It is really hard to believe that I have been on the road for a little over 8 months. As of December 01, 2019, I have cycled 7,545.63 miles (12,073.01 km) in 21 states. I have been able to speak 63 times at churches along the way. Currently, I am cycling West across Louisiana. My current goal is to get into SE Texas to see how the recovery effort is going in Orange and Port Arthur. This area of Texas was badly flooded during Tropical Depression Imelda and Hurricane Harvey. From Port Arthur, I will continue cycling along the Gulf Coast to either Galveston or Freeport.
My health has really improved since I have been on the heart medication. I have my last appointment with the cardiologist on March 19th. Since getting the okay to exercise on January 15 and the good news that the EF (Ejection Fracture (percentage of blood going through the heart with every heartbeat)) has gotten back up to 55, which is normal, I have been really walking to get back into shape. I have been walking up to 11 miles or more a day. I am taking my recumbent "Allison" to a bike shop nearby tomorrow to get her repaired.
I am really hoping to get back on the road (weather permitting) as early as March 22nd. I'd like to get on the road before March 27th, which is the 26th anniversary of the start of my ministry. When I do head out from Hattiesburg, MS, my plan is to go to the affected areas in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi that were damaged by tornadoes in the past month to try and help out with the recovery effort or to at least give the people prayer support. I have some connections with several churches in the affected area especially the First Presbyterian Church in Wetumpka, Alabama. This is before I head to Mexico Beach and Panama City, Florida that were both hit by last year's hurricane.