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 By: Laurence Foshee

Today we rode from Hershey, PA to Gettysburg, PA, passing through the capitol of Pennsylvania: Harrisburg. The church in Hershey provided us with a nice breakfast with danishes and a delicious egg and bacon dish. At the beginning of the ride all the riders went to a Hershey’s “Sweetest Place On Earth”billboard and took a picture with our bikes. On the first rest stop there was a long line for the restroom and by the time I got back my riding group had left! I managed to catch up by the second break.
By Greg Zeroun

We woke up this morning for a quick breakfast at 4:30am to be out of The Simple Way headquarters by 5 to ride our first century ride (100 miles) to Hershey PA. When we left it was misting but warm, as we headed out of Philadelphia the rain gathered and intensified slightly. It wasn't by any means a torrential down pour but for this California boy it was pretty decent rain. Our experience in Kensington was humbling, memorable and amazing. I learned so much about hard work, dedication and passion in just two days and I am eternally grateful for the opportunity. We headed down the Schuylkill River trail a beautifully maintained bike path for the majority of our journey. The trail alternates between paved and packed gravel and it was breathtakingly beautiful. For anyone who hasn't been in California during the summer time, it's brown. It's hot and water is almost always an issue. To be here where everything is green and lush is a blessing.
By Gerry McCusker (our Scotsman by way of Australia)

Well this, I didn’t expect on the start of the ride; a food intolerant bug that’s turned my gut into a washing
machinespin cycle and sleep deprivation on top of the organic jet lag that has left me as punchy as a pugilist. Viral gastritis ain’t exactly Tour de France-recommended training preparations, right?

But after morning prayers with the accommodating Shane Claiborne and his wife Katie, Kert took me to the health clinic this morning, and I soon had a new dietary regime in place and the strength to give service by working on a street clean under the supervision of Block Captain, Mike.
 
By Everett Collier

Saturday evening my wife texted me the verse of Psalm 62:8 Trust in Him at all times, o people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

We felt and witnessed this refuge yesterday and this morning in Tabernacle, New Jersey. The folks at Lord of Life Lutheran Church opened their church and hearts in numerous ways during our stay with them. A chance to be a part of the church service and for Melissa to share her story and the Fuller Center for Housing mission was truly a blessing. Thank you to Pastor Jones and the congregation and the folks at the New Jersey Pines Fuller Center.
By Dani Schenk

Hey All! We kicked off our first bike day today with a splash as we dipped our back tires into the Atlantic Ocean. Followed by our traditional first day devotion, "God´s Bicycle" (made famous by Tony Campbell on the inaugural bike trip).
After leaving the stop light ridden blocks of the city behind us we headed off across the Pine Barrens and into some adventures.