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 38 through 49 of his journey.
On Day 38, I covered 82 miles, mostly on rural roads from Wisconsin Dells to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. I met a father and daughter out for a ride on their horses, and I also passed by some beautiful Amish farms complete with horse drawn carriages.
I biked 65 miles to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on Day 39. I met another cyclist named Kurt, who graciously invited me to stay the night at his home. It was a gift to sleep in my sleeping bag on his sofa last night. It has been a blessing to see how God has provided just what I needed at just the right moments all along this journey across America.
On Day 40, I said goodbye to my new friend and traveled 63 miles by ferry across Lake Michigan to Ludington, Michigan, and then biked 35 miles to Baldwin, Michigan.
I biked more than 100 miles on Day 41 to Midland, Michigan. I got a late start because of heavy rain and lightning. I continue to meet people along the way who are excited to hear about the Biking for Nepal project.
On Day 41, I biked 75 miles to Lapeer, Michigan. In the town of Richiville, I saw a billboard with just the right message for today.
Except for strong head winds at times, the weather was great for cycling on Day 42. I biked 69 miles from to Algonac State Park near Marine City, Michigan. The only exciting thing that happened today was being chased by a group of 50 or so dogs. Fortunately, there was a wire fence between us
On Day 44, my trip across America took a detour into Canada. I biked 101 miles to London, Ontario, Canada.
I biked 79 miles on Day 45 to Hamilton, Ontario. It rained a lot, and many of the roads were wet and muddy. I had to hose off both the bike and trailer before I could bring them into my hotel room for the night.
On Day 46, I biked about 54 miles from to Niagara Falls, New York. It was a thrill to lay eyes on Niagara Falls for the first time. My wife, Kayla, came to join me for the last leg of Biking Across America for Nepal, so Days 47 and 48 will be filled rest and being a tourist in the Niagara Falls area.
After a couple of days of rest, I biked 85 miles to Rochester, New York, on Day 49. Most of the day was spent biking along the Erie Canal Trail.
There are about 450 miles left in the journey to the final destination of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
As I ride, I am reminded of the journey toward recovery our brothers and sisters n Nepal are still facing.
“What a God! His road stretches straight and smooth. Every God-direction is road-tested. Everyone who runs toward him makes it.” – Psalm 18:30 (The Message)
To learn more about the church’s work in Nepal, check out the latest NCM Magazine: ncm.org/magazine.