Today we are in West Yellowstone in a cabin at a KOA campground and it is pouring rain so we are sticking around here today and heading out tomorrow for Ennis, Montana. I am reading mostly, doing some writing, sending out emails, and I am going to work on the trailer if there is a break in the rain. I looked at the weather report for each town on the date we will be there through the end of the trip and it looks like tomorrow will be our last rain day, here’s hoping!
I am not going to ride the last four days of our trip. The afternoon that we arrive in Baker City, Oregon I am going to get picked up by one of the guys that is camped in Huntington, on the Snake river catfish fishing, and I am going to camp there with them for a week of fishing. So that means that the 22nd of June is my last day riding. That also means that I have ten days of bicycle riding left. So far on the 46 days of our trek I have not ridden for eight days, either we were taking a day off because of rain or I rode in the pickup because of bicycle problems or I was taking a rest day. That means that I will end the trip with 48 days of riding with an average day being 70 miles which calculates out to 3,360 miles of bicycle riding.
I now I have lost 15 pounds of weight and I am going to work hard at losing 5 more pounds before the end of the trip making a total of 20 lbs. That is only half of what my goal was, but I am always so hungry when we get into camp that I eat like a horse or a pig. But 20 lbs is 20 lbs and I am going to work very hard to exercise great self-control and lose 20 more in the next couple of months. I feel so much better when I keep my weight down under 200 lbs, though it has been so long since I have been under 200 lbs I can’t hardly remember how I felt! Do you ever get disgusted with yourself for not doing what you want to do, or doing what you don’t want to do? I experience that feeling often! I repent mentally afterwards, make goals, establish strategies, and mess up again! Sometimes it seems like two steps forward and then three steps back, or four or five! I am looking forward to the day I get my new, glorified body that won’t have a sin nature, wow! In the mean time I will run the race with endurance, pressing on to maturity, asking Jesus everyday to forgive me and asking for His strength. Living life is like being on a bicycle trip, just keep pedaling.