Mercy Riders

Pushing pedals, pushing hope

Adding writing to the cycle

It’s been a string of days when I know that riding for a purpose – Mercy Housing – becomes the overriding motivation for continuing our journey.

Our recent riding days more or less fit this schedule: 1) Wake up about 5-5:30; 2) dress for the day (shorts, jersey, socks, butt butter); 3) breakdown tent and get set for loading; 4) eat everything that our support team (Michelle and Barb, and now Barb’s sister Sue) has made for breakfast – oatmeal is a staple; 5) air tires, fill water bottles, grab road snacks; 6) depart between 7 and 8 a.m. (early as possible when the temperature is forecast for 100+); 7) ride for two or three hours before first stop to refuel either in a town (not many towns through Nevada and Utah) or our sag wagon driver; 8) keep drinking an average of 9-12 water bottles; 9) stop for lunch between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., depending on town or sag wagon stopping point; 10) ride all afternoon, stopping two-three more times to fill bottles with water or sports drink and pick up fruit/PBJ’s or meat sandwiches, fruit, etc.; 11) arrive at campground, usually after 7:30 p.m.; 12) shower or sponge bath, depending on campground/hotel facilities ; 13) between 8-9:30 p.m. devour whatever lovely pasta/meat-based meal the support team has concocted; 14) prep next day’s ride necessities; 15) go to bed between 10 p.m. and midnight. Start next cycle. Tonight I’m staying up late just to write – morning will be early…

Bryce CanyonOf course, some days are better/worse than others depending on the temperature, the number of miles to cover, any mishaps (today I had another flat tire — four total now — and two riders’ derailleurs failed), and how much altitude we climb. Also, some days riders stop to take more pictures or deal with “outback” necessities… And I can’t neglect our lovely day off exploring Bryce Canyon on June 27. Pictures don’t do justice!


Tomorrow will be much nicer temperature-wise, so we should have a a relatively nice ride to Ridgeway, Colorado from our spot her at Delores. Hat tip to Nicolas at Lizardhead Bicycles of Delores for bike technical aid and to the Delores River Campground and Billy who set us up there.