The Missions: San Francisco and San José

Unless the mission is oriented by charity, that is, unless it springs from a profound act of divine love, it risks being reduced to mere philanthropic and social activity...Consequently, being missionaries means loving God with all one's heart, even to the point, if necessary, of dying for him. - Pope Benedict XVI

yesterday on the way back from manyaya i found a nice piece of wire in my rear tire. so, after analyzing the situation i though i could just do the old pump-ride-pump and get back home. however, after the second air fill it became apparent that the tube was shot. so, in the middle of nowhere i had a decision to make: stay there and wait for someone to pass by (unlikely), leave the bike, hike for a couple of hours and try to find someone with a motorcycle to take me to a place i could buy a tube (unlikely), try to ride with the back tire completely flat. i chose the third and headed out at about 5 miles an hour down hill. let me tell you, it's treacherous riding down a rocky road at a steep incline because the tire wants to leave the rim (i don't have a rim lock unfortunately). about 5 minutes into this a motorcycle shows up with the leader of manyaya on it. he tells me that a truck saw me from the ridge and let him know that the padre was flat and out. so, for the next 1.5 hours we proceeded to take of both rims at the same time, with the bike being held up by the kick-stand and two sticks, try to fix the tube (it had about 20 holes in it), and eventually we decided to take the front tube and put it on the back tire and the back tube we then put on the front tire and stuffed the tire with grass. that was just enough to let me limp back to banica at about 15-20 miles an hour. that's right, the old "grass in the tire" trick.

in weather news, the rainy season has officially begun and we recorded a rainfall of 7.76 inches per hour during the heaviest of it last night.

have a great Palm Sunday.


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