DAY 37

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DAY 37

DAY 37. July 8.
The Pedaling Priest has not yet reached Canada - he's still in Detroit! During an interview with Peggy from Power from the Pews, Fr. Hilton rested his bicycle on her car so they could watch the boat come in. Peggy accidentally backs up the car right over our Pedaling Priest's bike. CRUNCH!

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DAY 36

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DAY 36

DAY 36, July 7.
The Pedaling Priest starts his morning in Frankenmuth and rode 105 miles to Marine City under heavy rain. Riding along a very dense, heavily forested trail near Otter Lake, the Pedaling Priest experiences a melancholy beauty - rain falling in the dark forest, gray skies, foxes and toads leaping across his path. Tears begin to fall as the Pedaling Priest ponders the enchanted beauty around him and how it's not beautiful nor permanent enough for what he desires - a heavinly homeland.

Tomorrow he'll cross over the St. Claire River and take a ferry into Ontario, Canada!

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Day 35

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Day 35

The Pedaling Priest is now in Frankenmuth Michigan. This town is German inspired and all the buildings look as if you were in Germany. He started in Midland and rode along beautiful lake Heron. There were 3 people waiting for him so that they could join him on his ride, how nice! Tomorrow onto Canada.

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Day 34

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Day 34

The Pedaling Priest traveled 70+ miles today from Reed City Michigan to Midland. There is a great trail system called "Rails to Tails" where they took all the old railroad tracks and converted them to bike paths. Father Hilton had a break from sharing the road with cars and was sharing the trail with fellow riders. Next stop Lake Heron!

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Day 33

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Day 33

Father Hilton is now in Detroit. He met a nice gentleman who is a Caldean Catholic. Detroit is home to the largest US population of Caldean Catholics. Currently there is a large issue in the middle east where the Caldean Catholics are being pushed out of their homes and churches by ISIS. Let us keep them all in our prayers. More from the road tomorrow!

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DAY 31

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DAY 31

DAY 31. July 2nd - Journey from Green Bay to Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Beyond. Today is an absolutely beautiful blue bird day, riding forty miles with fine companions - cycling doesn't get any better than this. We spent the morning passing one meticulously cared for dairy farm after another through the heart of the Wisconsin agricultural countryside.

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DAY 32

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DAY 32

Our very own Judy Dunn parishoner out of Aspen, Colorado invites The Pedaling Priest into her lovely Michigan home on the lake. Father Hilton is overwhelmed by the support from those who've come out to see him and those supporting from home.

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DAY 30

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DAY 30

Traveling through the beautiful Wisconsin farmlands and dairylands, the Pedaling Priest arrives at the home of friends and fellow Aspen parishioners just in time for a morning show interview. Father Hilton is excited to be dressed in actual clericals he received from a care package.

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Day 28

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Day 28

The Pedaling Priest in now in Boulder Wisconsin. He traveled a full 72 miles today! Tomorrow he is onto Green Bay for the beginning of week 5. While staying at this lodge they witnessed a few large family gatherings. It was a great reminder of how important family really is. More from the road tomorrow!

Day 28.

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Day 27

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Day 27

Father Hilton left Mercer Wisconsin and is now traveling in the north woods. It is a beautiful area. He arrived in Rhinelander and is staying an a nice tranquil cabin. The area has fire pits so it looks like a camp fire kind of night. More from the road tomorrow.

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Day 26

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Day 26

The Pedaling Priest left the lake Superior area, headed south to the interior of the state and arrived in Mercer Wisconsin. There are so many flies and they are huge! Luckily they didn't pick him up and fly him away! His journey will continue tomorrow so be sure to check back to see his progress.

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Day 25

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Day 25

Father Hilton left Duluth Minnesota and arrived in Wisconsin after a 60 mile journey. The trip started off not quite as intended. The Pedaling Priest made it onto a highway that unknowingly turned into a two lane bridge with no shoulder. Had the police officer not told him that there is no room for him on the bridge he would have been completely stuck! Luckily everything turned out ok and he made a safe trek to his destination.

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Day 24

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Day 24

Father Hilton is in Minnesota near Lake Superior and getting ready to venture into Wisconsin. It's hard to believe that it's already day 24! Msgr. Ron helps send The Pedaling Priest on his way!

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Day 23

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Day 23

Father Hilton made it to Whipple Minnesota where he and his best friend Ron have been celebrating the feast of St. John the Baptist. They wish you all a blessed feast day! More updates tomorrow.

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Day 22

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Day 22

Father Hilton has made it to Park Rapids Minnesota. So far he has traveled over 1,700 miles and is just about at the half way mark. More from the road tomorrow!

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Day 21

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Day 21

The Pedaling Priest has made it to Fargo North Dakota where he had the pleasure to spend some time with his best friend of 40 years!

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DAY 18

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DAY 17

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DAY 17

Despite the difficult headwind all day - Father Hilton stays in good spirits and prays for us.

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