The day started with riders enjoying another fine meal at the Gibbon UMC. Egg casserole, fruit, muffins and pastries sent riders off happy and satisfied. And with SAG support not far off, no one ever goes without proper carbo-loading on a NUMB Ride.
Not all NUMB Rides end as well as today's. Today really could be described as a perfect day for a ride. Temperatures were unbelievably mild for July. The wind was negligible the first half of the route and very tolerable for the rest. The agricultural lands we passed could not have looked more impressive with the recent rains that have fallen without the damage of hail and wind.
The annual ride is always a time of reflection for me. I have family and friends that join on the ride and for a few days I don't look at my email (unless forced) I write a few blogs, post some pictures and help raise money for hunger projects.
I was excited to learn that one of the projects being supported this year is Africa University's agricultural program. The goal is to teach best farming and agricultural practices that will help the countries of Africa. I also appreciate the advocacy of Bread for the World and work they do in Washington, D.C., to promote food security.
I also get very moved by the idea that all 93 county food banks in Nebraska benefit directly from the NUMB Ride.
I was fascinated by the shapes and contours of the "found" road-side views today ... perfect crop rows, elevators, poles, tubes, pipes, rumble bars, stripes and such, all made for interesting viewing. I placed the photos of people and places on the NUMB facebook.
I placed my study of repetitive shapes on my own facebook,