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Biking Across America for Nepal – Part 4

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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 23 through 37 of his journey. 

DAYS 23 – 37

Day 23 took me to Rapid City, South Dakota. The ride wasn’t especially rapid because it was raining hard (with thunder and lightning) for much of the journey, but I was able to pass by Mount Rushmore and a herd of bison. On Day 24, I biked to Wall, South Dakota, and was able to visit Badlands National Park and see some bighorn sheep in the tall grass.

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Day 25 took me 84 miles from Wall to Murdo, South Dakota. I met some cyclists today who are on their way to Seattle to join up with a group who will bike from there to New York to raise money for their cause. We talked about my ride for Nepal to help people who are still working to rebuild their lives after the earthquake there.

Day 26 landed on another Sunday. I attended an early service at a church in Murdo and then biked 71 miles to Chamberlain, South Dakota.

I biked 67 miles on Day 27 to Mitchell, South Dakota. I toured the famous Corn Palace there, and of course I had to sample some of their also-famous popcorn.

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On Day 28, I made it to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The ride had some exciting moments with lightning striking around me and rain coming down hard.  At one point I took shelter under the front porch roof of a farmhouse.

I said goodbye to South Dakota and hello to Iowa on Day 29. The cornfields in Iowa go on for as far as the eye can see. I biked about 92 miles to Spirit Lake, Iowa. I passed by numerous wind turbines as I traveled along Iowa Hwy 9. The turbines were turning rapidly in a strong east wind—which I was heading into! The ride took a little longer than expected.

On Day 30, I went 86 miles to Lake Mills, Iowa. They were getting ready for a Fourth of July celebration.

I passed out of Iowa and into Minnesota on Day 31. I biked about 79 miles today from to Stewartville, Minnesota, where I would stay at my brother in law’s home for the July 4 weekend. My wife arrived by way of Delta Airlines and will be spending the next five days with me.

Days 32, 33, 34, & 35 were spent resting and spending time with my wife before she flew home and I got back on the bike to continue the journey eastward.

I biked 92 miles to La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Day 36. One of the highlights of the day was getting to ride the Root River State Trail that runs from Fountain, Minnesota, to Houston, Minnesota.  Another highlight was meeting a cyclist named Ross, who biked the last few miles into La Crosse with me. (He’s pictured in the photo below.)

On Day 37, I biked about 100 miles from La Crosse to Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Most of the day’s cycling was done on old railroad tracks that have been converted into bike trails. The Elroy Sparta Trail has three old railroad tunnels ranging from a quarter to three-quarters of a mile in length. The dark tunnels reminded me that we are the light of the world.

You can learn more or support Clark’s ride here: ncm.org/BikingforNepal. To learn more about the church’s work in Nepal: ncm.org/nepal.

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