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New Year’s Day Ride to celebrate Ted Moon

Hello friends,
  We’re well aware that Christmas is right around the corner and I hope everyone is anticipating it with reverence and joy. It is the advent of Jesus’s birth after all! A holy God stepped humbly into humanity to do what we could not – save us from our sins. The path of Christ’s redemption that ended at Calvary, began in Bethlehem and that is the best news of human history. Glory to God in the highest!
And of course just a week after, we’ll toss our 2017 calendars and open the door on a brand new year. We’d like to invite you to become part of what we hope will be a new tradition by joining us for a ride on January 1. Yes, come brave the elements to hit the trails during this early part of winter. I promise it will be memorable!
So the plan is, every New Year’s Day we would ride no matter what the weather. This year Robert would like to dedicate the New Year’s ride to Ted Moon. As most of you know Ted passed away unexpectedly two weeks ago. Ted loved a good bike ride and the New Year’s day ride was no exception.
Please plan to join us New Year’s Day at 1:30 at the Seven Mile parking lot, Riverside State Park, to celebrate Ted’s life. This will be a no-drop ride and fatbikes are recommended but not required. (Bike Hub and Wheel Sport both rent them so make your reservations early).
  If you have any questions or haven’t ridden in winter on trails and would like some tips please feel free to comment below or message me.
We hope to see you there — in the meantime, Merry Christmas everyone! May the blessings of the season fill you with peace, hope and joy.

A Time to Mourn….

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

…A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance…

– Ecclesiastes 3:1,4

Dear friends,

This wonderful gift of life that God created and sustains in His children can bring with it many sudden changes as we go along — stark reminders that this is not our home, and we are but pilgrims on a journey. That truth hit us very hard this week. A family lost a beloved husband, father and grandfather; our community lost a gifted, creative, tireless and dedicated outdoor recreation advocate; and our BOMB fellowship lost a long-time member and passionate rider with the sudden passing of Ted Moon this past Wednesday. In the wake of this stunning loss, BOMB Co-Leader Robert Fairfax shared this poignant tribute:


It’s with great sadness and many tears that I write this. My friend and best riding buddy, Ted Moon passed away yesterday. Probably his heart but it’s not known yet exactly how. He was one of a kind and one of the best friends I’ve ever had.  He was the first to pitch in and help and made friends wherever he went. I’m going to miss you, Ted. Thanks for all the prayers, bike rides and laughs we shared.


Ted found our fledgling group sometime during the summer of its first season in 2008, and from then on he was without a doubt one of the most active riders in our humble little fellowship. Not only a skilled cyclist, Ted brought with him an infectious enthusiasm and passion that added the element of fun to our outings. He was constantly inviting other people to join us. In fact, over the course of our 10 seasons since then, you and I probably rode more with Ted than any other rider simply because he came out as often as he could. He loved to ride. One of my earliest memories of our young group included the time four of us gathered on a frosty Thanksgiving morning to tromp through Riverside in anticipation of feasting later in the day. I don’t know how the calorie count worked out but we sure enjoyed the challenge!

Ted always brought thoughtful and encouraging perspective to our devotionals, and also contributed immensely to our local mountain biking community. Working with Friends of Wyakin Park, his efforts improved this wonderful local area and helped open it to more users (not just cyclists). Ted also led us on a couple of trail-building workdays in Riverside State Park. He brought the same passion to caring for and helping the community as he did to his biking.

In short, Ted Moon was a great friend and we are all better for having known him. We will feel his absence profoundly whenever we set out on another ride through the trails he loved and delighted in.

As we try to make sense of the sudden hole that Ted’s loss has left in so many lives, the most important thing we can do is pray. Pray especially for his wife Vicki, along with his children and grandchildren, for the comfort, wisdom and strength they will need as they go through the next few days. Pray constantly as they navigate this valley of tears when so many things can seem so overwhelming. Praise the Lord for the support He is already providing through Ted’s many friends and extended family, but remember that the love and care they need will extend far beyond the next couple of weeks. Ted touched so many lives along the way and we can all play a role in helping his family carry their burden of grief.

Ted’s funeral service will be held Tuesday (December 12) at 11:00AM at the LDS Francis Building (2112 W. Francis, Spokane, WA 99205). Burial will be at Fairmount Memorial Park at 12:30PM, the same day. Everyone is invited, and I hope you will attend if you are able. In the meantime, if you have any particular memories or stories of riding with Ted and BOMB, please share them (if you haven’t already on FB) by either replying to this post or via email to We will gather them up and present them to his family in a week or so. It would mean a lot for his family to meet with and hear some memories from those of us who got to share Ted’s passion for mountain biking and the good times we enjoyed in this community he loved and so selflessly served.

In His mighty grace,