Today we are at Junipers Reservoir Campground, just outside Lakeview, for the day. Probably the nicest camping place we have stayed at. Super showers, a covered area to sit and read, nice grassy area for the tents, free coffee, deer wandering around on the lawn, and very gracious camp hosts. Tomorrow morning we will turn and head north on our Around Oregon bicycle trip up Highway 395. It is about 160 miles to Burns and there are no camp sights approximately halfway so we have identified an old road from Google Earth with nothing on it and we are going to go up that a few hundred yards and spend the night there. We won't have electricity, cell service, water, or bathrooms but I think we can make it work for one night. We will ride for 3 days starting in the morning, each of them in excess of 80 miles, and then we are going to camp in Prairie City at the Baptist Church for 3 days until the Eclipse craziness clears up, then up to Ukiah, then we head West over to Heppner, then Condon, and Tye Valley, Culver, Mehama, and home!!
My muscles are getting stronger every day and as a result I am enjoying the bicycling more because of less pain. During this trip, especially on rest days like today, I have planned out every day in detail from September 1st until the end of April, and it is very full with lots of teaching time at JBC, I will be traveling and speaking a lot, and I will be writing a lot. When I have things planned out very well and in detail it gives me a great sense of energy, excitement and confidence in what I will accomplish, which is so much better than feeling tenuous, apathetic, and confused. One of my key memory verses is Psalms 37:3-5 and verse 5 says,"commit your plans to the Lord, trust in Him and He will make it happen", so I am careful to present my completed calendar to Him and say "I believe this is Your will for my life for the next 8 months, I present it now to You as my offering to You, if You would like to change anything in it or all of it I will enthusiastically adjust, but in the meantime I will move ahead full speed in faith. Please grant me Your strength to accomplish all that is in my plans and to bear much fruit for Your glory".