Thursday, May 14, 2009

Biking for Bibles Across America

Biking for Bibles Across America
California pastor celebrates International Bible Society’s 200th anniversary with coast-to-coast bicycle trip

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX—Dipping his bicycle tires in the Pacific Ocean at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, California, 56-year-old California pastor Randy Gardner began his Biking for Bibles cross-country bicycle trip on Monday, April 20, 2009.

The trip commemorates the 200th anniversary of International Bible Society, an affiliate of IBS-STL Global. Gardner hopes to raise awareness of and funds for IBS’s mission to provide Scripture resources to people worldwide who need the life-changing message of God’s love and mercy.

IBS traces its history to an evening in December 1809, when a group of men met in a home located in lower Manhattan to launch the New York Bible Society, later renamed International Bible Society. Nearly 200 years later, on Friday, May 29, 2009, Gardner will end his trip in this same area of Manhattan, along the historic waterfront of Battery Park.

Weather and health permitting, Gardner will average more than 100 miles daily, with one double-century day (200 miles) on his 3,800-mile journey. This exciting—and grueling—adventure requiresGardner to successfully wheel his way through the California desert, over the Rocky Mountains, through Tornado Alley, across the Ozarks, and over the Mississippi River. Part of his route will include the historic Underground Railroad.

Accompanied by a support team, Gardner will cycle through 14 states: California, Arizona, Nevada,Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Daily destinations are indicated at, where viewers can view Gardner’s itinerary, check his progress, read his blog, and learn more about IBS ministry. Riders are welcome to join along the way and ride at their own pace.

This is Gardner’s second cross-country bike ride for IBS. In April 2003 he pedaled from CabrilloBeach to Victory Monument in Yorktown, Virginia, raising awareness for IBS’ translation ministry.

IBS-STL Global is one of the largest Bible and Christian literature ministries worldwide, translating the Bible into major languages and distributing Christian resources to engage people with the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ. It is the translation sponsor and copyright holder of the New International Version® (NIV) of the Bible, the world’s most widely read contemporary English translation. IBS-STL also holds the copyrights to the Today’s New International Version® (TNIV), Nueva Versión Internacional® (NVI), and 45 international Bible translations. For more information on IBS-STL Global, visit

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Biking for Bibles Ride Across America
April 20 – May 29, 2009
Randy Gardner and support team itinerary

Date Destination

SUN 19-Apr San Pedro, CA
MON 20-Apr Pear Blossom
TUE 21-Apr Ludlow
WED 22-Apr Needles, CA
THU 23-Apr Kingman, AZ
FRI 24-Apr Ashfork, AZ
SAT 25-Apr Flagstaff, AZ
SUN 26-Apr Flagstaff, AZ
MON 27-Apr Tuba City, AZ
TUE 28-Apr Kayenta, AZ
WED 29-Apr Cortez, CO
THU 30-Apr Pagosa Springs, CO
FRI 1-May Alamosa, CO
SAT 2-May Pueblo, CO
SUN 3-May Colorado Springs
MON 4-May Eads, CO
TUE 5-May Scott City, KS
WED 6-May Great Bend, KS
THU 7-May Newton, KS
FRI 8-May Toronto, KS
SAT 9-May Pittsburg, KS

Date Destination

SUN 10-May Pittsburg, KS
MON 11-May Fair Grove, MO
TUE 12-May Summersville, MO
WED 13-May Farmington, MO
THU 14-May Goreville, IL
FRI 15-May Sebree, KY
SAT 16-May Corydon, KY
SUN 17-May Sebree, KY
MON 18-May Corydon, KY
TUE 19-May Glencoe, KY
WED 20-May Mitford, OH
THU 21-May Plain City, OH
FRI 22-May Coshocton,PA
SAT 23-May McDonald, PA
SUN 24-May McDonald, PA
MON 25-May Bedford, PA
TUE 26-May York, PA
WED 27-May New Hope, NJ
THU 28-May Newark, NJ
FRI 29-May Battery Park - Historic Waterfront, NYC, NY

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