Each year for about 10 years now, Dodi and I (and Little Critter since he was about 5) have held a biker's rest stop for those bikers going to Austin for the ROT Biker Rally. Now, if you don't live in Texas, you have no clue what this is. But it's a huge (like about 70,000 bikers) Motorcycle Rally held down in Austin each June. It's a secular rally which means we've never actually gone to it because it's mostly drunk, scantily dressed and/or hung over bikers. (For those who don't know we've been bikers for over 10 years....with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. And yes, I do have my own Harley and have logged more miles than Dodi! In fact for over a year I was the road captain and led our group on all rides....which was totally unheard of at the time...for a woman to be road captain! And that's where the name Spitfire originally came from.....the bikers.)
Well, this year, we opted to do 4 days of rest stop. Usually we only did 3 full days and sometimes part of a 4th day. But this year, Dodi really felt called to do all four days....whew. We got up between 6am and 6:30am each morning, loaded 6 ice chests with ice, drove 40 miles to the nearest Harley dealer, unloaded the canopy, table, ice chests, chairs, tracts, Bibles and our selves and proceeded to water, juice and witness to hundreds of bikers all day. The weather was between 90 and 100 degrees with humidity levels from 50-75 percent. It was miserable the last two days!!! The first two days it was cloudy so wasn't too horrible....just humid! But we got to share with SO many folks looking for a way to feel better about themselves and their lives. It was incredible! And the folks at Horny Toad Harley are the best!!! We've known them for over 10 years, and each year they just treat us like royalty. It's great!
But it's over for another year....and to be honest, I'm glad. Staying outside in the heat, the wind and the noise for 8 hours or more gets tough. I love visiting with folks, although explaining my voice gets old (I don't have one....it sounds like I have a bad case of laryngitis....but that IS my voice. Sigh.) And I LOVE getting to talk about Yeshua, the Kingdom of my Father, and prayer with these people...but. Of course, we've already started working on ways to impact more folks next year...and I'm sure I'll be right in the thick of it again...but I can honestly say I'm glad we're finished for this year. (What a baby I am, heh?) I just pray some of the seeds we planted will get watered and come to fruition.
Well, I've gotta get to bed, we leave in the morning on a trip I won as a new partner in our H & R Block office, and then to see Grandma. I'll post as I can on the road but fair warning....Internet is tricky at best at Grandma's! So if I'm quite for the next 10 days, it's just that I can't get Internet access at Grandma's. So be blessed this next week, and be sure to listen for Papa's voice asking you to fulfill His Great Commission. Tell the world how wonderful He is! They need to hear it!!! Shalom, Spitfire