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By LuAnn Schindler

Ohio cyclists travel Cowboy Trail


August 31, 2023

LuAnn Schindler | SAM

Fund drive • (l-r): Bike Hope Love members Dr. Ken Gifford, Chuck Peal, Becky Gifford, Tal Lewis, Caleb Lewis, Wayne Demer and Ralph Enstad relax after a 56-mile bicycle ride along the Cowboy Trail. The group spent Aug. 21 in Ewing at the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church before the second leg of the four-day mission trip.

Cycling along the Cowboy Trail in the 105-degree heat requires faith for safe travels.

It also requires hope for a successful mission. It's definitely a labor of love and a means to do the Lord's work.

For a group of Ohio cyclists, who spent Aug. 21 in Ewing, it's all in a day's pedaling.

"Our group started in the late 1980s," said Dr. Ken Gifford, a retired pastor from Youngstown, Ohio.

Originally known as the Pedaling Parsons, the group was comprised of Methodist church pastors "who shared a passion for cycling, community and helping their vulnerable neighbors."

Since then, the Eastern Oh...

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