The first overnighted at a shelter.

Getting a new tent becomes the first emergency thing after I lost my tent,I stayed at Alpine the whole afternoon yesterday, the only place I might get a tent before I cross New Mexico,it is quite a small town but it has some sporting stores because of the university there. At first I went to a hardware store, the lightest tent I could find was 7.2lbs, I hesitated for a long time but still bought it, when I put it on my bike I felt like way too heavy to have such a long trip with me, I could carry 7lbs food or water because they will be consumed eventually, but tent will not, its too much to carry such a weight all the time, so I returned it andwent to sportcode ,the smallest tent I could find was for 4 persons. I know this town might be my last chance to get a tent, so I tried to find a tent on Facebook yard sale or reach Couchsurfing hosts to see if they have any tents on sale, but still no luck. Facing the situation of no place to stay for the next couple of days,I left for Marfa, where I already contacted a Warm Shower host there, he left his garage for me to stay with a cot inside.

 The next day I hit 75 miles from Marfa to Van Horn, I pedaled 50 miles in the morning without stopping because of the road work, and finally found a spot to have lunch after road work ends 

The toughest moment of the day is always restarting pedaling after break, your body feels sore, the sun burns you, the fatigue comes to you, and I always got killer headwinds in the afternoon, so it took me almost the same time as the morning 50miles for the afternoon 25 miles because of fighting against the wind. When I finally got there, had dinner , I sadly found out that I got flat tire again! Come on, 7 times in a month, who else?

I was dog tired but still had to fix my baby! After 6 times fixing experiences, I felt like I’m a master already . But it was kinda weird this time, there wasn’t any leak on my tube, i could pump a lot of air in and the tube was getting bigger and bigger but psi bar on my pump still showed nothing, I tried another tube which I already patched before, after I put the tube back to my bike I found out that the schraeder valve inside had come loose letting air out while I pump, so I had to take it off again and then try my last new tube, I found myself a little bit sad when I was sitting on the floor unkempt dealing with a pile of dirty tubes while people passing by watching me, but well, this is the life I chose, it always happens, I just hope the tube could hang in there before I get a spare.

It was almost 7:30 after I set my bike up, I was just hoping that i could find a bench for me to stay at tonight. The first time I tried to stay at a devastated house but a tiny puppy ran away from resting when she saw me ,I felt bad about occupying her shelter so I gave up staying there, I’m already a homeless person how can i make a puppy homeless like me ?

The second time I passed by a motel, a couple was mowing, I told them about my situation that I don’t have money to get a room and I lost my tent so wondering if I could sleep with my sleeping bag in their laundry room. They said no directly.Being refused by someone like this made me feel upset,I used to be a lofty person that would rather undertaking everything by myself than asking help from anyone,my dream has changed me, but I should be happy about that because dream is my new badge of specialness and I’m proud of that.

It got dark but I still couldn’t help taking pictures of beautiful sunset even  i didn’t find a place to stay ,cherish the moment we have is important. I prayed for just having a bench from rain and wind to stay for the night,I never lose my hope because I’m walking on His path. The third time I walked into the biggest and newest hotel in town because I thought the bench in their garden would be a nice spot for me, so I asked the people at front desk if I could sleep on their bench in the garden tonight and I will leave early the next morning so nobody would see me , she said she has to ask,after made a phone call she said there is a Christian Shelter just two blocks away! It was so exciting for a Christian!!it was like going home for me! 

It was my first time to stay at shelter but I don’t feel like being homeless, because my Lord is my shelter, Jesus is my home!

Even the simple word on the towel made me touched to cry ” Don’t be afraid,God love you!”, I know that’s the words from God,for the children who loves him! The one is blessed who believes him, you shall never in want in Jesus love!

Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

The LORD said, “my beloved children, the darkness cannot overcome the light, and the light is better than the darkness.”! Victory in the light!

The LORD said, “you must remember my grace in you, I am watching you, and I will connect you with more confident people to make you more light 

The LORD said, there is great victory in you, and your prayer will be heard. Angels are working, many things to be accomplished. You have to declare for yourself ,every day more and more bright, the miracles are happening today!

