As we wait at the May Ranch in Minden, Nevada area, I will share with you a few meandering thoughts and reflections about our experience on this cross country ride thus far. Apache is making baby-step improvements, but at least it is in the right direction. Jeannette is feeling much better, but still suffers from vertigo after the nasty cold. Once she is recovered and strong enough to continue, we expect to head on down the trail once again, but taking it slow until Apache is fully recovered.
As you can imagine, a stop for this long has been quite frustrating. However, it is yet again testament to God’s timing and provision. First, it is a blessing that both Jeannette and Apache were sick at the same time- not to mention that we have a host family who has welcomed us to stay for this long. But a recent connection just blew us away concerning the timing. We got connected with the supervisor of the Nevada portion of the American Discovery Trail and he is meeting with us in a couple days to go over maps, tricky sections, and areas where we will need back up with water and horse feed. We had hoped to be getting through this hot, dry area of the country before the dead of summer, but it turns out that they are doing trail work through the months of June and July- which is exactly when we will be going through. This means that numerous members of the American Discovery Trail will be accessible to us, even in the remote areas, and we will have frequent access to help – water in particular.
This reminds me of the many other times we had delays- especially through California. We had a major accident, logistical issues, nearly a 100 mile detour due to snow, and growing delays due to Apache’s health. It was encouraging to be moving forward, but it seemed that there was no end to the hardships. Many people, however, have encouraged us that these are just the growing pains of the beginning and surely it will smooth out soon. But despite all these delays, one thing remains constant- God’s provision and timing. Each time there has been a delay, there has been a very specific person or group of people who have had the skills or connections necessary, as well as the willingness, to help us through the particular trial. Even down to the collection of delays- we now have perfectly timed help all the way through the remote areas of Nevada! If we have learned anything through this, it is that even the most carefully created plans are only guidelines. They get you started and point you in the right direction, but then you figure it out (or pray it out!) from there. But that’s life, isn’t it?