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Extra! Extra! A New Beginning!

Hello Everyone,

We know many are celebrating Easter or Resurrection Day and we are not getting into the debate on the historical debates that surround this special event. To us it is a day of special beginnings. For us this year it is for us to begin a countdown to Pentecost and our grand adventure across Michigan serving Jesus.

Also, recently we have realized that we need to apologize to many people as Scripture dictates in Matthew 5:23 & 24; Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; *Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. It is not a matter of whether we are at fault or others are at fault it is a matter of someone having an issue with us and we need to make it right.

We are taught that we should not burn bridges with the people that we come in contact with, rarely have we heard that we should try to rebuild those bridges that we have burned, so this our attempt to make right and apologize to those that we have wronged or offended over the years. Some of the ministries are places we have been to here is Clio, some in Durand, some in Port Huron, and some in the Lansing area. If you get a chance and the Holy Ghost is leading you stop in and say hello.

Seeing that the wrong that we have done to each of you is of a personal matter and we are not sure how to reach you otherwise we would like to apologize to you if we have offended you in some way.

~ Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets


In the Lansing Michigan area:

Capitol City Baptist Church

Community Faith Church

New Hope Church

In the Durand Michigan area:

First Congregational Church

Faith Baptist Church

Light of Faith Fellowship

Bethany Bible Baptist Church


In the Port Huron Michigan area:

Griswold Street Baptist Church

Blue Water Christian Church


In the Clio Michigan area:

City Church Clio

Life-Line Church of God

Landmark Baptist Church

Messiah Lutheran Church

Vertical Life Church

Cornerstone Pentecostal Assembly of God Church

Freedom in the Truth Ministries


And finally in Dowling Michigan:

Country Chapel United Methodist Church


We could have found better, easier, gentler, kinder words to use when confronted with the situations that we encountered. We love each and every one of our brothers and sisters in the Lord. We ask for your forgiveness and we are sorry that you were offended by our actions or our words. 


We thank you for your time and have an enjoyable day.

Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

Glo–ry! Hal–le–lu–jah!

19 April 2019, Friday

Greetings to all of you on this glorious Resurrection weekend from the TrailMagick89 family to your 40th blog post,

Father God is Miraculous!

Lent has turned out to be one of the most interesting times for us this year. And the weeks leading up to Pentecost are going to be just as wonder filled we believe. Usually the posts you find here at TrailMagick89 have some Christianity sprinkled throughout the posts – this blog will be LOADED! We were blessed the first few days of Lent, then we were blessed again repeatedly the first week of Lent, then we were blessed yet much, much, much more the second week, and it keeps going and growing and going and growing.

Jesus is Miraculous!

We felt the Lord nudging us to simply, “Go.” At first, like in the past it was like a quiet whisper, on the breeze, from the Holy Ghost. As those first few days progressed though the quiet whisper became a bit louder, as did the breeze that carried it. That breeze became a blustery wind carrying Spring’s first tree buds to the ground as they began to pelt our living room window. I vividly and clearly remember waking up early and audibly asking the Lord ‘what would you like to discuss today Lord?’

The Holy Ghost is Miraculous!

I have been waking up early each day since and talking to the Lord, meditating, reading scripture pretty much whatever I am feeling led to do. I went from going to sleep at 4:00a.m. or 5:00a.m. to now waking up between 5:30a.m. and 6:30a.m. Evidently, I need to get used to being up early to be out on the road early to get to where we are going to get to the people that we need to meet that day. (Five weeks ago I was sleeping on a third shifters schedule, and I was fine with that – four weeks and six days ago I switched over to first shift over night.)

Father God is WONDERFUL!

Our blessings have come at us in a furious flurry. Sweet’s sleep doctor was the first to suggest, to encourage, and to support the idea that we get out on our trike this Summer. We went with the idea to our primary care physician and she was excited about the idea and proceeded to direct us on what we needed to do to make it happen. I for the first time in years am on a first shifters schedule as Summer is approaching.


