When we first started this camp out here, a couple of my staff found out there was a famous race that happened every memorial day weekend. One of them came to me and said, "You know, this race is in the bicycle magazines as an 'Epic' race. We should do it."
At the time I hadn't ridden more than 20 miles at a time, and thought it might be a good idea to challenge myself.
So, we took off on the Saturday before memorial day, and rode the classic race from Durango to Silverton.
It ended up being the longest 4 hours of suffering of my life, and I loved every second.
We didn't actually race it. We entered in what they call the citizens tour, which is a kind way of saying, "All you people who don't have the lung capacity to make it 55 miles uphill, just take it easy and enjoy the scenery."
So for the last 9 years, we take this Saturday off to allow the staff to join the 2000 other riders along the road to climb up over two 10,000 ft. passes in Colorado, and take in some of the most breathtaking views.
And for those who choose not to ride, they just go to the end of the race and cheer on EVERY SINGLE rider that passes the finish line. It's quite a festival, and another way that we can encourage the community.
"Who are these guys?" Some ask.
"It felt so good to ride into a line of people that truly cheered for me." I've heard others say.
And that's what it's all about.
A day of fun.
A day to enjoy the community.
A day to be a part of something outside the gates.
And, Ultimately, it's another memory made as we continue developing a team of people who learn to care about more than themselves.
So today, we're on the route.
And lots of fun had by all.
Thanks for your continued prayers for the summer. This staff is already measuring up to be some of the best we've ever had. And, if you're coming out to join us this year, get ready for the ride of your life. These folks care about, not only making a difference at camp, but reaching out to influence the next generation of world changers.
I'm so thankful for the people God allows me to hang with.
What a blessing.