By Arvid Loewen, Paul Loewen, David Balzer

Am i able to do that? I requested myself. i might been repeating a similar query for the final 24 hours. humans appear to say, "It's Arvid-of path he can do it." in the event that they knew what percentage occasions I struggled with self-doubt, with the query of no matter if I may still motorbike one other kilometre, they might by no means believe so convinced. This used to be a kind of instances. Giving up now used to be, for me, symbolic of giving up at the teenagers at MCF. lots of them have been deserted by way of mom and dad, family and society, left to fend for themselves. God had by no means given up on them, and that i used to be not likely to hand over a foolish motorbike journey. i determined: i can't surrender. while Arvid set out on a forty km motorcycle journey basically to renounce after 30 km, his destiny as a bicycle owner appeared bleak. but, greater than 15 years later, Arvid used to be racing along the world's such a lot elite ultra-marathon athletes. this is often his tale of failure, braveness, sadness, triumph and laughter-and a number of existence classes alongside the best way.

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When Quitting Is Not an Option: My Road to Cycling, a Guinness World Record, and Making a Difference

Am i able to do that? I requested myself. i might been repeating a similar query for the final 24 hours. humans appear to say, "It's Arvid-of path he can do it. " in the event that they knew what number instances I struggled with self-doubt, with the query of no matter if I should still motorcycle one other kilometre, they might by no means think so convinced.

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Nevertheless, we were in a country that didn’t care what we worshipped or who we were, and it was now home. With the tools they were given, my grandparents and their families set to becoming agricultural farmers. This included growing peanuts, cotton, and a small amount of grain. Agricultural farming is very dependent on the weather—particularly rain. The landscape of the Chaco (our territory in Paraguay) is mostly flat, like the prairies, with open fields and meadows. The natural grass (bitter grass that the cattle and horse can’t eat) grows three or four feet high, surrounded by bush.

Arvid, standing on the cistern in a family photo. Note the Heidemann bike Arvid rode as a 5-year-old. With his parents, sitting on the Ford/Chevy hybrid truck Arvid in the centre of his family photo wearing a plaid shirt 3. New Beginnings: Canada, Part 1 I followed Art’s feet out of the airplane, not wanting to make my first stride in the new country a stumble. When I crossed the line from the airplane’s walkway into the airport, I took a deep breath. This was Canadian air. We had arrived, and there was a whirlwind of emotions bubbling up from inside of me—we had left a difficult country, but it had been our home; we were in a new place, full of promise; this land was full of unknowns, including work, housing and a language that I’d never spoken.

Prayer warriors—friends, family, the MCF family: With God all things are possible. 1. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. ClicClicClicCliCliClClClCCC. The ticking of my wheels picked up speed as I crested the slight hill and started moving downwards again. Behind me, I could hear the revving of the support crew vehicle taper off as they, too, coasted with a bit more speed. That slight uphill was nothing compared to what I had already experienced in the first five days of the ride. Five days? I asked myself.

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