Bruce Walker's Story-Texas Rider
I grew up riding a borrowed Honda CT70. We lived in the country and we rode the lake bottoms of Lake Lewisville near Denton, TX. I married my College Sweetheart “Sweet Julie” in 1993 and have two sons Cooper and Connor. I became a Christian in Jr High and have always had a heart for missions. My parents took me on my very first mission trip to Mexico when I was 12 years old. In college I went with Campus Crusade for Christ to Myrtle Beach, Daytona Beach, Kiev-the capital of Ukraine. With Midway I took my family on a mission trip to Africa and Nicaragua. We have been at Midway Church since 2009 and I teach an adult Sunday School class and have served as an Elder since 2013. I own and operate a laundromat in Denton WashItKwik.com and have 9 of the most awesome employees I’ve ever had.
The seed for this ride was planted when my oldest son Cooper and I rode the Trans-Amercian Trail from Tennessee to Oregon in the Summer of 2014 and 2015.http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/walkers-ride-the-tat-on-a-xr650l.979185/ We had the best time of our lives riding 5,000 miles or mainly dirt roads across the USA all the way to the coast of Oregon. In January 2014 I went to Nicaragua with Midway Church to meet Brian Weed and Max Kennedy to see how Midway could get involved with their missions program. Immediately Brian and I connected like "brothers from another mother.”
When Brian came for our Midway Missions conference we did a motorcycle ride on some dual sport Honda XR650ls and had a hoot! When we returned I quipped that I’d dreamed about doing a ride through Central America. We talked about it at length and determined that the ride would take too long for a round trip. No problem! We could just ride the bikes down and donate them and fly back. Then Brian (like any good missionary) made our trip into a fundraiser. In addition to donating a motorcycle we have to raise an additional $10,000 each to give to Familia Avance to build these youth sports complexes.
I had several friends who I knew would be “all in” and a few others who might be interested. As it turns out, two men from my Sunday School class are going. (that’s what I call goooooooooood teachin’) As soon as Paul got the green light he was ready to buy a bike that day. Jeff soon followed and we have a few who are still on the fence. God has already opened the doors for a Ride Extreme in Africa, and Ride Extreme in Cuba so stay tuned. We are all busy prepping our bikes and raising funds. It is fun to see all the interest in this epic adventure and I look forward to many more.
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