Blog entries tagged Biking


1. That Dumb Thing I Did

January 12, 2019

Here’s the audio of my conversation with Chris Fabry on Moody Radio about how I managed to wreck my left ankle in a bike accident. We laughed a lot and together recounted the goodness of the Lord. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.  

2. Lessons from My Bike Accident

January 9, 2019

On January 2, 2019 I had an accident on the bike trail that wrecked my left ankle, put me in the hospital, sent me to surgery, and left me home bound for a few weeks. In this 23-minute podcast called Lessons From My Bike Accident, I talk about how it happened (It was dumb to ride […]

3. A Year in Bike Riding

December 31, 2013

This year I rode 1431 miles on my bike.

4. 1625

December 31, 2011

A few minutes ago I finished my final bike ride of 2011.My total for the year comes to 1625 miles, pushing my all-time miles ridden to 28449. Today I rode my usual route on the county road from Bissell Baptist Church over to the Natchez Trace. For the last two years they’ve been working on the extension that will bring Highway 6 all the way i...

5. My New Bike Arrived Yesterday

July 8, 2011

Several times this week I was asked if I still ride my bicycle. It’s a fair question because I don’t write about it as much as I used to. But it’s also a timely question since I’ve been mostly off my bike for the last month.In the spring of 2005 I bought a Specialized Sequoia Elite from a big bike shop in downtown Chicago. I...

6. 1559

December 31, 2009

That’s how many miles I’ve ridden on my bike this year. A little while ago I made my final ride, an 11-mile trip to the Natchez Trace and back again. I suppose nearly all my rides this year have been along that route, mostly because the roads are mostly free from traffic. I run into a little bit on Chesterville Road, but when I turn lef...

7. Friday Night Musings

September 18, 2009

**I’m writing this note from our hotel room in Birmingham, Alabama. We drove over from Tupelo this afternoon so we could have dinner with Nick and Elizabeth. Tomorrow we plan to visit the Alabama State Fair in nearby Pelham–if it ever stops raining. It seems like we’ve had rain for two weeks, and the current forecast calls for mor...

8. Still Believing

September 9, 2009

Last Sunday I received a note from Alice McQuitty in which she gave a quick update on how Andy’s treatments for colon cancer are progressing. I have written about Andy here and here. We have known Andy and Alice for 26 years and count them as dear friends. I wrote Andy a note saying that we were going to “dig in” and pray for him ...

9. Around the World With Five Miles to Spare

February 4, 2009

Today I reached a milestone that took me about twelve years to reach. While I was riding my bike along Bissell Road on the way to the Natchez Trace, I realized that by the time I got back home, I would have ridden all the way around the world. If you figure the circumference of the world at 24,000 miles, then I entered this year needing 91 miles to...

10. 1071

December 31, 2008

That’s the number of miles I’ve ridden my bike this year. For some reason or other, a few years ago I started reporting on my bike rides. Back then I would detail the route I rode each day through Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park, a meandering route that went 11.1 miles and usually took me 45-52 minutes to complete. I probably did...

11. If You Lose Your Cool, You Can’t Win

September 13, 2008

Several times this week I started to write something about the presidential race, but I haven’t been able to do it properly, mostly because I find myself getting irritated by the comments I read on the Internet and the statements made by certain members of the media. To be honest, more than once this week I’ve found myself getting angry...

12. 777 Miles

September 12, 2008

This is hardly earthshaking news, but yesterday when I finished my bike ride, I noticed that the odometer read exactly 777 miles. That’s how far I’ve ridden this year.…

13. Doubledecker Bike Ride

April 26, 2008

At the moment (7:13 AM) I am in Andy and Betty’s condo in Oxford, Mississippi. Marlene and I drove over yesterday for the Double Decker Arts Festival, an all-day event that starts at 9 AM. That’s also the start time for the Double Decker Spring Ride sponsored by the Oxford Cycling Club. Alan, BJ and I are joinin ...

14. Bike Riding Update

January 2, 2008

Here is the latest update on my bike riding. Last year I rode 1038 miles, down considerably from the 1800 miles I rode in 2006. My overall total miles ridden now stands at 22,838. About nine years ago I started bike riding again for the first time since I was in grade school. Six years ago Skip Olson challenged me to ride a ...

