. If you are a woman living in a rural area, your chances of being literate plummet. The ripple effects of no formal education are long-lasting, affecting everything from supporting children well, to work and social opportunities.
Joining me is one of my cycling buddies, Ken Loui, along with others from around Australia.
Will you support us to help women in Bangladesh receive the life-changing love, freedom and redemption that comes from reading God’s word?
Thank you to my Sponsors
Paul And Margaret Edwards
David & Shauna
Neville And Marj Cave
Ken & Beth
Sebastian De Candia
Kelvin, Vicky And Elina
Bobby & Steph Tan
Owen & Asni
Steve & Michele Adams
Julian And Carolyn
Paul And Liz