We are in Athens, Tennessee right now, a little northeast of Chattanooga. Yesterday was a very mountainous day for us as we rode over the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. Nearing the Tennessee border, Wilberforce (Jonathan's Ruckus) began to have a rattle. I'll save the details for later, but the rattle is pretty involved. It's a crankshaft bearing. I don't know what that entails, but it would basically be cheaper to buy a new Ruckus rather than fix it.
So, we are sitting in a shop right now as Wilberforce gets a new rear tire (still not holding air), new brakes, a new front clutch, and a new set of weights. We have no idea how long Wilberforce will run, but we will press on. It runs normal, but the problem is purty (when in Rome) disconcerting. I know it's a strange request, but please continue to uphold these machines with prayer. They get a couple weeks of flatlands here, so that will be good for them. Our roughest terrain is still to come, though. Wilberforce and Harriet have been very effective in their task of inciting conversations, and we pray that it will continue.
God is good. All the time.