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We are done! We did it! We dipped our front tires ceremonially in the Atlantic Ocean about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. It is not like we hadn’t seen the Atlantic yet…we saw the effects of ocean tide in the St Lawrence before Quebec City already. We followed the seashore from halfway down New Brunswick, and crossed ocean water into PEI and on the ferry out. And then on our last day we were teased with views of the ocean at least 20 km before we hit the beach…over and over again. We waited 9 km from the beach for everyone to arrive so we could end together and the final 3 km were done with a police escort. It was very emotional to see all the family and friends waving and cheering as we came in.
About three days into the ride, I was not sure we could do this. I knew we could do the biking – that had gone very well. I wondered if we could come up with a different word rhyming with Pa, Kra and Fah for each blog. But in the end my family came through and Pa and Kra biked fah to be greeted by Ma, Oma, Sarah, Hannah and Noah (last three are my nieces and grand-nephew). Seeing beloved family reminded me that a big piece of poverty is a lack of healthy relationships and that we are rich in that area. And we appreciate all the more that which we have after giving it up for a while. Read more
PEI, land of Anne and red soil and the confederation bridge. Canada 150 is big here. At the only island CRC, hospitality is huge. We were greeted with appetizers of mussels and oysters then treated to a feast and celebration as C2C comes to a close.
Two more rides, but the prep for completion began a week ago already, before our leg was half done, for those going coast to coast. There have been testimonies and thank-yous and plans outlined for our final landing at the Atlantic on Tuesday. It is great to be part of the last leg and feel both the joy and fatigue of the group. These are resilient riders for sure.
We also continue to hear about the work of World Renew and Partners International. Today in a conversation with the Partners rep, I learned about their work helping support sustainable agriculture and business – something they are already working at in Haiti. I was especially glad to hear that the funds raised by C2C go to new efforts and projects previously on the back burner.
We camped on the church lawn, worshipped and ate lunch with them, enjoyed a few rain showers since we are not on the bikes, and walked in beautiful touristic downtown Charlottetown.
We are in awe of this island province, our community of faith generously fighting poverty, people we have met along the way and come to love, testimonies of life changing experience, and the fact that words cannot convey the depth of this experience. Thank you again for your prayers and support as we participate in this transformative journey.
Sermon by Erick Schuringa, Nov. 12th, 2017 (download)