Guest Blogger- Daun
When I first decided to join this amazing adventure, I knew that it was going to be just that... an amazing (and crazy) adventure. This is my first Eagles Wings event and I feel so privileged to be part of it. First off, Reid is a legend. I joined the team in Townsville and it didn’t take long for me to grasp the enormity of what he is doing. Sure, there were meetings ahead of time, looking at maps and seeing where he would ride, but it wasn’t until I was here, on the road, travelling those distances that it really hit me just what he is doing. I know that he is tired, he is in pain, but he just keeps going... with a great attitude To Reid, this ride is not about Reid. It’s about children in Africa. When I begin to feel the fatigue of long days I remind myself of Reid, and the fact that I am living the good life compared to him. In the same way I know that this is what keeps Reid motivated and moving- reminding himself that the suffering that children in Africa endure is much more than what he is experiencing.
As for the Aussie Challenge... the journey has just begun. Australia is a beautiful place with beautiful people (that’s one reason this American hopes to stay forever in Australia). Looking ahead I know there will be ups and downs along the way, but through it all we will keep our eyes on the Lord. He is our strength and refuge.
I am quickly learning that Reid has a great sense of humour. We have had some good laughs. I thought I’d share one of my not so finest, but funny, moments with you. We were in Charters Towers (day 4) and just before Reid rode off into the night I prayed with him. He is suffering from sores on his backside, and in my prayers for his butt (yes, I did pray for that) I somehow ended up praying that God would remove his butt. Of course God knew that I meant the sores, but nonetheless, we laughed... and it those laughs carried us through the night.