Friday, July 5, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
This was one hot day! We began our leg, a little late which was an indcation of the day to come. We were paired with team #one. Tim Paton, Bob Findley, Garheard P. and Jason Zimmerman. At the 4 mile point we started the first climb of 4 modest climbs. My rear tire flayed at about mile thirty, a quick change and off we went. Idealistic about the rest of the day, afterall, in a group of eight if somthing else was going to happen, it was someone else's turn. On the next decent, I found myself riding in the SAG car for the next 30 miles. Although, I had already consumed over a galon of water, the 118 degree temps won the moment. Both my hamstrings completly locked up with cramps to the point of falling of my bike, not able to get out of my pedals.
It took all of the thirty miles, following the remaining riders Ray Melberg, Chris Taylor and Lee Weigand at 20 mph one and a half hours to recover enough to finish the ride. We had two others fall out from heat issues and Ray and I were able to bring in the last 28. Thanks for your prayers but we have the same tomorrow.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
It is the tridition, when on a cross country bicycle ride to dip the rear wheel in the departing ocean, in our case the Pacific Ocean. We did this at Dana point this afternoon in a comissioning ceremony. Jos, the International director for Christ's hope reminded us that we were not doing this ride for us. We are doing this in for the Lord Jesus Christ who sat children on his lap. We are riding for children LOVED by God and forgoten by men. I will not be indifferent, I will do somthing!
On my way to Dana Point to start Ride for Hope. I'm Excited and anxious to begin. Im in a our SAG vehicle driving from Sacremento with Laura Leeming Kristen & Lee Wiegand and Jos the International director of Christ's Hope International. I started this journey excited to ride my bicycle across the US but with each passing day I become more motivated for the cause of the lost children this ride will serve. If you can, please consider supporting, even $5 will help. www.rideforhopectc.org/riders/john-Leeming.
Friday, June 7, 2013
I am 9 days away from the start of my 10 day journey across the United States. I am getting very excited and can't wait to start. The cycling will be a challenge but meeting people along the rout and letting them know about the crisis in Africa and encouraging others to get involved is exciting as well. Thanks for your consideration of this challenge.
Friday, April 19, 2013
To put a face on my motivation, this week Ride for Hope sent me a photo of one of the children we are riding for. His name is Eliakim Odhiambo Odago, form Kenya. He is one of approximately 15 million children affected in some way by AIDS and HIV. With out assistance they are at great risk. They are left on there own with no access to food, shelter, education or medical care. Christ's hope provides these benefits for a child for about $550/year.
So from now until I complete the ride in Florida, I ride for Eliakim!
The link below is to our local TV station that covered the fundraiser event. My sincerest thank to Chelsea Wilhite and my daughter Emily for their hard work in getting this done.
KOLO TV's segment from my Coffee and Grind fund raiser
The fundraising went great this weekend we raised around $1,000, was encouraged by many of our friends and supporters and also met some new and compasionate individules who gave to the effort.
Thank you all so very much.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
On a related note, by coincidence, today I am completing my income tax return, and to date I have raised "1040" of the $7,000. which reminds me Chris'ts Hope, the ministry, Ride For Hope CTC is raising funds for, is a 501(c)(3) charity and donations are tax deductible. If you have done or are completing your tax return, and find you could use a tax deductible charitable contribution for next year, a donation to Christs Hope is an excellent choice. Click this link to help me raise support for Christ's Hope Ride for Hope rider John Leeming