There are 24 hours in a day, but how many of us spending your time worrying but not enjoying ?When facing new challenges, some people say that it is good, I have a new goal! Some people say, well, there’s a lot of pressure! When facing a accident ,some people say, thanks for the tough experience making me strong!Some people say,  why bad things always happen to me me? When facing a chance to travel, some people say great, it’s gonna be a beautiful trip;Some people say, what if the plane crashed? What if I get robbed? What if my ID card get lost?

See, there is always someone who can lead the joy ,but also someone are leaded by worrying,fearless.It is not that you are more miserable than others, it’s because of laziness!You Are lazy to change, so you always let negative thoughts control you! The hard-working people are always trying to change the mode of thinking, just like there are some people living in slums or disabled but still feel happy and thankful every day ,but the one who has everything still not felling satisfied and happy .

From now on, tell yourself , I am a happiness person! Live in the gratitude and contentment that you have, and hand the things you can’t control to God ! I pray for you in the name of Jesus!
第一次住进收容所

自丢失帐篷之后,寻找一个新的帐篷便成为头等紧急大事,昨天在Alpine 逗留了一个下午,这个在跨进新墨西哥之前唯一一个可能有卖帐篷的地方,虽然也是一个小镇但是因为🈶️一所大学所以会有比较多的商店。整个小镇卖帐篷的地方有两家店,第一个五金店唯一最轻的一个帐篷是双人的,虽然犹豫了很久最终还是付了款,然而把它架在车上的时候还是觉得太重了,有7斤多,一般好一点的帐篷都是3斤左右,这4斤的差别实在很大,我可以多背4斤水或者是食物因为他们最终都会消耗掉,但是帐篷会陪伴我永久的旅程,多一点重量都会很不方便,所以想了想还是退了款。在别人的指引下去到第二家店,然后最小的帐篷却是4人的,更大更重了。我知道离开这个小镇就可能离开最后的希望,所以我也在脸书甚至是沙发客上想尽一切办法问有没有人出售旧帐篷甚至吊床也行,但是都没有结果,最终我还是离开前往另一个叫Marfa 的小镇了,有一个叫Robert 的host 提供了他的车库给我住宿,车库有床也有卫生间,他去年骑行了四川,今年打算等尼泊尔开通后从西藏骑行至尼泊尔,感谢他提供这一晚的方便,这是通过一个骑行网提前联系好的住宿,但是接下来的两天,我却得面临着无地可住的处境,其实我早已做好了最坏的打算,所以并不觉得害怕。

  第二天从Marfa-Van Horn,120公里的路程,因为中间有一个路段一直在修路,所以道路窄到没有可以停靠的地方,我也便没有休息,连续骑了80公里一直等到施工路段结束才在这样一个小水泥地上解决午餐。

 其实不休息倒是好的,每天最难的时刻便是休息后的再度启程,长时间骑行带来的双腿双脚的酸痛感便在休息后汹涌而至,有时候真想四肢伸直躺在地上好好的舒展一番,加上下午不仅33度以上的高温,强烈的逆风也是在下午袭来,所以我总是宁愿上午一鼓作气可以骑到终点。这个下午同样如此,40公里的路程却因为超强逆风花费了几乎和上午80公里一样的时间。

 终于抗风摇到终点并在Wendy’s 解决晚餐之后,悲剧的发现后胎又爆了!这已经是第7次了!一个月内爆7次!还有谁?!精疲力尽只想休息一番的我却还是只能瘫在地上为我的坐骑服务,可是这次奇怪的是我却没有检查出内胎上的洞,打完了气一圈圈听了好久仍然没有发现内胎的异常,我只好拿出另一个备用胎换上,这个备用胎也是之前爆掉并打好补丁的,当我费尽周折把它装进外胎装进车里并打气的时候,却发现它在不断的漏气,这个之前补好的胎却因为长时间的磨损已经不能用了。我只好又重新把一切卸下来再次检查之前的那个内胎,结果发现能够不断的打进气但是打气筒的显示仪却仍然显示气压为零,这个找不到问题的过程让我开始觉得有些泄气了,来来往往的人就这样看着蓬头垢面的我坐在废轮胎堆里,我自己都觉得有些辛酸,心疼自己几秒钟后还是得重振旗鼓为自己加油打气,后来发现是阀门出了问题,最后只能拿出唯一的一个新内胎换上,祈祷能够撑到下一个车店之前不要爆胎。

