Thursday, July 23, 2009

Our routines...okay, my routine...

I've had a few people ask if we have any routines while on the road. While I'd like to share with the WHOLE world and our church, Sue's road routine, I think it'd be wise for me NOT to do so :-). So you'll have to settle for my routine(s), some of which do include Sue. Here you go...
  • 4 to 4:30 a.m.: Get up and get ready to leave for a local fitness center

  • 4:30 to 5:00 a.m.: Leave for the fitness center, most have been within 3 to 5 miles from the places we've stayed

  • 5:00 - 5:30 a.m.: Talk my way into the fitness center as a guest, just about every center has allowed me to work out for free, waving the guest fee, which is more than likely due to my charm and stunning looks (no comments, please)

  • 5:30 - 7:30 a.m.: About 1 hour for weights and 30 minutes for cardio, thank's Aaron for the work outs while on the road

  • 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.: Go back to the house where we're staying, pack up my ONE bag and pick up my lovely bride.

  • 8:00 - 9/9:30 a.m.: Find a free Wi-Fi location, often, it's been Panera Bread Company. It's here we'll write the blog, download pics off of our camera, do receipts, look at the day's ride, check email, facebook, txt kids, etc...

  • 9/9:30 a.m.: We're off for the day...and we while we begin the ride for the day, we pray. That's right, we pray, Sue prays and then I pray for the day, while riding (NO, I don't close my eyes) we pray for our kids, for our church, The Crossing, for the people we'll stay with that day and for those whose home we just left. We, also, pray for the staff of The Crossing and Mariners Christian School, where Sue works.

We take breaks generally every 80 to 100 miles. Often when we stop, it's for gas (and a chocolate chip cookie), it's important never to "pass gas," which probably isn't that big a deal with a 6 gallon tank on the Harley Ultra, but we don't want to get caught short in that department

  • 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.: We'll usually stop for a later lunch. We look for local spots, places we've heard about, someone's recommended or like yesterday at Real Chili, it's a place we used to frequent. We always split a meal, it saves on the budget and on the waistline...mine, NOT Sue's.
  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.: We try to arrive where we're staying no later than 7 p.m., trying to shoot more for 6 p.m.
This has allowed us time to spend talking and catching up with people, some we've not seen for many years or in other cases, we've gotten to know some folks, we're meeting for the first time. As we've said all along the way, the rides have been exhilirating (most of the time), but it's the people we're spending time with that have MADE the trip.
  • 10:00 - 11:30 p.m.: I/we get in bed and to start the entire routine over the next day.
We've NEVER done anything like this before, so we've been learning as we're going...but it's been fun to learn. I've made some bonehead moves along the way, sometimes it's the only way to learn. I've, also, learned a lot from people who gave me advice before the trip and stuff we've learned from others along the way.

Thanks for reading,


P.S. Staff highlight today is our Creative Arts Pastor, Lehua Coley. Lehua brings talent, creativity and leadership to our team. Serving Hero, Steve Baugh has been volunteering in our administrative department for 9 years - WOW!! He is a man of faithfulness & integrity and we are thankful for all he does. Steve & Gina Stary share how their lives have been impacted by their teaching roles in Discovery Classes. These are all amazing people and you will want to read about them before signing off.