As far as experiences with the Lord go, they report, they’ve had to lay down a lot of aspects of control with so many unexpected circumstances. The last couple of days, the headwinds have been terrible, and, biking through the Oregon deserts, they struggled to finding a water source, finally locating one out in the middle of nowhere.
“I’ve been observing Tony’s patience and am learning to be patient just from watching him,” said Cole.
The most intense part of the journey so far coincided with a really cool encounter while traveling up Santiam Pass, a 4,800-foot mountain pass in the Cascade Mountains. They woke up to snow at 4 a.m. and decided to set out and get a head start. Tony recalls, “But the further up the pass we went, the more it snowed.” Considering their few availableoptions, they decided to keep going… until the road became impassable at the top of the pass. They were hit with blizzard-like conditions: icy roads and 40 mph winds that were pushing them off the shoulder of the road.
That’s when a truck driver pulled up, put their bikes on his trailer, and gave Cole and Tony a ride down the pass to where it was safe. “I really thought he was an angel,” Tony said.
The next morning, they saw the mountains they were going to climb and thought back to how brutal that scene became. Nothing at all was attractive about the snowstorm… until they saw the beauty when the storm had passed.
Tony testifies, “Destruction became beauty to my eyes: in all it’s grandeur, a fresh blanket of snow. The storms we go through in life my be brutal to us, but after it subsides, the Lord shows His beauty from it!”
Tony and Cole plan to get through Idaho to Wyoming in about four or five days and expect to be in Colorado by mid-May.
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