Take Your Time Lord

I have tried calling you guys a few times this morning. Could you please tell arvid that the visas have been granted. I have to leave for work. (Text from Ruth Loewen this morning)

Arvid and Ruth have been concerned that the visas for our guests from Kenya, as of yesterday, had not been granted! Yesterday Charles told Arvid…

“We have prayed this morning and God has a couple of hours to answer our requests”

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Good Morn’in Saskatoon!

Four Am comes early! Sleep deprivation reins. Our main man is struggling to even get one eye open.

I comment that, “We’re beside a cow pasture and we have four bars!

A voice responds ” And cows don’t even drink beer!”

Humour is a good indicator of how everyone is feeling!

Arvid hit the road at 4:45 this morning and he is eastern bound!

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Day 5 Stats

Arvid is through Edmonton and into the Prairies! He has his sights set on Winnipeg, where he’ll see his grandsons and interact at several events at supportive Hutterite colonies, then arrive for the MCF banquet in Winnipeg.

On day 5 he completed 391km, including 588m of gain and 761m of descent. Let the prairies commence!

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Cows Around

A Canadian country singer, Corb Lund, wrote a very humorous song about cows:

“Everything is better with some cows around…”

We parked for the evening beside a cow pasture just east of Maidstone Saskatchewan.

Arvid completed an amazing 400 K’s today and now he eating BB chicken from Sobeys.

Plan is to be back on the road before 5:00 am.

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Free Recipe

It’s in vogue in social media to post pictures of food!

Posted is Arvid’s lunch!

From the Roadside Cafe just east of Vegreville Alberta

Recipe available on Grandpas Can.

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How to Operate a “Slick Stick”

The Slick Stick is a mechanical device invented by Jodi Friesen, (Avid’s Daughter)

The purpose of the “Slick Stick) is to pass food and electronic devices to a cyclist from a moving vehicle.

Operational guidelines:

– This is not a toy! (It looks like a grandchild’s plastic lacrosse stick)

-Don’t try this at home!

-Use certified operators only!

– Field tested by top endurance athletes!

– Don’t accept cheap imitations!

– Order now from Grandpas Can.com

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Culinary Skills

For those considering being part of Arvid’s support team should possess “Red Seal” certification.

Three eggs on toast. Eggs medium hard. Served each morning at break. Patio ambience required!

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Long and Narrow Road

Contrary to the Beatle’s hit tune: “Long and Winding Road ” highway 34 is long, straight, narrow and busy!

We have resorted to “leapfrogging”. Going ahead and waiting.

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Crew Conversations

As crew we are often asked, “What do talk about all day long?”

Many times we talk how to best support Arvid while keeping him safe.

Once the basics are covered we have more in-depth conversations!

Yesterday we attempted to “identify” those persons who exhibited extreme organization and chaos!

The following two pictures should help potential crew members determine where the fall on this scale!

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Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken like the first morning

Blackbird has spoken like the first bird

Praise for the singing

Praise for the morning

Praise for them springing fresh from the world

Cat Stevens

Arvid was away early this morning. We are closing in on Fort Saskatchewan.

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Day 4 Stats

It looks like Arvid completed 355km on day 4, gaining 1,605m and losing 1,556m. He’s approaching Edmonton today!

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Flat

Today we had our first flat tire.

We simply “swap” out the wheel and tire from his spare bike and get Arvid on his way.

We then repair the original tire in the motor home. It tends to turn the vehicle into a mobile bike shop.

Rick’s bed works very well as our work bench.

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The Smoky Mountain River

Sounds like a good title for a country “tune”

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Day 3 Stats

Arvid is back in civilization! He made it to Grande Prairie last night, after 387km on the day. That included 2,283m of climbing and 2,683m of descending.

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Road Condtions

Arvid went through a pretty rough time with a long stretch of road which had been recently “milled”.

Pavement milling is the process of removing at least part of the surface of a paved area such as a road, bridge, …

These milled ridges make a very difficult to ride in straight line.

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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.

Donate

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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