Great weather, beautiful scenery, leg cramps, a lot of sports drink, even more water and an intense hunger exemplify the Day 1 of Bike Out Hunger – Texas 2013 as we rode from The Woodlands to Giddings.
I am so proud of the riders today, some of whom completed their first century ride and many others their second or third. The determination of all the riders astounded me and I’m continually amazed at everyone’s attitude, willingness to work so hard to raise money, awareness and action for ending the cycle of hunger.
One of the things that helps me understand the hunger that way too many of our neighbors experience is the physical need for food that riding 100 miles in a day creates. Most of the time when I eat, there isn’t a need for food – it’s mostly routine. Today it was a need, but here’s the difference: I knew exactly when, 6 pm, and where, First Assembly of God church in Giddings, and even what, great spaghetti, I was going to have for supper. Those parents, children, families who are food insecure don’t even have that luxury which can only compound the issue.