It was a perfect send off at about 7:15 am from Veldheer's Tulip Gardens. To encourage the cyclists this morning were friends and prayer supporters who traveled from as far as Fort Wayne, Kalamazoo, Holland and beyond. The kids were delighted and stunned with the turn-out of friends and co-workers who came to bid them safe travels on the near 400 mile trek to Mackinac City.
After they lined up their bicycles and made final pit stops, Pastors Lance and Dave "Kujo" Central Wesleyan Church, shared scripture and prayed for the teenagers. Several men of CWC gathered in to encourage and pray for the group. They were pumped and ready to go. I believe the last words of instruction given to the cyclists from one of the moms was, "Please walk your bikes across the busy highway." As the crowd of onlookers slowed traffic, they did just that "walk their bikes" and then with a show of arms stretched into the air that they were across safely across, they headed on their way.
They are posting their blog and anticipating your comments. If you have trouble logging in or posting comments below this post, fire them an email: email@example.com or post on their Facebooks. See Monday's Grand Rapids Press, Region section and Tuesday's Holland Sentinel for story coverage. From all the teenagers, "stay tuned to our journey! And, thanks for the encouragement."