15. My New Biking Jersey

December 17, 2007

Several months ago I received a nice note from my good friend Brian Choate. He and his wife Melodi relocated from Chicago to Las Vegas. Brian does a lot of street evangelism on the Strip, talking to anyone who will listen. When he learned that I like to ride my bike, he offered to send me a biking jersey from the Internatio ...

16. Biking Update

August 17, 2007

This week I’ve been riding my bike in 100+ degree weather. Yesterday I went 12 miles in 105 degree heat. Today I rode 16 miles at around 102 degrees. When it’s that hot (and very humid), you have keep yourself hydrated and not push too hard. I discovered a brand-new route that starts at our home on Valley Vista, ...

17. Saturday, December 25, 2004

December 25, 2004

12:30 PM Johnny Oates wanted to spend Christmas with Jesus. Yesterday he got his wish. 6:58 AM 3375 miles. Near the end of my ride yesterday, I passed by the Vineyard Church on Jackson Street in Oak Park. For the last several days I’ve been watching something being built on the lawn in front of the church. First there was a...

18. Sunday, August 17, 2003

August 17, 2003

5:27 PM Here’s the Legacy Campaign prayer request for today: “Praise God that nothing is impossible with him (Luke 1:37).” Yesterday AM I met with a group of leaders for The Legacy Campaign. We toured the building, discussed the project in depth, and then gave the leaders a chance to make advance commitments to the camp...

19. Friday, August 8, 2003

August 8, 2003

5:29 PM This will be my last entry from Gull Lake. Just came back from a 28-mile bike ride that wasn’t supposed to be that long. For the second day in a row, I got lost on the country roads around the lake and both days I ended up going far out of my way—yesterday many miles east and today many miles south and west&md...

20. Saturday, August 2, 2003

August 2, 2003

11:15 PM Writing this from my room at Gull Lake Bible Conference in Hickory Corners, Michigan—about halfway between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek (home of Kellogg’s cereal). Got stuck on the Skyway for over an hour. Otherwise a nice and easy trip. The confernece is nestled on the eastern edge of the lake—a truly be...

21. Wednesday, July 9, 2003

July 9, 2003

11:53 PM Earlier this evening Marlene and I went to Cucina Paradiso, a very fine Italian restaurant at 814 North Blvd. in Oak Park. It’s a friendly, bright and airy restaurant, and although this was our first visit, I’m sure it won’t be the last. Recommended: the fried green tomatoes for an appetizer, the bread pudding (a massive …

22. Monday, June 30, 2003

June 30, 2003

1:27 PM Had lunch today with Roy Patterson and Bruce Everhart of WMBI. They came to Oak Park and we had a fine time walking down Lake Street and talking together about Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway and how Calvary has made the commitment not to relocate but to stay in the village where we have had a ministry presence for 88 years. 1:22 PM…

23. Wednesday, June 25, 2003

June 25, 2003

Only 4 more days till Groundbreaking Sunday! 5:16 PM Just finished a 44-mile bike ride along the I&M Canal from Joliet to Morris and back again. Yesterday I rode 36 miles along the surface streets from Joliet to Romeoville and back. Along the way, I passed the enormous Statesville Prison—an imposing structure. I praye...

24. Tuesday, June 24, 2003

June 24, 2003

Only 5 more days till Groundbreaking Sunday! VBS got off to a great start yesterday ... It was good to see Rich and Carol Bonham, missionaries in Germany serving with Greater Europe Mission in church on Sunday. They are also helping out at VBS this week. The cover story for Time Magazine pictures a hand holding a glowi...

25. Monday, June 23, 2003

June 23, 2003

Only 6 more days till Groundbreaking Sunday! I am writing this update from a motel in Joliet, Illinois, about 35 miles south of Chicago. This is Day 1 of a four-day writing retreat. I’m here working on a book project for Moody Publishers. To be more precise, they have asked me to turn the “Prayers of Paul” series into a small boo…

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