Clark Ludahl is biking across America, and he’s doing it to help bring attention to the continued need in Nepal following the earthquake and to raise money for ongoing support of the ongoing relief and recovery efforts there. His journey—which will clock in at just under two months—is in the understanding that the road to recovery in Nepal is also a long one.
“I am inspired to ride,” he says, “knowing that as I press hard against those pedals and climb those steep hills, it will be worth it in the end as the people of Nepal receive help in the name of Jesus.”
Clark will be keeping everyone in the loop through posts on the NCM blog. Read on for an account of days 17 through 22 of his journey.
After breaking camp on Day 17, I biked 12 miles to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and had a great breakfast at Bubba’s Restaurant. After breakfast I started toward the town of Dubois, Wyoming. I got to look at the beautiful Grand Teton Mountains as I biked for a good part of the day. On this day, I also passed over the Continental Divide at 9,584 feet above sea level.
On Day 18, I met some cyclists who are also riding across the U.S., except they’re going east to west.
Day 19, a Sunday, was a day of rest. My sister Lila has been traveling along with me by car, and the two of us went to church at Riverton Church of the Nazarene in Riverton, Wyoming. We experienced a Spirit-filled service and were greeted warmly by many of the church members. It was good to be in God’s house.
On Day 20, I biked from Riverton to Casper, Wyoming. I stopped at a convenience store in Hiland, Wyoming (population 10) and met two more cyclists who are biking across America from east to west. We talked about the Nepal earthquake response and I kept going. I encountered very strong about 20 miles outside Casper and had to battle my way through them. The message on the billboard near Casper (see photo) brought a smile to my face.
I biked 107 miles on Day 21 as I traveled from Casper to Lusk, Wyoming. On Day 22, I went another 94 miles. I ran into some strong headwinds and long, steep hills before making it to Hot Springs, South Dakota.
The Scripture verses that encouraged me and got me through were “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) and “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31).
To read more about Clark’s journey, read Part 1 and Part 2 of “Biking Across America for Nepal”: http://stories.ncm.org/biking-across-america-for-nepal/ and http://stories.ncm.org/biking-across-america-for-nepal-part-2/