We spoke with our current landlord a couple of days ago and he informed us that when we get up North that he recently purchased an apartment building and to give him a call when we arrive for a possible apartment. I am 8 year marijuana & cocaine free; 2-1/2 years alcohol free (Sweets is also celebrating being alcohol free as well), and going on one month tobacco free. Sweets did not do drugs or tobacco, however she is alcohol free for 30 months now. On Resurrection Sunday I will be headache and seizure free for one month.

The Holy Ghost is WONDERFUL!

On top of our primary care physician and Sweets’ sleep doctor approving this adventure my neurologist, life coaches, and counselor/therapist have also approved this trip as well. The blessings keep coming. Since the blessing started coming we have been able to share our belongings with others such as my clothing with a couple of men that were low of clothing because of life.

Father God is AWESOME!

Along with a pair of leather work boots. We were also able to bless another couple with some furniture that have been in need of it. Blessings all around.

Jesus is AWESOME!

I was able to bless a man who had lost his clothing with a wardrobe of clothing and new work boots. I thank God for the blessing of being drug, alcohol, and tobacco free. It is a miraculous healing of Jesus, my Lord and Saviour, Master and Messiah.

The Holy Ghost is AWESOME!

We are leaving Clio in June; heading East to Port Huron, then North-West to Bay City, North some more to Petoskey, and then South to Houghton Lake.

We are very grateful to you for your continued readership. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the “Like” button and “Subscribe” to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. You can always find us here as well as on Amazon Prime Smile Pinterest Facebook, YouTube, & Instagram all set up for TrailMagick89.

Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

Caution: Construction Zone

16 April 2019, Tuesday
Hello Everyone and Welcome to this your 39th TrailMagick89 missive,
Isaiah 28:16 says; “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste”. So what we are about to share how could we possibly be even a little nervous. Thank you all for following us on our continuing journey.
Last week if you noticed we posted on Facebook and Instagram that TrailMagick89 was under construction. I figured that y’all may want to know what is going on with that. Well we have big news. HUGE NEWS. BIG BIG HUGE HUGE NEWS!
We are leaving Clio Michigan, sort of.
We are leaving our apartment in June and riding on Max the Rover. The idea is to head to Port Huron from Clio to visit friends then up to Bay City where we bought our trike at Ray’s Bike Shop for its annual check up then on to Petoskey. It is kind of an unofficial bicycle route across lower Michigan as a shore to shore.
I heard about it two years ago from a cyclist friend that rode from Muskegon to Port Huron as a Lake to Lake ride, he informed us that there is group of riders that take a ride from Port Huron to Petoskey each Summer and that we should join them, because “the more the merrier”. We are basically going to cycle around Michigan following where God leads us stopping in the various towns and cities chatting with the homeless, lending a hand when asked, sharing a story or a meal, staying a few days, and moving on. We are going where the Lord and the road takes us. As Winter approaches to whichever town or city we are in we will find a storage unit to store the trike in and find an apartment, a hostel, a pay by the month hotel and stay until Spring and then hit the road again.
You may be wondering why the construction sign. That would be our apartment; we have been going through our belongings, we have been blessed with everything we could have possibly have needed since moving to Clio, and so in turn we have shared that wealth with our friends here in Clio. We will be keeping our doctors, our bank, and our church.
Some of our furniture is already gone to friends that definitely needed the shelving and desk. The blinds have gone back up as the curtains will have a new home this week at the Coffee Shop. Most of our clothing will be going to Life-Line Church’s Clothing Give-a-Way very soon.
We have had the most busiest past week as we have confirmed with doctors and life coaches that we could leave at the end of our lease to legally leave without losing any benefits. A few years ago I applied for pastoral certification and last week I received an email reminding me that I was approved on February 15, 2013 and where could they send my documentation if i would like it? I was floored, I felt so blessed.
Back in 2008 I was finishing up two years of attending Bible institute and Bible College simultaneously while one suggested that I volunteered my time for hands on experience in the pastoral field the other required that I received experience in the pastoral field as well as volunteer work. So needless to say we are following God’s leading; we are EXCITED! So needless to say our lives are under construction thanks to our wonderful Lord.
Our apartment is a mess. Our belongings are dwindling in to manageable piles. We have been blessed from our time here in Clio from the different ministries here such as Celebrate Recovery ran by Pastor Jon Keeling out to New Covenant. As well as the other places mentioned in this missive as well as many, many, many more.
We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the “Like” button and “Subscribe” to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress.
Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

