|Posted by Athena Papadopoulos on April 26, 2012 at 11:10 PM|
I really thought today was one of the worst days yet for awhile. The day really didn't start out so bad. I was accompanied by a wonderful woman from Capitan and her son for the first few miles and the hardest part of the journey. I was told that the ride would eventually be all downhill into the next town and that was the truth. It was miles and miles that I seemed to just coast downhill and the road did seem to flatten out again after a bit. I left fairly early to avoid this crazy wind that was supposed to hit later on in the day. Thank the Lord that part of the journey went well and I made it to the next town unscarred by the wind.
But it was at that time that strange things began to happen. My bike and trailor together had somehow found a patch of sand spurs and I had 2 flat tires. You know that slime stuff that's supposed to prevent flats? Well, it doesn't work...so don't waste your money. I began fixing those tires when I realized that there was a 3rd flat. Oh man! I just kind of hung out infront of the police station for awhile fixing my tires. I was also waiting to find a place to stay the night...and the hunt wasn't going to well. The people at the police station seemed a bit aggitated that I was there...but where else was I to go. My bike wouldn't even roll properly with the flat tires. I managed to fix 2 of them...but was having no luck on the 3rd.
Finally I got the long awaited phone call...I had a place to stay the night! Yippeeeee! It was a very happy moment and I think my day took a turn for the better at that point. I met the counselor at the local school, my host family for the night, and got the chance to share my story a bit with the high school students. I am so thankful. Just so you know...even in those darkest moments when you feel that your all alone and no one cares about you....God is right there. He was still fighting for me all day, even though some moments seemed kind of bleak. The wind has gotten a bit crazy as the day went on...and hopefully it will be a bit calmer tomorrow. Also the missile launches are an all clear go for tomorrow and Saturday. I think I might just be able to avoid it all though. This is the historic sight for the atomic bomb tests. Kind of scary and exciting I guess. Oh...and I have no cell service tonight where I'm staying. But it's kind of nice.