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Day 163---6/13/12

Posted by Athena Papadopoulos on June 14, 2012 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (4)
So today was the longly awaited day. The day that for the last 5 and a half months I was hoping and praying I would make it to. Well it came and God was definitely awesome. I really wanted to run today, and God granted me that wish. I made it through my run all the way to the pier and my foot did not give me any pain. Seriously...God was working because that was supernatural strength. There's this sort of relief that washed over me as I entered those final steps. Knowing that I've finished this course of my race in life...but theres so much more yet to come. I can't wait to see what's next. Thank you to everyone who was out at the pier today to greet me when I came in. Your presence was such a wonderful sight to see...almost better than the freezing Pacific waters. I have no idea how those surfers were still breathing out there. And also thanks to the news crews for getting the word out about the need for clean water and not making me look like an idiot on tv. What's next? I have no idea...but I'm excited to see what God has instore.

Day 162---6/12/12

Posted by Athena Papadopoulos on June 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)
One of the best days yet. I had the chance to tell 1st graders at a local public school about my trek. I love hearing their reactions and questions. They are completely priceless. And best news yet of the day was reuniting with my mom and sister! They made it out to Cali and it is so wonderful to be in their presence again. Tomorrow is the day everyone and myself included have been waiting for. Yippeeee! Pacific Ocean here I come!

Day 161---6/11/12

Posted by Athena Papadopoulos on June 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (1)
I heard this version of 2 Corinthians 6:10 the other day and thought it was just plain fantastic. "Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing and yet we have EVERYTHING!" This should be the heart of a person who puts their faith and trust in Jesus. No matter what their physical burdens and circumstances...they always have all that they need in Jesus. I needed to hear that verse because I just started reading a book called "Children of Hope," that talks about the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It crushes your heart to hear stories of children who basically have to become adults at such a young age because of not having parents. Isn't it great to know though that when they trust Jesus they have EVERYTHING. Wow...so great. Today I made it officially into San Diego but I'm still awaiting my trek into the beach untill Wednesday when my familia wil be here. So excited to see them...and Jim made it today. It will be a sweet reunion.

Day 160---6/10/12

Posted by Athena Papadopoulos on June 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)
My mom and sister have hit the road and are finally on their way to see me and take me home. They've had safe travels all the way to Louisiana today and will continue their travels tomorrow. I'm soooo excited to see them! Today was a good day. I got to run a bit again and my foot is taking it well...so that's great. Church was great to. Aparently this was the Sunday that all of this churches missionaries were around, so I got to hear some awesome stories. It's always great to hear stories from missionaries about their experiences. Keep praying for safe travels of my family. They are almost here!!!

Day 159---6/9/12

Posted by Athena Papadopoulos on June 9, 2012 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (2)
It was a pretty cold morning here in southern Cali. I was expecting to sun to make his appearance at some point...but he never granted me that wish. Bummer. Good thing working hard to pedal up those hills warms you up a bit. I was blessed to have the accompanyment of Peggy once again. I honestly don't know what I would do without her. The streets are so confusing out here and you need someone who knows their way around guiding you. I made it to my destination and got to crash someones graduation party. I think that's just the story of my life on this journey...showing up at random strangers events. I do have kind of a confession to make. I did see the Pacific today....that party was on the beach. BUT...it was not a beach in San Diego, it was one in Oceanside. So it doesn't count right? Church is tomorrow...my final church on this journey probably.

Day 158---6/8/12

Posted by Athena Papadopoulos on June 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)
Another relaxing day. I had another attempt at running today. Went about 3 miles and my foot still didn't hurt. I am very happy about that. I got to visit the Taylor Guitar factory today and get a tour on how they make their guitars. I had the opportunity to learn everything I ever wanted to know about making guitars and probably everything I didn't want to know. It was a 2 hour tour. Other than that my day was pretty uneventful. I didn't bike today in honor of my stalling technique and wonderful people who put up with me for more than a night. Thank the lord for people like that. I have about a 28 mile bike to look forward to tomorrow. Really not bad, but you never know what kind of mountains may be thrown in your path. Onward I go! Ohhhh! And wonderful news today that my travel agent Jim is making his way out to Cali to see me finish! So excited!

Day 157---6/7/12

Posted by Athena Papadopoulos on June 8, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (1)
Today was a pretty relaxing day...I'm kind of enjoying this whole stalling to get to San Diego thing. I travelled only about 8 miles on the bike today. So a fairly easy day I would say. I got to spend most of the day resting, doing crosswords, and reading. Oh and I did attempt to go for a short run today. It went well, absolutely no foot pain. I really REALLY want to run my last day. And I do think it's possible. But I will try not to get my hopes up too high. I have just been exceptionally blessed to meet the kindest most generous people lately too. People who are willing to share their homes and lives with me and treat me like one of their own. It just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I love how God leads me to the perfect homes. I've also been blessed to have Peggy...my new biker friend, to lead me on all these confusing roads to my next destination. Isn't God good?

Day 156---6/6/12

Posted by Athena Papadopoulos on June 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)
San Diego is seriously right there...in numbers it is only 6 miles away from my location at the moment. The hardest thing is being patient and not finishing just yet. I actually could have finished today. For those of you who do not know, the reason I am stalling finishing just yet is that my mother and sister are driving out from Florida to see me finish. BUT...they won't be here untill next tuesday. So instead of going directly to the coast I will be taking a bit of a detour to some surrounding cities and backtracking a bit as well. I guess this is all secretly a good thing too because I do want to finish my last day running. Lord willing of course. Today's ride was exciting though. There was a lot of pretty steep downhill sections. I felt like a little kid on a rollar coaster...kind of exhilarating. I'm suprised at how green it is out here too. I guess I really didn't know what to expect...but after all that desert, I thought I'd never see trees again. I've gotten some good biking advice today as well from a hardcore biker I am staying with and some handy bike trail maps that may help me on my detours. The worst thing that could happen at this point is that I get lost and can't find the beach. That would sure be a dilema. Wow! I really still can't believe how far God has brought me. Just reminising over all the memories of people I've met and times God has supernaturally provided gives me goosebumps. All glory to him!

Day 155---6/5/12

Posted by Athena Papadopoulos on June 6, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (2)
Wow...another day complete. And yet God is so faithful. Weirdest thing ever happened this morning. When I woke up this morning, there was this wet stuff falling from the sky. The people here call it rain. I feel like I may have experienced it before...but it must have been in another lifetime. Well the wind sure was blowing too and the temperature? In the low 40's. Ummmm...freezing! It did warm up quickley though and dry up too. Most of my ride today was downhill with just a few climbs. I passed a camel milk farm and that sure was a sight to see. Oh...and a certain section of hills that looked like it could have been where they filmed "the sound of music." Austria in California? I think so. Only a few days left of this journey. I am so close I can almost smell the salty ocean air!

Day 154---6/4/12

Posted by Athena Papadopoulos on June 5, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (1)
The mountain has been conquered! Praise the Lord! From the advice I've gotten...it's really all downhill from here till the end. I had wonderful company today on my ride and it was definitely an encouragement to have someone there to pick me up whenever I started to get tired. I did have one flat tire that came somewhat unexpectedly. I was peddling and wondering why it was so hard. Yeah...that tends to happen when there is no air in your tires. But...we had some roadside assistence from a police officer and the tire was fixed in no time. The air up here on top of the mountain is beautiful and fresh...and there are trees! I was kind of freaking out when I saw trees. It's been way too long. Other strange sights on the ride were probably the suicidal wild turkeys that were just laying the street. It was hot outside! Obviously it was not to get warm. Weird animals!

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