Day Two proved to be significantly smoother than Day One. The riders achieved 160 kilometers and about five hills. The relatively flat trails in the morning brought the riders to the first two checkpoints in smiles and great timing. Lunch was an early highlight of the day as riders and support crew munched on delicious tuna sandwiches, pear slices, and homemade rice balls. An amiable spirit enveloped the lunch grounds as chatter and laughter embraced. Many riders spent their rest periods dousing their aching muscles in pain relief spray (“pas”), yet their physical pain could not penetrate their spirits.
The second half of the day presented more arduous climbs than the first half had reassured; however, the breathtaking scenery and growing camaraderie within teams overpowered the climbs. This was evident in the many team selfies that surfaced on social media today. After another challenging day, the riders (and support crew!) were rewarded with mouth-watering Korean BBQ and cheerful conversations throughout dinner. Crew members and teammates were able to trade humorous and memorable moments from the day, solidifying this ride as one to be dearly remembered.
Tonight, during prayer and worship, Pastor John-Michael shared the heart behind Isaiah 66:7-8 for Korea. At times, we may view this nation as slow-changing—even hopeless—yet as Israel was historically able to become a nation in one day, so Korea too can rise victorious in the course of a day through the Lord. Circled inside a parking lot situated in a neighborhood prone to prostitution, this message impacted all of us powerfully. We ended the night responding in prayer—a hurricane ready to spread, sweep, and destroy the Enemy’s throne.