Day 58

Posted: July 29, 2012 in Bike Ride Across America 2012

title slideA big thank you to Pastor Mueller and everyone at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Delmar for welcoming our family and giving me the opportunity to share the story of Lutheran Campus Mission Association this morning!  The theme for worship was “Rooted in Love,” based on Ephesians 3:1-21. In his sermon, Pastor Mueller reminded us:  “When you are rooted in God’s love, you are taking in God’s nourishment so that your faith is healthy and strong and will endure the droughts and storms of life.”  Campus ministries help college students remain rooted in God’s love during a time when many young people experience some of life’s droughts and storms for the first time.

If you are college student – or know someone who is in college – Lutheran Campus Mission Association can help you connect with a local ministry.


Day 57

Posted: July 28, 2012 in Bike Ride Across America 2012

Tim Mueller joined me for today’s bike ride from Thompson’s Lake to his family’s house in Delmar, NY. Not only did we make it to our destination before it started to rain, but we also enjoyed coasting on some long downhill grades.


Another highlight today was a visit from Kristin Negele, who was a college student at Kent State during the time I served as a campus pastor at Kent.  Kristin lives in New York now and has been following my ride on the blog.


We all attended the evening worship service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and enjoyed the hospitality of the Mueller family. Thank you to our New York friends for a great day!

Day 56

Posted: July 27, 2012 in Bike Ride Across America 2012

Today’s ride brought us to Thompson’s Lake State Park near Voorheesville, NY.  I was able to avoid the morning rain and scattered afternoon showers. There’s a nice swimming beach at the lake, which was a welcome attraction for the kids.


This evening we had dinner at our campsite with our friends, Mark and Bonnie Mueller and their kids, Emily and Tim. Tomorrow Tim and I will bike to the Muellers’ house in Delmar, NY where Mark serves as senior pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.


Day 55

Posted: July 26, 2012 in Bike Ride Across America 2012

Tonight we’re camped near St. Johnsville, NY.  If the weather cooperates tomorrow I hope to make it to the outskirts of Albany. I’ve been enjoying the ride through New York and could envision more bicycling here in the future.


The reality that my ride across America will be over soon is starting to cross my mind. Mentally and physically, I feel great! When I return, I hope that this experience will continue to inspire me to keep personal wellness a high priority.

Day 54

Posted: July 25, 2012 in Bike Ride Across America 2012

Just adding up the miles… Today was the third consecutive day over 100 miles since arriving in New York.  That’s a good thing, as tomorrow’s weather forecast is calling for rain and thunderstorms throughout the day.  Riding conditions today ranged from smooth, paved-shoulder highways to single lane trail. My stopping point for the day was in Rome, NY.


My route also took me on the urban streets of Syracuse. I missed out on some nice photo opportunities while navigating downtown traffic, but did get a picture of this Croatian church (which looks much more magnificent in person).


Day 53

Posted: July 24, 2012 in Bike Ride Across America 2012

Today’s bike ride followed the towpath trail alongside the Erie Canal.  My stopping point tonight was Palmyra, NY.  I had a flat tire right away this morning, with the puncture coming from an unusual object… a fish hook!


Today’s family adventure took Jen, Emma, Norah, and Brennen to Niagara Falls and the Erie Canal Discovery Center in Lockport, NY. The first stop in Niagara was Cave of the Winds on Goat Island. “When you first enter Cave of the Winds, it’s like a mist. When you get to Hurricane Deck, it’s like you are taking a clean shower because the water pours right on you,” Norah reported.

Brennen exclaimed, “I loved it. The water was blue until it splashed, then it was white. There were bubbles like soap.”

“Hurricane Deck was awesome because you get soaked,” Emma shared. “The observation deck was cool because it felt like you were floating in the air over the river.”

At the Erie Canal Discovery Center, we learned how they made the locks in Lockport. There was an interactive interpretative movie narrated by a person playing Benjamin Wright, the lock engineer for the Erie Canal, from the famous ‘Opening of the Erie Canal’ mural by A. Raphael Beck.


“Wright” explained to us why New York needed the Erie Canal and how the canal was dug. Then invited us behind a movie screen to finish the film on a packet boat where we learned how the locks worked. After exploring the center, we went out to the “Flight of Five” and walked along the original canal locks in Lockport.

Day 52

Posted: July 23, 2012 in Bike Ride Across America 2012

Lake Erie coast…


With a strong west wind, it didn’t take very long to cycle from Erie, PA to the New York state line!


The wind, cooler than usual temperature, and lake shore scenery made the 112 mile ride to western Buffalo, NY very enjoyable. Here are a few pics: