Health/Running

Dealing with Cancer: Amy Carrico’s Story

by Steve Ray on December 16, 2013

This is a heart-wrenching, yet beautiful story of a wife and mom with cancer and how she’s decided to deal with it. She’s a inspiration to us all – living in the heart of her family, God and the Church.

For other beautifully crafted Catholic and personal videos by Fr. Josh and Lolek Productions, click HERE.

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On our last day in Jerusalem last week Janet suggested I ride my bike to Bethlehem which I did. Getting old you know, and I need to keep up my health with physical exercise.

But I am also have an insatiable curiosity and love adventure, discovery and doing things no one else would do :-)

Bethlehem is surrounded by a 28 foot concrete wall with only a few “gates” or checkpoints.

Wasn’t sure how the Israeli soldiers would react to me riding my bike up to the gate along with the cars and buses. It was no sweat going in or out, in fact, I had a good time with the young soldiers. 

Click here to join the adventure with pictures, interactive map and videos

My American passport is worth gold in other countries and I can go places the locals cannot.

Interesting riding my bike thru the wall’s checkpoint. Had a good time visiting friends in Bethlehem and very familiar places where we take our pilgrims. Lots of hills here which insures a good cardiovascular workout.

Enjoyed visiting with the Palestinian Christians, many of them my friends for over ten years. Loved it! Enjoy the adventure!

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Bike Ride to Town of Mary Magdalen

by Steve Ray on November 17, 2013

We arrived in Tiberias yesterday and our driver brought my bike up from Jerusalem. It wasn’t very hot today so I decided to take a nice long ride and explore some new things.

First, the Tanureen Restaurant which has built a new section where we will bring our groups in the future. Then I went to visit Magdala, the center being built by the Legionaries over the place where Mary Magdalene lived. They’re rushing to get to church done before the Pope arrives next spring. However I’m not real happy about the place because are also building a Protestant Chapel which seems like a compromise to me.

Enjoyed riding the bike, getting some good exercise and exploring new things in the Holy Land. Click here for maps, videos and pictures.

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Our New Christian Health Insurance Provider

October 9, 2013

Thanks to Obama, our health insurance was canceled with Blue Cross & Blue Shield. We had this for many years but now it is gone due to our president. We found a new Christian insurance company which will give us good coverage and we will not be participating in abortion contraceptives. You may want to [...]

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Join Me and My Wife Janet on a Walking Tour of Rome with Interactive Map, Videos and Pictures

June 18, 2013

It was a great 5-mile tour visiting great churches and historical sites. Enjoy the maps, pictures and videos. Hope you love Jesus and the Church more as a result. Remember that Rome has over 800 churches and we cannot visit them all in one walking tour :-)

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Just Passed the 500 Mile Mark Today!

May 29, 2013

For the year 2013 I just passed the 500 mile mark today! Whew! I might hit 1,200 miles this year. Janet just hit a personal record today of 30 miles on the bike. Five years ago Janet and I decided to change our lifestyle. It would mean 1) daily exercise, 2) cutting our diet in [...]

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Join Me on a Walk through the Old City of Jerusalem

April 30, 2013

Today I took off in 90+ temperatures to get some exercise and to share the Old City of Jerusalem with all of you. I took a little different course than usual to provide new pictures and videos.  I also tried to capture pictures of interesting people. I don’t walk up and click my iPhone in [...]

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Jackie’s Story: Why She Missed Running the Boston Marathon this Year; Why She Runs… Not a Dry Eye on the Bus!

April 30, 2013

Jackie was one of our pilgrims on this trip to the Holy Land. She is a marathon runner who’s achieved great success. Even while here she would arise early and run several times around the Wall of Jerusalem. Deacon Jim was also on our trip along with his wife and daughter. He is struggling with [...]

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My Hike Up to Susita across the Sea of Galilee: Area of Decapolis Mentioned in Mark 5:20

February 27, 2013

Mark 5:18–21 “And as he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. But he refused, and said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy [...]

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From Womb to Tomb – My Hike from Nativity in Bethlehem to Calvary in Jerusalem

February 8, 2013

Janet and I had a free day so I decided to take an adventure. I called my friend George in Bethlehem and he picked me up and drove me to the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. I started my walk from the place where Jesus was born. That’s why the title is from “Womb to [...]

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Early Morning Virtual Walking Tour of the Holy Sites in Jerusalem – Join Me!

January 4, 2013

It was still very dark. I had my flashlight and the frequent street lights to guide me. I decided to take you all on an early morning walk to see many holy sites in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. I even arrived at the tomb of Christ early in the morning like Mary [...]

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Bethlehem All Day; Great Place to be During Christmas and New Year!

January 1, 2013

To see my early morning walk around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem along with video, pictures and interactive map, click HERE or click on the map to the right. Great day, all day, in Bethlehem. Visited the largest Olive Wood store, heard the Our Father in the language of our Lord, touched [...]

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My Hikes thru the Islamic Countries of Muscot Oman and Dubai UAE

December 3, 2012

The parishes, with a limited number of ten priests who are carefully monitored, are there to serve the expatriate workers (mostly Indians and Filipinos), not to be signs of openness to freedom for other religions.  However, the sovereign Sultan has been very good to the Catholics considering the intolerance in many other Muslim countries. He even bought [...]

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My Walks thru Nagaland and Hyderabad India

November 27, 2012

Arrived in Muscat Oman late last evening in preparation for two days of talks. We get to tour a bit too and tomorrow I will take an extensive walk through the old city. But I wanted to catch up and share my two long walks during our last days in India. First, Kohima, Nagaland India [...]

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My Runs thru Mumbai and Pune India

November 16, 2012

My run through Mumbai yesterday, exploring this exotic and poor country. Filthy and unfamiliar to any American, yet friendly and generous with ready smiles. Join me through the interactive map with videos and pictures.           My run through Pune India which is about 4 hours drive east of Mumbai. Tim Staples [...]

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180 Pilgrim-Cruisers Flowing into Athens & My Fun Run thru Athens’ Highlights

October 25, 2012

All the hard work is paying off! Our 180 pilgrims are arriving on several different flights. We have a gorgeous hotel here in Athen and Mass begins at 6:00 PM followed by a great dinner. Tomorrow we jump the bus and everyone heads to the Orient Queen, or ship for the voyage in the Footprints [...]

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