We are back to a “normal”, planned schedule starting this week. A lot of people are hurting now and it is good to connect with each other out on the trail. Some guidance on group riding in these days at the bottom of this email such as a show and go approach vs large group.
This week is Deer Creek and a group ride is a great way to be challenged, learn and keep each other accountable on how to act right on the trail. 99% of acting right is being nice on the trail and not clogging it up.
Trails are SO packed, we'll likely steer clear of places like Apex for while and do more places like Floyd Hill (pictured above). Many of us have been riding Deer Creek and once you get on the upper loops it's pretty clear.
Creak, creak, click, click. These were the noises my bike was recently making. I’m sure you can relate. It drives me crazy. Can you imagine all of those mid 1990s or early 2000 mountain bikes that are being pulled out of the garage for the first time in 20 years as people search for things to do and decide to take up mountain biking again. Those bikes are probably making all sorts of crazy noises.
Anyway, if you are like me (Doug), a cracking or clicking bike is a sound that something is wrong with the bike. So, you start troubleshooting. Many jump to the conclusion - must be the bottom bracket. However, it is rarely, if ever, the bottom bracket. It is often the chain, pedal, or chain ring, or cassette. So I started examining my bike. Cassette was worn - replaced, go ride. Bike still creaking. Checked front chain ring - it was worn - replaced, go ride. Still some creaking - figured my pedals were worn - changed pedals to test, go ride. Yup...pedals were worn. Creak fixed!
As much time as we spend examining our bikes, how much time are we spending examining our own hearts? Are we allowing hate to creep into our hearts so our hearts are cracking or clicking? There is a lot of civil unrest going on - due to covid 19, but also due to the senseless killing of human beings like Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd, just to name a few. These events break my heart. As I (Doug) was hiking last night, and thinking about the events I got angry. I don’t understand this, but I don’t understand one person murdering another person in any context. Obviously, the goal of the gospel is for those to believe in Jesus to have changed and renewed hearts. Yet, we are still sinners saved by the grace of God. However, Jesus wants us to recognize our sin, repent and turn from it. So we must examine our own hearts to see what we’ve allowed into our hearts or allowed to creep into our hearts. Is our heart creaking and clicking like our bike because we’ve allowed hate to wander in, or are we keeping it well lubed by reading the Word, and seeking to be transformed with renewed hearts that recognizes, that, “God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created the; male and female he created them” Genesis 1:27. God didn’t create some humans in God’s image, he created all humans in God’s image. God also commanded we love our neighbor as ourselves, which Jesus said is the second great common after loving God. Mark 12:31. Who is our neighbor? Our fellow human beings are our neighbors (not just the person that lives next door, but all of humanity).
A friend of my turned me onto the podcast “Just Thinking.” The podcast is run by two men who seek to address social issues from a Biblical point of view. They both happen to be African American (I say this because as you listen to them, you will understand that they dislike grouping all people that share a skin tone into a common group - they view all people as created in God’s image, not just a certain group). They shared an interesting perspective on everything that is going on. It is worth a listen, and then worth discussing at the next ride: https://thebarpodcast.com/JT/index.php/2020/06/01/george-floyd-and-the-gospel/
How is your heart?
How are you doing with everything going on - Covid19, the recent inexcusable and senseless killings?
Take time to pray for the all the people that are hurting. Pray for each other, our country, and all of our leaders that they may be guided by wisdom that comes from God, our Father.
I think in future devos we will spend some time examining the heart, love, and what Jesus wants a transformed heart to look like.
This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)
When: Thursday, 6/4/2020, Show and Go between 5:45 and 6 PM
Where: Deer Creek
Directions: 13896 Grizzly Dr, Littleton, CO 80127
Questions: Reply to this email or join the facebook group
The June/July part of our schedule could allow for better parking and less crowded parks. A "show and go" meet up vs a normal group ride; no hot dogs, no gathering/regrouping.
There is already guidance on how to safely enjoy the parks and trails. Most people have been riding, including groups like ours. If you feel the need to to tell people what to do, it may not have the impact you hope. If we have more than 10 RSVP, we'll can stagger meet up times. If things change we can always go back just meeting up on your own to ride together.
From JeffCo Parks:
DO NOT visit parks and public areas if sick; stay home, seek medical care
DO NOT gather in groups larger than 10
Practice social distancing of at least 6’ in parks, trail heads, trails.
Bring your own hand sanitizer and/or hand washing supplies.
FACE COVERING strongly recommended; use when near others or when passing on the trail
High-risk visitors, use discretion for park visits and public restroom use
Waiver: Mountain biking can result in injury. By attending this ride you acknowledge the risk as stated in the group waiver