Light the Fire - Rev. McCarty’s Ride

Blog post 1: Linda is taking to the road!Blog post 3: Devotional in Patzún: First Coke Team 2007Blog post 4: Linda and Laurie in Mackinaw City with their Faith In Practice t-shirts on!Blog post 4: An overview of Linda's 500-mile bike ride Blog post 5: Stan and Laurie taking care of every detail.Blog post 5: Laurie and Linda on the 37-mile route from Mackinaw City, MI to Magnus Park in Petoskey, MI.Blog post 7: The Guatemalan Flag in camp Blog post 7: Stan helping Linda with her gearing up the hills.Blog post 7: Lola Coke, her daughter Sarah, and her granddaughters Charlotte and IsabelBlog post 7: Laurie and her “SAG” bucketBlog post 7: Ed Coke with his harvest. The Cokes hosted Linda, Laurie, and Stan as they drove ‘Up North’ to start the ride.Blog post 8: Linda doing yoga on the picnic table. Blog post 8: The Guatemalan Flag in the wind.Linda at the end of an arduous day. Blog post 9: Linda stopped at a charming 'honor system' shop on the roadside. Blog post 9: Laurie and Linda at a SAG stopBlog post 9: Linda and Laurie bought fresh lavender, pumpkins, and lavender cookies. Blog post 9: Sunset over Lake Michigan Blog post 10: Horizon on Linda's beloved Lake MichiganSAG van packed to the gills! Blog post 11: Linda with our Guatemalan volunteersLinda blogging Blog post 11: Linda after she completed her ride at the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University.Blog post 11: Zimmer Biomet’s Adam Griner and his wife Stacy supported the last day of the ride and Zimmer Biomet employees Colin Lasko, Kaitlyn Lasko and Jen Molinda rode the last 50 miles with Linda.
September 29, 2020 Our God of Resurrection. On Sunday afternoon, I rode up to the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University. My odometer read 514.5 miles. And, yes, there were tears. And gratitude. So much gratitude. Gratitude to God and to this mission that has challenged, blessed... Read More
September 26, 2020 Endings and Beginnings. This is the Eve of the last day of the Light the Fire ride and I am at Warren Dunes State Park. Under the shelter of a thick forest of towering trees, it is difficult to know whether it is the waves of Lake Michigan that soothe or the rippling of... Read More
September 25, 2020 Of God. Dominga took the microphone. From Petén, one of the most remote and poorest parts of Guatemala, Dominga is famous for her songs, and each year she writes an original for our Guatemalan leadership conference. As is the case every year, we were concluding the... Read More
September 24, 2020 Richness in Relief. As we continue to travel South, the skies remain clear, the sun shines, and the days grow warmer. We have shed our down coats and fleeces and woolly hats. We are no longer huddled around the fire, rather we are gathering around it to toast s’mores. My... Read More
September 23, 2020 Like Coming Home. The mirror image of color-speckled trees reflected on the lake in perfect stillness this morning. A perfect fall day, this is day six of the Light the Fire ride. An easy day, only 40 miles with little wind which took me along a bike path under an archway of... Read More
September 22, 2020 Lavender and Acorns. All the difference a day makes. Awaking to 3 mph winds which topped out at 10 mph by the end of the day and pedaling away from the towering sand dunes which melted into rolling farm hills and forests, the 56 miles flew by. At one SAG stop, Laurie was... Read More