  这样一番忙活后已是7点多了,没有住所的我只能祈祷能够带着我的睡袋哪怕有一个避风的长椅都行。第一次我有打算停留在一个废旧的房屋里,有一只特别小的流浪狗本来在里面休息,看见我后拼命的往外跑,我有点心疼的走开了,我说小狗你还是回去吧,我也是无家可归的人了又何必让你也无家可归呢。

第二次我看到一个汽车旅馆,一对夫妻正在外面除草,他们问我是不是住宿,我说我没有钱住宿帐篷也丢了能否带着我的睡袋住在他们的干洗房里,他们直接回绝了。第一次被这样赤裸裸的拒绝倒是让我有些难受,我过去自认清高有时宁愿打肿脸充胖子也不愿为五斗米折腰,然而梦想却让我不得不改变,其实想想也是值得高兴,穷到只剩梦想也是另一种清高。

  天已经开始黑下来,在为住所发愁时仍然忍不住拍了下黄昏,美景未必时常在,珍惜眼前。这个时候我已经没有太多要求了,只是祈祷神让我找到一个安静遮风挡雨的椅子度过这一夜便好,我从来没有一个失去过希望,也没有一刻失去过对神的仰望,因为我知道我永远走在神的道路里。最后我走进了一家酒店,是这个小镇上新开的最大的一家酒店,因为我看中了他们花园里的长椅,我想这该是最安全的地方了,哪怕不能遮风挡雨但也能睡的踏实。我告诉前台我的需求问她是否可以在长椅上露宿,因为晚上花园没有人走动也不会影响到他们营业,她说需要打电话咨询下,我默默的祈祷说天父啊就让我今晚在此安家吧。过了一会儿她告诉我说前面两个街区有一个基督教收容所,他们免费给无家可归的人提供住宿,我可以住在那里。那一刻我激动万分,没错,这就是耶稣基督的带领,作为一个基督徒,当听到这样的地方我就像奔向自己的家一样的开心。

  按了按门铃后,里面有两个接待的女人为我开了门,他们让我填完表后便给我洗漱用品并指引我房间和浴室,这是一个基督教会开放给无家可归的人提供的住所,然而我却并不觉得自己是无家可归,耶和华就是我的避难所,基督就是我的家! 

   仅仅是毛巾上的一句话也能让我感动到泪流不止”Don’t be afraid,God love you “(不要害怕,上帝爱你!)我知道这是神给我的话,也是给所有爱他的子女的话,信他的人是多么有福!因为光是他的爱便可以让你得着世间一切的满足!

   以塞亚58:11 耶和华也必时常引导你,在干旱之地,使你心满意足,骨头强壮。你必象浇灌的园子,又象水流不绝的泉源。

    主说:我所爱的儿女,黑暗不能胜过光,光胜过黑暗!在光明中有得胜!

主说:你要记得我的恩宠在你身上,我在关注着你,我也把你连结到更多有信心的人,使你更多地发出光来。

主说:在你里面有极大的得胜,你的祷告要蒙垂听。天使正在做工,许多的事情就要成就。你也要为自己这样宣告,每天亮光越来越强,今天要有神迹发生!

     一天有24个小时,可是想想我们中有多少人是让忧虑占据你的时间而非喜乐?当面临新的挑战,有的人说,真好,我又有新的目标了!有的人说,唉,又有新的压力了!当面临一个不好的遭遇,有的人说,感谢这次遭遇让我变的更坚强!有的人说,唉,为什么不幸的总是我?当面临一次旅行的机会,有的人说,太棒了,又是一次美丽的经历!有的人说,要是飞机失事怎么办?要是路上被抢怎么办?要是身份证丢失怎么办?

看吧,总有的人可以成功引领喜乐,也总有的人被忧虑,害怕,担心牵引,不是你比别人过的惨,而是因为你懒!你懒的去改变,所以总让负面思想控制你!而勤快的人却总是会想法设法改变思维模式,就像有人生活在贫民窟或者身体残疾却每天感恩觉得自己很快乐幸福,有人平安健康吃穿不愁却觉得自己一无所有。

  从今天起,告诉自己,我很幸福!活在你所拥有的感恩和知足里,把你无法控制和改变的忧虑和恐惧去交给神,奉耶稣的名祝福大家!

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