Central Iowa bike blessings

by on April 10, 2014
in Events

Yep, I admit it – this post is a re-run! I was wanting to “round up” the upcoming Bike Blessings that I had added to my calendar post. I went looking for the photo that I had used in my original ‘Blessing’ post, and thought, you know what, screw it – the words are still good too! Here’s the original post, and a current/updated list of blessing events:  

I really dig all the “bike blessing” events I’m hearing about. I’m not what you’d call a regular church-goer, but I am a Christian person and I find that riding the Iowa by-ways on two wheels is a great way to enjoy and appreciate God’s creation. (Riding in areas that look so different from Iowa, like South Dakota, is a great way to be reminded that my immediate world is very tiny and that God’s creation takes many different forms!)

Of course, one of the things I like best about bike blessing events is that they signify the beginning of the riding season. But more than that, they are an opportunity to acknowledge that there is some risk in riding, and that you have to be able to pretty much put yourself in God’s hands when you ride because you simply can’t control every risk factor. It’s humbling. Sometimes, it’s even emotional, but maybe that’s just me.

We’re headed to the first of the area bike blessings soon, so it seemed like a good time to mention a few of them that I know of. If you know of another and would like to list it here, feel free to add it in the comments.

How about you – do you enjoy blessing events? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Saturday, April 12 – 11 am at Route 65 Harley Davidson in Indianola.

Saturday, April 19 – Big Barn Harley Davidson in Des Moines, blessing at 11 a.m. with chili feed to follow.

Saturday, April 26 – 2 pm at Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, Iowa (I’ve already got a ride planned for this date, but I’m putting the Grotto Blessing on my must-do list for 2015.)

Saturday, April 26 – F&J Racing blessing, 10 am at the American Legion Post in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Sunday, May 4 – Noon at Prairie Ridge Church in Ankeny, Iowa.


Flickr photo by mobhistory.


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3 Responses to “Central Iowa bike blessings”
  1. KathyW says:

    Great fellowship at the Blessing of the Bikes we had in Gautier, Mississippi, a few weeks back. There was a huge turnout and we made some new friends. I recommend attending your local blessing!

  2. Shirley Patterson says:

    Think I saw one in Ankeny on May 4th. Might be posted at Struther Bros.

  3. Corn Dog says:

    Shirley – you’re right, found it – Prairie Ridge Church at Noon on May 4. I’ve added it to the calendar post.

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