It has been on my heart for many years to go on a cross country trip with my bicycle. Even though there is a aspect of this adventure that satisfies a burning, bucket list challenge; the Cycling for Recovery Ride is much more significant than seeking to check off something off a lifetime accomplishment list.
The Cycling for Recovery Ride is a personal mission. It is an extension of my 100Pedals ministry. It personifies my passionate commitment to the issue of addiction in families and in our society.
The mission of the Cycling for Recovery Ride is clear:
Bring healing to families suffering from the addiction of a loved while moving the addiction conversation out into the open.
In my journey as a parent with a son battling his heroin addiction, I have experienced what many parents in a similar situation have dealt with – deception, overdoses, legal troubles, jail, plus numerous cycles of recovery and relapse. In my quest to save my son, my health suffered, my business nearly fell apart, and my relationships with others deteriorated.
Were it not for my commitment to ride my bike for an hour a day for one hundred consecutive days and for the formation of a wonderful, transformational relationship with God, who knows where I would be? I am pretty confident I would not be sharing the story of 100Pedals or the Empowerment Ride.
There is no better way to share my story of love and hope, while building a community than a mission trip. Since the a bike was so significant a vehicle in my transformation, there is nothing more logical than a cycling mission trip.
The journey begins Sunday, July 31, 2016 when I depart Santa Monica, CA for a 9-Week 3600 Mile Cross Country Cycling Trip ending in New York City on Sunday, October 2, 2016.
To learn more about the Cycling for Recovery Ride click here.