Saturday, June 16, 2007

TO CLAY CITY AND BACK ON BIKES

WEST TO CLAY CITY. I've been away from internet access for three days, thus the gap in postings. On Thursday afternoon, I rode my bicycle, along with Bishop Joseph James, from Indianapolis to Clay City, the location of the Wabash Annual Conference of the Free Methodist Church. Joe was one of our primary cyclists for our Bicycle India 2007 adventure earlier this year.

SACRED GROUND. Clay City, 70 miles west-southwest of Indy, may seem an unlikely meeting place, but that's home for our conference camp. Those acres on the edge of Clay City called "Wabash Park Camp" are sacred ground for lots of Free Methodists who've attended camp meetings or week-long children's or youth camps or retreats over the past 100 years.

EAST TO INDY. Conference meetings were conducted Thursday night, Friday, and Saturday, concluding at noon. After adjournment and lunch, we climbed on our bikes and pedaled the 70 miles back to Indy in more 90-degree heat and heavy humidity. We traveled north from Clay City on highway 59 to Brazil and then east along U. S. 40 to Indianapolis. This is part of the route that I plan to ride as part of the RAIN - the Ride Across INdiana - on Saturday, July 14. The RAIN generally follows U.S. 40 from the Illinois state line to the Ohio state line.

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