Thank you everyone for the support!! I received all of your messages and they really encouraged me to keep riding!! God have me a wonderful ride and I went over my goal so much more than I thought I could! I never thought I could bike that much. Also, sorry for not giving any updates towards the end. I was trying to stay with a pack who was keeping me on a great pace and only had time to eat and drink a little bit before we headed out again.
Just finished my 4th loop! Thank you God for keeping me safe and awake! I also appreciate the amazing riders I get to ride with. Now I'm going to take a nap in my warm tent!
Having fun even though it's starting to get more painful! I have a great pacing team! I also ran into a colony of grasshoppers!
Just finished 38 miles! Feeling good, but my muscles are sore. I rode with Amy and another group of bikers and got a great draft. The Lord has so far been keeping us strong even with the big gusts of wind that almost blew us off our feet!
I have decided to do the Agony Ride this year in order to support Christen Encounter Ranch. They do so much to help high schooler's who struggle with addictions, hardships, and more. I want the kids to know that they are loved and people care about them. After one of the highschoolers stayed with my family for a little bit, I learned about the hardships they go through and how it is comforting for them to know that people care about them. It is also especially comforting for them to know that they have a purpose in God. I will also be doing this bike ride on my birthday and it will be worth it to spend the day helping others instead of myself. If you decided to sponsor me I will appreciate even the slightest donation to motivate me to keep biking.
I also wanted to share this poem that talks about why I'm riding for these kids. They may think that their nothing or almost gone, till the master's hand comes and shows them their worth. "The Touch of the Master's Hand" 'Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer Thought it scarcely worth his while To waste much time on the old violin, But held it up with a smile. "What am I bidden, good folks," he cried, "Who'll start the bidding for me?" "A dollar, a dollar. Then two! Only two? Two dollars, and who'll make it three?" "Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice; Going for three…" But no, From the room, far back, a grey-haired man Came forward and picked up the bow; Then wiping the dust from the old violin, And tightening the loosened strings, He played a melody pure and sweet, As a caroling angel sings. The music ceased, and the auctioneer, With a voice that was quiet and low, Said: "What am I bid for the old violin?" And he held it up with the bow. "A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two? Two thousand! And who'll make it three? Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice, And going and gone," said he. The people cheered, but some of them cried, "We do not quite understand. What changed its worth?" Swift came the reply: "The touch of the Master's hand." And many a man with life out of tune, And battered and scarred with sin, Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd Much like the old violin. A "mess of pottage," a glass of wine, A game — and he travels on. He is "going" once, and "going" twice, He's "going" and almost "gone." But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd Never can quite understand The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought By the touch of the Master's hand.
Thank you for choosing to sponsor Anna! Your gift will make a difference in the lives of many young people.
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Congratulations Anna on your next adventure. You are an amazing young woman an a incredible athlete. God will pull you through when things get tough. Always rely on Him! Have an amazing journey! I can’t wait to hear how it goes Love, Trixie
Good job Anna.
Happy 17th birthday Anna and what a wonderful ministry and effort you are making to support them! Blessings, Cenia, Scott, and Sophia (7 years old) (your dad and mom's friends in Boston)
Hi Anna, Thank you for reaching out to us. We would love to donate to your 24-hour Bike-a-thon to raise money for CER. What a wonderful organization to help those teens/young adults get back on track with their lives. It sounds like amazing work that they do and we would love to contribute. Hope all is well and we look forward to hearing about your ride and experience. Love, Ann and Steve
Anna, We wish you a safe and fun ride as you work toward your goal! It sounds like a very worthy cause! Love, Aunt Kristin & Uncle Matt
Hi Anna!!! 😄👍😊 You got this!!!
Yay, Anna! Thank you for riding!
Proud of you Anna! What an amazing way to spend your Saturday- YOU GO GIRL!!! Prayers for a safe and FUN ride and may the amount you raise go to wonderful things to help fulfill God's will.
What a great way to spend your birthday!
We love you! God is going to sustain you!
GO ANNA! Praying for you!
Thank you for riding for the CER students! We love your passion for God and helping others. May God stregthen your legs and heart to keep riding. Make us pay! Love, Shoko, Tom & Grace
Danielle and I wish you the very best in this event. You're very inspiring!
You’re amazing, Anna! Happy Birthday to one inspirational young woman!
Great job Anna! That is so many miles. How are the hands, arms, but, legs, and all your other body parts holding up. I bet you are exhausted! I want to do this next year! Looks like so much fun, minus all the pain…
I am so proud to know such a strong woman like you. Ride on Anna!
You are a testimony
Okay….202 miles. You are legit. Very respectable distance!
I'm loving following along with your updates. Keep it up lady! Praying for your musclea. ❤️
We Love you Anna Keep enjoying each moment on your very special Birthday…..🌈💕🙏
I'm proud of you, Anna, going beyond your goal (and beyond what I've ever ridden!) and smiling the whole way. enjoy your nap!
Wow! You are awesome! What a joyous adventure.
Good job Anna. You are amazing just like your mom!
You are doing amazing! Over 126 miles! Wow. Way to go Anna. So proud of you :)
Stay strong! We are rooting for you!
Way to go Anna. You have already gone 76 miles! Now is when the really tough work begins! I have faith that you can persevere and finish what you set out to do. When your body starts to ache hold tight to God’s promises. His strength will carry you through! You can do all things through God who strengthens you! Love you sweet girl. Keep shining for all to see! Praying for you!
GOOOOOO Anna!!! Your sweet mom just reached out to update us on your ride. You are a super star.. 78 miles already, WOW!! Your mom sent us a photo as well and you look so happy and exhilarated!! We are excited for you and rooting and praying for you here in LA!! You are raising money for such a wonderful cause and we are so proud of you Anna!! Stay safe and strong and enjoy .. you are amazing!! Love, Ann and Steve, Jon, Katherine (Brian) and Chris (Sarah) XOXOX
You rock, Anna!!! You can do this!