Reflecting on God’s leading during GrandpasCan 2018

Sometimes I just marvel at how God brings things together. So I need to ask myself; ‘Why do I even worry or why am I anxious that things will work out?’
Check out God’s timing and leading throughout Grandpascan 2018.
1. On  February 12 Ruth suffered a nasty spiral fracture on her tibia plateau, requiring surgery. On a scale of 1-6, (6 being as bad as could be) the doctor rated it a 6. Ruth is always an integral part of my support crew in all of the events. We were very concerned about recovering in time. After 11 weeks of no weight- bearing, then physio, she was totally fine 4.5 months afterthe break. The doctor and the physiotherapist both said that she was  ‘off the typical chart’ as far as recovery time and complete healing was concerned. Only God can do that.
2.  Two weeks before my event, I still had no vehicle to use, and I had no funds to rent one. Triple E out of Morden stepped up to supply a very suitable RV. I have never even met the owners.
3. I wanted to bring Ndondo Mulli and a ‘child mother’ from the MCF Yatta Girls program to Manitoba for 4 major events as I cycled through MB.  The problem was, none of the suitable young ladies had a passport. After months of waiting, Faith, one of two possible candidates received her passport on June 6.
4. For various reasons, the necessary visas only got issued on June 20. Ndondo and Faith needed to be here at the first event on June 22. Their plane arrived 3 hours before they were expected at Acadia Colony, a two hour drive from Winnipeg. Just in time, in God’s time.
5. On our drive up to the Yukon, we encountered winds gusting 90 km/hour. It would not have been possible to be on the bike. Riding my bike, I experienced mostly calm to light winds, both favourable and unfavourable directions.
6. The northern heat wave  of 28-32 degrees Celsius was perfect conditioning for the southern heat wave with a humidex in the mid-40’s.
7. I experienced virtually no fluid retention, never even using my compression stockings once.
8. I needed to arrive at my first event in Acadia at 3 pm. After cycling 3000 km, I got there exactly at 3pm.
9. The four events in MB went flawless. While we had planned them, the final details needed to happen when I was somewhere up north and Ruth was getting ready to join the support crew in Brandon. Thank you to friends who stepped up big time.
10. I had 6 flats, 3 in the north and 3 in the south. Each time the support crew came to my rescue at exactly the right time. (Due to the traffic and the size of the RV, direct follow was seldom possible, yet they were there when I needed them).
11. No one got sick in 21 days on the road. That in itself is a miracle.
12. The roads up north had some less than ideal gravel surfaces. We heard a number of stories of motorcycles going down. I stayed upright the whole time.
13. The traffic in the south was significant and the shoulders were at times nonexistent. God gave me the peace I needed to keep a straight line, even though trucks were coming very close at times.
14. We made a few wrong turns but we never got lost.
15. We encountered many helpful and friendly people. We experienced no hostility towards us on the whole journey.  On the contrary, without fail, every time we set out the lawn chairs to eat a meal we had several vehicles stop to see if we were okay or if there was anything we needed. (even an invitation to come cool off in a backyard pool!)
Sometimes I wonder why I worried at all. God is in control all the time anyway. Many people prayed for us. Thank you. We sure felt  the peace of God throughout all aspects of GrandpasCan 2018.
In Philipians 4:6-7, it says;
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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Key West

Arvid has arrived at the end of his 2018 journey, successfully completing his north to south he started in 2015. He completed 7000 km this year, starting 120 west of Watson Lake, YT, and trekking to the southernmost point in the US (Key West, Florida). This means he has connected all NA oceans with each other, (Pacific with Atlantic and Arctic with the Gulf of Mexico).

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We have arrived!!

We have arrived safely at Key West, Florida at 4:56pm local time.

Thank you for your prayers.

More photos to come shortly.

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Florida Fun!

Please check back soon .. we expect to arrive in Key West within two hours!!!

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Along the Keys

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Approaching the Finish…

Chariots of Fire

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Prayers of the Grandchildren

Dear Jesus, thank you for Grampa’s strong muscles. Please give his muscles new strength and energy every day of his ride. -E

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7:15 am

After a delay and then re-routing, we are back on the road at 7:15.

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Roadblock

6:00 am (local time): We are presently sitting at an intersection on Hwy 997. The road ahead is closed due to a major accident and we are waiting for permission to proceed. No idea on timing.

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July 4 Stats

In an effort to get closer to Key West, Arvid pushed very hard today, covering 372 km. With having to wait out the thunderstorm we went an hour longer, finishing the day at 11 pm.

Our ‘night nap’ is done and we are on the road at 4:50am.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, (weather conditions) we hope and plan to make it to Key West before nightfall TODAY!!!

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A soggy ride in Florida

Where is the sun in the Sunshine State?Irrigation ditches alongside Hwy 27.

Sugar cane fields as far as the eye can see.

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One hour later …

And we are back on the road again. Unfortunately, in that hour the wind changed and is now a strong headwind.

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Another thunderstorm

Arvid is in the RV as we sit out another thunderstorm.⚡️🌧⛈

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One happy camper

Dessert after 200km

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Round 2 of democratic debates

…majority wins again! Still heading south!

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Arvid's Location

Track Arvid through the Spot device he carries with him by clicking here.

Prayer Requests

June 15: As the ride begins, pray that we will have strength equal to the task ahead!

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About MCF

Charles Mulli is a former street child from the slums of Kenya. He became extremely successful in business, but then God called him to give it all up and care for the orphaned and abandoned children still on the streets in Kenya. Charles Mulli is the founder and CEO of Mully Children's Family. To learn more about MCF, click here.

Arvid's Role

God has called me (Arvid) to be an ambassador for Mully Children's Family. I have chosen to use ultramarathon cycling as my platform from which to fulfill this calling. You can follow my ride, here, at www.grandpascan.com/ride. To read more about me and my story, click here.

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I am asking you to help. I am trying to raise funds for the ongoing and capital expenses for the child mothers program at MCF. This program provides the critical life skills the young mothers need. To learn more about donating, click here.

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