Heard good things about the ride last week and the post ride hang out. Crowded trails are the norm but we did our best not to clog up the trail and be nice to the other \groups on the trail. A few of us missed the evening ride to shuttle up Pikes Peak earlier in the day. We rode the point to point Elk Park to Captain's jack trails. A fun, all day adventure and were able to check out some old mining sites along the way(picture above).
This week is Centennial Cone which is a big ride for after work; 2,800 ft of climbing, 17 miles and often 3 hours so will use all of the long days of summer. Last week we had 5 flats on our 3 Sisters ride, so a good idea to bring a small light just in case. The main group usually rides the loop clockwise and remember we park at the Mayhem Gulch trail-head.
Heart Condition - No Chain Lube
A couple weeks ago we talked about the creaky bike. Nothing worse than being a couple minutes into a ride and you hear the sound of a grinding chain because you can't remember the last time you lubed it. As a result, your chain starts to talk to you - grind, grind, grind. It doesn’t sound smooth - it is speaking its truth to you - no chain lube, the chain doesn’t function as well and doesn't feel or sound right.
In Matthew 15:15-20, Peter asks Jesus to, “Explain to us the parable that says people aren’t defiled by what they eat.” Jesus responded. “Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer. But, the words you speak come from the heart - that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. These are what defile you. Eating, with unwashed hands will never defile you.”
Our society is going through things we haven’t seen before - pandemic, and protests against social injustices. You’ve also seen many people called out for and fired for racial comments. Most of those individuals have apologized, and critics have said, “enough with the apologies, show some action.” Why? Well, Jesus, tells us why. What we say and what we speak comes from the heart. That is what defiles. So when people speak, they speak from the heart. Thus, it is like when God says through Isaiah, “What makes you think I want all your sacrifices? Says the Lord. I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you come to worship me, who asked you to parade through courts with all your ceremony?” Isaiah 1:11-12. In this case, there was action, but it was meaningless. It didn’t come from the heart in reverence with God. Rather it was all about the show and circumstance. God, however, said, “Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways. Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of the orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. Come now, let’s settle this, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:16-18.
There is a lot to unpack in all these verses. First, what we say comes from the heart. To change starts with a sincere apology, and seeking forgiveness. So that is important, so long as it is sincere and comes from a desire to change. It also requires us to repent and turn to God, knowing that God can wash the sins away, and transform the heart. That is where there is hope - no matter what we are experiencing, God washes away the sins. That transformation, then leads to action. What God wants from us isn’t show and circumstance, but for us to fight what is important to him - seeking justice and helping the oppressed.
How do we transform the heart? It starts with what we are putting in. There is an old saying, garbage in, garbage out. Just like what we are or aren’t putting on the bike chain will lead to what we get out of the chain. If we rub mud on the chain, it is going to make horrible noises and won’t last long. If we forget to lube it, eventually it is going to make grinding noises. All you see is a grimy chain, not the silver or nickle beauty the designer intended. However, if we keep it clean and lube it often, that chain is going to sound like music to our ears (or it won’t sound at all, which is still music to my ears). Similarly, what are you taking into your heart? Are you taking in the Word of God everyday and seeking his truth, accepting his grace and mercy, and reading about the hope brought by Jesus Christ? Or are you taking in the constant hate and negativity of social media, or the news, or seeking out hate? Are you taking in pornography or other unworthy materials? Are you taking in things that transform the heart in a hateful and evil way? If you are, you'll soon be coated with the grime of the world and like the chain it won't feel right.
I am not saying don’t take in the news, and don’t be part of social media, but I’m saying if you obsess over this and the negativity of media and don’t take in the Word of God, either through reading the Word, listening to sermons, or podcasts, etc, then what comes out of your mouth is likely due to what is being taken in. And that leads to a heart condition.
This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)
When: Thursday, 6/18/2020 - 6pm
Where: Centennial Cone (West of Golden)
Directions: Mayhem Gulch Trail Head 32447 US Highway 6 Golden, CO 80403
From Golden, the trail head is on the north side of the road between mile marker 262.5 and 262, 9.5 miles from the intersection of US 6 and State Highway 93.
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