This ride will be the launch of a new chapter in life for me. I have just retired from the faculty at NNU after 25 years as a research librarian. Gene and I have planned many a vacation around bicycling but a coast to coast tour has always been his dream. Even though I love to ride and have even spent the last 10 years advocating for better cycling in the city of Nampa, the idea of riding long distance will be a mental stretch for me, but with God’s help, I’m ready for the challenge. Since I started my college career with a summer travel group and missions work, it’s really fitting and exciting to have the time to get involved in those things again as well. I’ll be meeting up with the group and riding from Kansas to the east coast and looking forward to the new thing God’s going to do through me and all of the team this summer.