BLAINE TO CUSTER
Day 1 is over, and it really went great! The weather was absolutely glorious – it was in the mid to high 40’s, and I was able to walk with just a tee shirt and zip-up fleece hoodie, but my hands were a little cold when I didn’t have them in my pockets.
I got a nice surprise last night when Joanne & Ken said they’d like to support me today. They had originally talked about doing it later in the week, but they wanted to be there for me today as well. Joanne walked with me and Ken drove their car ahead, then parked & waited for us to catch up. It was nice, ’cause we didn’t have to carry anything – and it was such a bonus at the end of the day to be carted back by car rather than riding my bike!
But let me back up a bit… it all started in Peace Arch Park, which straddles the International Border. It’s a beautiful place where people from both countries can mingle without doing an official border crossing (just don’t try to leave on the opposite side you entered). The arch itself is a testament to the long-standing friendship between our 2 countries, with the inscription “May these gates never be closed.”
A lot of prayer went into this day, and you all have my gratitude! Please don’t stop, because tomorrow will most likely be a test of my mettle – rainy, windy, and in the mid 40’s (with a ‘real-feel’ about 10 degrees lower). However, my angel Joanne has decided to join me again for vehicle support – “YAY!”
Joanne wrote out one of her favorite scriptures for me today, so I’ll end with it: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” ~ Isaiah 52:7