In our hustle and bustle of life, we take life for granted. We think there will always be another day to ride tomorrow. On Halloween of 2014, I had a life threatening crisis that put me in ICU and in the hospital for 10 days. I had an ovarian cyst that ruptured and filled my body with poison. Had my wife not gotten me to the hospital as fast as she did, the doctors said I would have certainly died. I called my friends, family and my pastor, and prayed.
A hospital bed and medical emergency will humble you like no other experience. You have no choice but to be still and listen to God speak to you. For me, this was an enlightening experience. God began to move in my thoughts and in my heart. My body began to be healed, and eventually, I was able to come home. But, in that stay, I made plans to ride. I knew as soon as I could, I wanted to ride farther than I ever had. At the time, I owned a pink Hayabusa. I loved that bike more than I loved most people. In my head, I was gonna get on that bike and ride on my first Coast 2 Coast Ride. I would ride from Los Angeles to Brooklyn, to visit my mother chapter on ground. I had never been farther east than Arizona, at that time. My money was funny. I didn’t know how, but I knew I was going.
For 10 days, I prayed for the health to get back on my bike. My doctors said I would have to wait until January, and that seemed like an eternity. So, I made plans. And sure enough, God made a way for me to take that ride. He cleared my mental space of self doubt, and replaced it with a steadfast faith in my ability to make the ride physically, mentally and financially.
Whether you want to begin a cross country journey, or get the courage to ride a little farther than you’ve gone the day before, remember, EVERY LEGEND STARTS AT MILE ONE. When you’re planning to ride across country, especially if you’ve never done it, you can intimidate yourself with “what ifs”. Every time I started to second guess myself, I could hear his voice say “Be Still. And Know that I am GOD.” This was a reminder to be obedient to the vision he had blessed me with. I wanted to share this, because I know there are people that are making plans to ride next year, and they may be wondering how they can make it happen on a tight budget. Know this. As long as you DECIDE to ride, it’s already be ordained and confirmed. You’re just dealing with the timeline of planning to FIND A WAY OR MAKE A WAY. You’ll eat out a little less. You’ll shop a little less. You’ll realize that that new pair of $150 shoes you want is equivalent to 15 tanks of gas on the road. At 125 miles per gas stop, and $8 – $10 per stop, that will get you 1875 miles, or from Los Angeles to New Orleans.