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Now that I ride to work, where else can I ride?

This is the final post in the Quick Tips for Bike Commuting. So far in the series I have covered what kind of bike you need for bike commuting, steps for safely getting to and from work, what kind of facilities do you have at work, and how do you get your stuff to work. The question is now where else can I ride? There are many people who start bike commuting and realize how much they enjoy traveling by bike, that they set out on an adventure.

Rethink your daily transportation options, beyond commuting to work. I currently have 3 bikes and am always talking to my wife about the benefit of this one or that one. I also have three cars and am finally at the point that I am thinking about getting rid of one of them. It has sat in the driveway and not been driven much if at all for better part of a year or more. My wife has even said that the commuter bike should be my third car – meaning that I have put more miles on it this past year than I did the car. She would rather see us put more money into the commuter bike than into that car! I have enjoyed reading the blog Car Free Days from start to finish and they talked about how they started going car free certain days of the week and eventually car free. They have gone from 4 cars to none. Their entire family has ridden the Pacific Crest Bike tour.

Bike touring would be a dream of mine. I think it would be a great adventure. The website Bike Overnights– Don’t wait to go Cross Country. Bike Overnights encourages people to take advantage of shorter trips and to take overnight trips near home. On the website people post about the different overnight adventures as inspiration. One aspect of the site that I really like is the first overnight page. It covers many of the basics for traveling by bike. The resources includes a great collection of information like packing lists and links to active forums to ask questions of other people who travel by bike.

Just one example of some of the amazing photography on the Give a Bike blog.

Just one example of some of the amazing photography on the Give a Bike blog.

One of my goals for 2014 is to do some bike touring this year. I think I might attempt do ride Skyline drive with my father acting as a shuttle for the trip. I would also like to attempt to tour along either the New River Trail Park or maybe the Great Allegheny Passage  (Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD).

Once you have conquered a bike tour, the sky’s the limit! What about cross country travel? Many times people undertake an adventure such as this to raise money for a charity or multiple charities. I would want to encourage you to take the time to read the Give a Bike blog It is about a couple who traveled through all 50 states. The photography through out the blog will certainly inspire you and the writing will most definitely have you laughing and cheering them on.

Where will your bike take you?

 

This is the final part of my Quick Tips for Bike Commuting series. You can find the table of contents post here.

New Year Resolutions

2014 graphicThis time of year everyone is seems to make resolutions! They hope to lose weight, get organized, pay off debt, or some other goal. I heard on the radio that most people stick with their new goal for only a week before they start to backslide and eventually give up. I hope to challenge you, my readers, and myself with this first post. I found this quote online and I believe it is fitting for our discussion today.

Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” Jonathan Edwards

  1. I will live for God.” The first part reminds me of one of my youth ministry rules. I call them the Big 5 but I will discuss them in another post. The first of the Big 5 is that “We honor God with our lives.” I usually follow by saying that if we did that one we would not need the others. Jonathan Edwards is right in saying that we need to live for God. That is and should be our first priority! I have to confess that I will be more intentional in seeking to live for God this year. Looking back over the past few years I have been somewhat repressed by my life circumstances instead of seeking to make much of God in my life. Living for God means putting Him first in all aspects of our lives. Are we seeking to know Him and make Him known?This thought also reminds me of one of my favorite verses Galatians 2:20. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God.” (NIV) This verse challenges me to remember that my life is not my own. I have been crucified with Christ and I am not longer able to live without Christ in my life. Every aspect of my life needs to reflect and be touched by Jesus.Many times as true believers we accept Jesus as our Savior but our lives do not reflect or show imprints that we were changed by our interaction with Jesus. The early disciples and many martyrs since were marked by their relationship with God. They would not turn their back or faith on God even through desperate and horrible experiences. We should be different than our culture because of our relationship with Jesus….because we are living for God.
  2. Secondly, Edwards reminds us in resolution 2 that even “if no one else does I will.” No matter what we live for God. We will take the tough stand and not be swayed by a culture that seems to have lost its moral standards, its understanding of tolerance, and one no longer upholds values based on the Bible. Ryan Stevenson in his song entitled No Holding Back says “I don’t want anything to come in between You and I. I am holding nothing back from you.” I pray that you will join with me in that prayer for this year. That we would not let anything get in between our relationship with Jesus.

So can you say with Jonathan Edwards and me this year Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will?

Answer in the comments

Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you keep them?