The end of our RAAM

Our previous post explains the situation we find ourselves in and even though Arvid is making strides towards mineral balance, hydration and has recovered from heat exhaustion, the reality of RAAM being a timed race simply makes it impossible for him to catch up.

We used our 2008 and 2013 successful RAAM times as indicators in reaching this decision. While it is not easy to make this decision, we have total peace about it. In our pre-race prayer time, Arvid specifically handed the outcome of this ride over to God.  We continue to trust Him even when things do not go as planned.

Juergen (crew chief) called RAAM headquarters just a short time ago to submit our DNF (did not finish) status.

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Moving On

RAAM 2017 was my last ‘MULTI-WEEK SINGLE STAGE’ elite world-class bike event. Just to clarify, I will continue to use my cycling platform to raise funds for destitute children rescued by Mully Children’s Family, but NOT by participating in events that require around the clock cycling for multiple weeks at a time.

I am 60 years old and the only thing that gets easier with age is napping.

This became very clear to me in RAAM 2017, as ALL 6 entries in the 60+ age category eventually ended up with a DNF behind their name.

Since 2005, I have used 1 elite/extreme world class multi-week around the clock cycling event per year (with the exception of 2006) as my fundraising platform.

Beginning with Spoke 2005, the Canadian Safari, I transported (in rotation) 3 teenagers from Mully Children’s Family on the back of a modified tandem bike 7000 km across Canada in 30 days. This was the beginning of my cycling ministry and spreading awareness about MCF right across Canada.

My list of elite/extreme cycling events:

2007 – 15,000km (45 days) Food Drive for Orphans, symbolizing the distance from Canada to Kenya.

2008 – RAAM in 11 Days, 3 hours, 19 min.

2009 – Tour for Life – 453km/day (3x the distance of the daily average of Tour de France) for the 23 days of Tour de France.

2010 – Hot Pursuit 2010, Vancouver-Winnipeg, 2370km in 4 days 4 hours.(being chased by a relay team of CMU riders and a relay team of Winnipeg Police Officers). The most fun I have had on a bike.

2011 – Vancouver-Halifax (6040 km) GWR in 13 days, 6 hours and 13 min

2012 – Vancouver-Halifax GWR attempt, falling just short of breaking my record

2013 – RAAM in 11 Days, 20 hours, 8 min

2014 – 10,000 GWR attempt. DNF’d after 5000 km due to unseasonably bad weather conditions in Winnipeg.

2015 – Deadhorse, Alaska – Key West, Florida, 9000 km. DNF after 5 days (2000km) due to a crash that resulted in 5 broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung.

2016 – Vancouver-Halifax GWR attempt (since I suffered a severe crash after only 110 km, yet managed to persevere to Halifax, this has become my most courageous event/performance to date). I completed the ride but did not set a new GWR.

2017 – RAAM – DNF (only 16 out of 39 solo racers became official finishers this year)

Much more important than the cycling results themselves are the life lessons I have learned along the way, the funds that have been raised, the awareness that has been created for Mully Children’s Family, and the opportunities I have had to share my faith in God on public stages. Since 2005, God has blessed this platform and allowed us to raise over $4.5 Million for the World’s Biggest Family. Thank you to our families, friends and MCF supporters. It is you that deserve the credit and God receives the praise.

It is our (Ruth and my) hope and prayer that our story, a journey of faith, obedience, success, failure, risk, surrender and daring to step out of our comfort zone to do what we can to make a difference, has and continues to inspire at least a few to do what they can to make a difference.

I often conclude one of my talks/presentations this way:

I have learned that making a difference does not come easy and there is a personal cost to it.
I have learned that the personal sacrifices I am making are insignificant compared to the personal rewards I am experiencing.

Our work on behalf of the children rescued by Mully Children’s Family will continue with the same (maybe even greater) passion and determination. We believe that is what God has called us to.

The cycling platform going forward will change somewhat, and it will now include SOME sleep at night.

The things we do for ourselves will be forgotten
when we are gone.
The things we do for others will live on. Grandpa Arvid

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When life hands you lemons … 

Make lemonade! (Or suck on lemons to make you feel better)

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Decision time

Arvid continues to work on improving his mineral imbalance and dehydration and heat exhaustion. This imbalance has caused severe cramping making it impossible to ride at times. He has been working very hard in extreme heat and terrain.  His stomach issues are also nowhere near resolved. 

We have decided to take a hotel for the night and make a final decision tomorrow morning. 

RAAM has two intermediate ‘soft’ cut-off times. With this rest we will not meet those times. With our successful history with RAAM, there is some flexibility, but absolutely no flexibility on the final arrival time in Annapolis. RAAM is suggesting (and we agree) that we rest and make a final decision in the morning. 

We appreciate your prayers. This is not easy. 

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Prescott TS7

Arvid is riding into Prescott with a favourable tail wind and a slight downhill. 

#KFC – here we come!!

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Prayer from a Grandson

All 9 of our grandsons are praying for us while we are on RAAM. 

Here is the prayer from O. 

Dear Jesus, please help Grampa to be safe on the bike ride and help him to raise lots of money for MCF and let him get lots of cheers on the bike ride.  Amen. 

Thank you, OJ!

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On the road again. 

Arvid could finally retain some breakfast, after him and the whole crew had a great 4 hour sleep. We past TS6. Weather is hot again. 

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Unknown

Arvid has been struggling all day today with keeping food down. He has had little food (that has stayed down) in the last 24 hours. 

He took several longer breaks in the afternoon and evening but we have now stopped at a motel in Congress and will let him sleep. 

We do not know what the morning will bring. Please pray that his body could recover as he rests. 

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Back in action 

After a good nap/rest of 3 hrs we are on the road again. Iced water, yerba, beef jerky and a lot of salt got some of the minerals back and Arvid is racing again! 

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Break

Arvid is taking a rest. The heat is intense! The minerals in his body are somewhat out of balance and he needs to recover a bit before continuing. Pray for a swift recovery. 

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Going strong under the Arizona sun at 39 degree 

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Giant cactus

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Another first 

Every event has its twists and turns. This one is no different. 

The follow crew headed out with Arvid yesterday from Oceanside. The ‘chore’ vehicle was to go ahead to Blythe so they could take over crewing in the middle of the night. 

This vehicle had been hand-picked brand new (2000 miles) to avoid any issues. 

Three hours into the race we (follow crew) received a phone call from Sylvain & Martine that the van we had rented in San Diego had died. Turns out the transmission was shot. They hobbled their way to Escondido with it where they were given another van, identical to the Manitoba rental. 

All the decals had to be removed and re-applied to the new van. This morning at 5:24 the van was inspected by RAAM officials and given the okay to be on the road. 

We are grateful that this new obstacle was overcome swiftly. Thank you to Avis Rental for the assistance.

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Crew update

The first crew of this race got a good 3hs of sleep this morning. Lunch was excellent at the Sizzler in Blythe. Slowly catching up to Arvid past TS4 -Parker. Nice and warm at 37C

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Handing food and water and …

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Arvid's Location

Arvid can be tracked during the ride by visiting RAAM's website here. (We suggest opening this page in a separate tab.)

Prayer Requests

June 13: 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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