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The chase ends...

My derailleur hanger stopped chasing me across the country today. After missing me by about 8 hours in Sioux Center on Tuesday morning it hitched a ride with someone from town to Madison this morning who was attending the celebration service and finally landed in my hands. I've covered more than 2500 kms on my bent hanger and finally it got to be replaced. Now you might think that something that can last 2500 kms when nearly broken wasn't all that close to being broken and in some sense I do agree with that notion, but every person in every bike shop who saw it cautioned against riding on it more than I had to. Every SeatoSea cyclist who looked at the stress marks on it thought it was probably going to give out in a few days. Not so, you can call it luck, you can call it misdiagnosis, call it what you want I'm calling it God providing a way when there seemed to be no way. Take a peek at some of these photos, it's not kinda bent it's really bent.

So I'll quote from Exodus a story that's kept me trusting that fiddly little piece of aluminum to get me through a new day when I was sure going up plenty of hills that I was sure it wouldn't survive. (Yes sure is in that sentence twice on purpose, I would put it in there 3 times if I could do so in a grammatically correct manner but I'm an engineer and getting it in twice was tricky enough.)

    Then the LORD said to Moses, "I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions."

The Lord's prayer reminds us to ask daily for our daily bread, that God provides enough for each day and that's enough for me. If you would have asked me any day between Craig Colorado and Fennimore Wisconsin (Friday's stop) whether or not I'd make it Madison with that hanger my answer would probably have been no. But ask me each day if it would last the day and my answer would be (usually with a lump in my throat) yes. But that patch of Moses' story doesn't end there, it ends with the important part and because time is short tonight that's where I'm going to leave it for this evening as well:

    So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, "In the evening you will know that it was the LORD who brought you out of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD"

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