Bike Trip // 單車之旅

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A bicycling adventure in Hainan reveals God’s guidance and provision during unexpected challenges.
到海南單車環島行,從未料到的考驗中看到神的帶領和供應。

Introduction- Lolly

Hello! Over the course of Chinese New Year, a few of us went to Hai Nan to do a bike-athon, going from Haikao to Sanya. It was our aim to raise money for the V2Cproject. Initially we estimated a total of 320km of cycling to be spread over five days, but in truth we completed 379kms in four days. It was a truly amazing trip filled with adventure, surprise and God’s unfailing hand. Let me introduce team, We are Lolly, Sharon, Shiron, Hillman and Terence.

Provision

There’s no other way to put it, except that God really has been providing abundantly even before the trip. Our flights were sponsored, so was the insurance that covered the entire team. Whilst on the road, we knew we’d have had to find accommodation as we go, because all the hotels have been booked up due to the holiday season. Though reassured by our tour guide- Robert that we’d have lodging, it was still amazing to find out that we had a place to stay every night and the quality of the hotels kept on getting better whilst the price kept on getting slimmer. It was comforting to know that God is our shepherd and that He provides for us.

First day

This first day is not one that is likely to be forgotten any time soon. Despite a shaky start, we made headway towards our first rendezvous. However it wasn’t until past sunset that we were informed that we’ve been travelling in the wrong direction and was currently stranded in the middle of nowhere. After a few rather terrifying kilometers backtracking in the dark we stumbled across a storm drain that somehow took us onto the highway, where we braved another 15km to finally reach our destination, 4 hours late… Rushing to the nearest restaurant we settled down for our well-deserved grub only to find that Jesus was literally lighting our way ( for the food at least). I guess God answers prayers after all, just wasn’t expecting it so literally.

Enjoyment

Over the course of the next two days, we tackled all kinds of terrain from highways, to mudslides down the side of a mountain, from the deathtrap that is cycling amongst the cars in the city to lonely misted roads without anyone else in sight. We also met a good many of the locals, some were restless but mostly they stared at us with astonishment and obvious curiosity. Sometimes they were kind enough to invite us in for dinner or a snack, and it was through these moments where we snapped these amazing shots! We need to take this opportunity to thank our guides- Rober and Ar Wei, who sadly can only be here in spirit today. Our friendships blossomed during this time of hardship and trials, and it was only through these challenges that our team spirit manifested as physical support, gasping encouragements and what not.

Last day

On the last day of the ride, Shiron dismounted her bike in a rather spectacular fashion- whilst travelling at 20kms/hr and having her front tire collide with the rear of Sharon’s bike. However despite the injuries sustained she pushed ahead and climbed a further 2 mountains before succumbing to the weariness and fatigue outside a grocery store. It was at this point when a decision was made, that Shiron accompanied by Lolly would hitch a ride with one of our guides to the finish point, being unable to finish the remaining leg of the bike-a-thon, whilst Sharon, Hillman and Terence would carry on with lightened bikes. At this point, the owner of the shop very kindly offered to make us lunch, this gave us an opportunity to pray for her and her household. We trust that God will do the rest with that regards. We also chalked it up to God’s provision when Lolly and Shiron was able to hitch a ride to Sanya free of charge, whilst being quoted 1500 RMB a mere 15minutes beforehand. As Lolly and Shiron shot towards the finish line, the surviving members of the team raced on ahead to complete the final leg of the trip. Travelling a total of 118km that day, Sharon, Hillman and myself finally arrived at the final hotel at 9:32pm. A further inspection showed that all the energy bars have been eaten and all the water gone as well, just as well! That evening we found ourselves seated at the street corner eagerly awaiting the BBQ dinner to be served, when it finally arrived we attacked it without hesitation leaving quite a carnage on the table afterwards.

Closing

In total, we raised over $180K towards the V2C project. Although it is but a small portion towards the grand total needed, I hope that you would be encouraged by this epic adventure where God’s faithfulness and provisions were so staggeringly obvious.

農曆新年時,我和五個朋友去了海南,踏上一個由海口騎單車到三亞的旅程。我們的目標是要為VC2項目籌款。我們原本計劃在五天裡走畢320公里的路程,但只用四天時間已完成了379公里。這奇妙的旅程充滿了冒險、驚喜和神的信實。讓我介紹我們的隊伍:有我Lolly、Sharon、Shiron、Hillman和Terence。

供應

神在我們的旅程開始之前,已為我們送上源源不絕的供應。我們的機票和整個隊伍的保險都得到贊助。在路上,我們知道我們要不斷尋找容身之處,因為是假期的關係,所有酒店都已爆滿,導遊Rober說我們一定會找到住宿,更奇妙的是,我們入住的酒店,一晚比一晚具質素,但價錢卻越來越低!我們深知是我們的牧者一直為我們預備、為我們供應。

第一天

第一天的旅程十分難忘,一開始不太順利,我們向著第一個會合點進發,可是,日落後我們才知道原來走錯了方向,被困在一個荒野之中。經過幾小時摸黑走回頭路的驚險旅程,我們找到一個大水渠,沿著這個大水渠走15公里之後,我們終於到達目的地,但比原定計劃足足遲了4個小時。

我們餓得衝向最近的餐廳,發現其實耶穌一直照料著我們,因為至少祂沒有讓我們捱餓。我猜想,神認真地垂聽了我們的禱告,只是沒想過祂會這麽直接地回應。

享受

之後的兩日,我們應付了不同的地形,包括:高速公路、山邊的泥流、熙來攘往的馬路,還有孤寂的小路。我們也認識了一些當地人,雖然有些人對我們感到煩躁不安,不過大部份對我們都感到興趣和驚訝,有些人更熱情地請我們吃小吃或晚飯,這些精彩動人的時刻,我們都一一拍下。

我們需要趁這個機會去感謝我們的導遊Rober和阿偉,很可惜,他們今天不能與我們同行,但他們的精神卻跟我們在一起。經過這些試煉和難關之後,我們的友誼日增,透過互相支持和鼓勵,我們更能體現這份團隊精神。

最後一天

在旅程的最後一天,Shiron以一個「壯觀」的姿態從單車上跌下來…

她以時速20公里的速度撞向Sharon單車的尾部,儘管她受了傷,但仍推著單車走過兩座山,到了一家士多前才出現疲態。

這時候,我們一致認為Lolly應該陪同Shiron乘車到終點站,而Sharon、Hillman和Terence則帶著輕省的行李繼續完成旅程。這時店鋪的老闆細心地為我們預備午餐,這給予我們機會為她和她的家人禱告,我們相信神會繼續照料他們。原本我們預計由當地乘車去三亞需要1,500元人民幣的,但Lolly和Shiron竟然能夠乘搭順風車,我們又再一次看見神的供應!

她們朝著目的地進發時,而其他隊員則繼續上路,完成餘下的旅程。經過118公里的路程後,大家在晚上9:32到達酒店,但同時發現所有乾糧和水都沒有了!那天晚上,我們坐在街角,等待街邊售賣燒烤的小販出現,當他們出現之後,我們立刻飛身上前大吃大喝。

結果

我們為VC2一共籌了18萬港元。雖然這只是一小部份的款項,但我們希望這個充滿神的信實和供應的旅程,能夠給予你們一個鼓勵。

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