Wow! It’s been nearly a month since the Ride for Refuge in Red Deer. I’ve hardly had time to update my site (you may have noticed), let alone reflect.  I wish I could be back on the road.  It was my first experience on a road bike, and I hope it won’t be the last.

There’s a something amazing about the solitude of riding on the shoulder of a highway, the mind clearing, quieting, with each downward motion of the pedal.  It created space to reflect or not think, to pray, to absorb the weight of things.

It was a humbling experience to see so many people out in support of the play, to ride on behalf of the oppressed, to do something beyond themselves.  I was consciously grateful for the community that gathered, though I was unable to spend much time in person with each.

About one hundred riders from Alberta hit the road on October 5 at Gull Lake  braving the cool weather to ride 70 km on road bikes. Other gracious souls took on a 20 km challenge.  Combined with our Calgary ride, we raised over $30K, surpassing our goal.  We are one pedal further toward our ambitious goal to bring the play to thousands more people across Canada.

Here are some photos from the day. You may recognize some of them (they were featured in the Red Deer Advocate for a full page weekend cover). I hope to upload more as I acquire them.

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Pick and Pack

Hans Doef, Ride Organizer Extraordinaire

Matt and Ash

The start line

Smiling after finishing the ride

Nick gearing up

Hans directing another set of riders at the start line

Chris celebrating a 70 km finish

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