Saturday, May 30, 2009

Fat Boys Katy Trail Ride begins...

After worship Sunday morning Brian, Tomi, Bob, and I will be dropped off at the Green Ridge trail head for Katy to begin what has been officially dubbed "The Fat Boys Katy Trail Ride".

For the record, I resent the unflattering name of our journey, but acknowledge I'm no Lance Armstrong in the physique department (or any other). I would like it to be known that I am definitely the lightest of our foursome, but I guess that only proves the name of the ride. Oh well.

We're riding 177 miles, from Green Ridge, Missouri to St. Charles, Missouri.

Here's our plan:

Sunday afternoon- 36 miles to Pilot Grove
Monday- 50 miles to Hartsburg
Tuesday- 65 miles to Augusta
Wednesday- 26 miles to St. Charles

The trail is crushed limestone (as you can see above), an old train track bed, so it's not going to be fast road-type riding. We're taking mountain bikes or hybrids. There are lots of neat sights along the way so we'll be in no particular rush except to get to our destination each night where we will be staying at various local B&B's and a friends house one night. On Wednesday I'll get picked up by some church guys heading up to Cincinnati to help a friend move back to KC. The other bike riders will take the train back to KC on Thursday.

I'll blog along the way if I can figure out how to do so with my Blackberry. Wish us "fat boys" well!!


Brother Titus said...

When I first looked at this blog, I was shocked at how secular it is for a Christian pastor. But, the more I look it over, the more I think it's interesting and unconventional (I wouldn't even mention, as my favorites, some of the favorite movies you mention.). Am I losing my salvation? So, Pastor, instead of growing a soul patch like some of the Christian greats, how about starting to grow out a "John Calvin" beard and mustache while on your trail ride? You might start a new trend with the guys in your church. Be safe on your ride.

Rick Calohan said...

Prayer of Bike Blessing

"May God in Heaven fulfill abundantly the prayers which are pronounced over you and your bikes on this occasion of the Blessing of the Bikes. May God bless your going out and coming in; May the Lord be with you at home and on the road. May He accompany you when you start on your many journeys: May He fill your lives abundantly with many blessings; May He keep all your rides safe. May His mercy, grace and love shine upon your every path.

In Christ Name, Amen"

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve
those who travel [in particular Brian, Tomi, Bob, and Tony;] surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey's end; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Godspeed, "fat boys"

Zach said...

Happy riding, Tony!

Reepicheep said...

"secular"? Oh man. I'm definitely not that...

"Unconventional"? I like that.

No Brother Titus, you're not losing your salvation!!

Hmmmmm...the Calvin beard. That would be sweet. Not sure the Mrs. would think it's sweet however.

Thanks for the well wishes guys...

MSC said...

May the Lord bless you and keep you, "Fat Boys!" I will be praying for endurance, enjoyment, and no hemorrhoids!

Reepicheep said...

You think of everything thoughtful you are. Thanks!

Frontier Forest said...

What an exciting journey awaits all of you! I know you all will be prepared and seize every opportunity to give the reason for the hope that is within you!