Here at Cyclova, we love to hear about people's wonderful outdoor adventures. We were really excited to help set up Chuck Langeness and Mike Broten on a pair of bicycles for their ride/trek to Alaska. Here's a little note from this intrepid pair which will tell you a little bit more about their adventure of a lifetime! Good luck Chuck and Mike!
Hi, I'm Chuck Langeness. I grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa, and have lived in Luck, WI for the past 20 years. I graduated from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas (where I met my wife, Sandi) and received my graduate degree at Drake University. With Sandi I have 6 boys and 11 grandchildren. I started walking seriously about 10 years ago, mainly because I didn’t want to run. I find that walking is a great time to pray.
When I retired From Hilti, Inc. in Jan of 2013, I created a “bucket list” at the suggestion of a friend in Arizona. Walking to Alaska was one of the first items on my list. Mike Broten, the father-in-law of one of my sons, decided to join me in on my adventure. He and I tweaked the walking a bit by adding biking, mainly because of the time factor. Adding biking would shorten our trek by a month.
The Grace Fund is a result of and epiphany I had after reading the book “What’s So Amazing about Grace” by Philip Yancey during my men’s Bible Study Group. God spoke to me during my walks showing me that my "bucket list" dream could have a higher purpose. By raising awareness to the needs of my community, we can all help our local churches fill these needs".