Frank Mierau

Bike ride raises money for Bibles in other countries

Biking through northern BC was hard work, but well worth the effort.

I have been Biking for Bibles for the last 12 years now. This ride raises money for the Canadian Bible Society to buy Bibles and for translations for those who do  not yet have either the Bible in complete form, OT and NT, or do not yet have it in their heart language.

This year we were raising money for the complete Bible for several native tribes in Tanzania. They have the New Testament, but they would like the complete Bible with both Testaments.

This year there were 33 riders. We pay $250 for transportation, food, etc., and try to raise $1,000 each in donations. We stay in Churches and their halls or whatever facilities are available. We are also fed by the Church we stay at. The food is always fabulous with a large variety of food and desserts.

Our ride started this year up north in Chetwynd. We were up at 6:30 am, had breakfast and headed down Hwy 29 for Hudson’s Hope, a 75 km day through the Rocky Mountain foothills. Very hilly. Then from Hudson’s Hope to Fort St. John, 91 km. And, from Fort St. John to Fairview, Alberta. We were up at 4:15 am because we had a long day ahead of us.

Now this was my marathon – 198 km. The road finally levelled off after 80 km, but we had a head wind as soon as we reached the flats. Not nice. We were all very tired after that ride.

We could not ride the next day as it was we had a thunder storm. So we loaded our bikes onto the trailer and drove to Dawson Creek. From Dawson Creek, we rode to Tumbler Ridge, 118 km. This was also a very tiring day as we encountered strong headwinds and lots of steep hills. No wonder they are building wind turbines in that area!

We headed back to Chetwynd from Tumbler Ridge, 109 km. This day was better for travelling and the wind was not so strong. At times we even had a tail wind. Our Church was 9 km past Chetwynd and it seemed like there was no end to this trip.

Well, in all of this, we had no crashes and we were all in good health to the very end. There were lots of hugs and high fives after these hard days, but who ever said that it was easy doing work for the Lord?

All in all, it was a great ride, and good fellowship with a bunch of Christian cyclists who were always looking out for each other.

Frank Mierau

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