Trike Prep

14 March 2019, Thursday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

With Spring around the corner we are looking to getting the trike ready for Spring cycling. Some of which will be traveling around Michigan where as most of it will be traveling around Genesee County mostly in and around Clio. So we have to get the seats adjusted, the canopy reset, the racks and panniers mounted, checking the shifter and brake cables, and on, and on.

Another project we will be doing this year is a PVC rack that will allow us to cover the trike with a tarp without it filling with water in the low spots. The rack will have a slanted hinged roof allowing us to get access to the trike without taking it out, basically making a shed frame. We are able to lock the trike to the power box on the front of the building. The rack will be able to double as a laundry rack allowing to save the money we would spend on drying while making our clothes outdoor fresh.

We have an extra low rider rack from Terratrike so that we are able to mount more panniers behind the front wheels adjusting for the low center weight to increase. Since August of 2008 I have looked as life as I need to be mobile and in that time Sweets has joined me on the streets of Lansing, Grand Rapids, Durand and around Southern Michigan. We have backpacked four hundred miles in one month, we have taken a Greyhound Bus across the state, we have slept in barns, under bridges, anywhere we found a big enough piece of dirt to pitch the tent or the Lean-to before that.

So as we look at adjusting the trike for Spring we need to check tire pressure, rim alignment, brakes calibrated, shifter and brake cables. After that is done then the captains seat gets adjusted for Sweets so that pedals are not too far from her feet. And then we can put the front low rider rack.

The seat on a standard trike gets adjusted in a few different ways. First, it gets positioned forwards and backwards; second, the seat back gets positioned up and down; third, the boom which actually is not part of the seat adjusts the pedals forward and backward. The heel and toe straps then get adjusted so that Sweets’ feet do not accidentally slide, especially when going into a turn or descending or ascending when your feet and legs get tired.

Last Winter when we built the canopy frame we had a friend make the canopy top and as time went on and the trike had miles added to it we rebuilt the frame until it flexed with the movements of the trike. We decided that the frame needed to be able to flex yet be strong in a head wind. So after the final rebuild we took it out on a windy day winds were 30 miles per hour with 40 mile per hour gusts those matched with the speeds that we were going proved to us that we had built a good frame. By the end of this Summer we will be building a new frame, a lighter frame, no longer PVC, but fiberglass.

Once we have the seats and the frame adjusted we get to take the trike out with a shade to keep the sun off.

We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the “Like” button and “Subscribe” to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. And until next time; make sure to seek peace within your own life. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress.

Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

Sawyer Mini Review

24 January 2019, Thursday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

Today we are looking at the Sawyer Mini. Usually we do not look at gear products, however as the year continues we will be looking at more and more gear. And to kick off the reviews for TrailMagick89 we are looking at the Sawyer Mini Water Filter: Blue Mini SP128. In true TM89 fashion I will not pull any punches on the review you are about to read. Let us begin.


We purchased our Sawyer Mini on 4 January 2019, it arrived about five days later from Amazon with the two day’s free delivery service. We took it out of the packaging and included in the package was one grey straw, one back flush syringe, and one 16 ounce Squeeze Water Filtration System Bag. We had a busy week that week so we tested it on the only bad water source we had access to (heck, we did not even have snow that week, that we could melt down to test it on.)

The water source was the City of Clio water system. Well water is something I enjoy, city water not so much, and Clio city water not at all. The water here in our part of Clio leaves a film on the surface of everything we wash and we frequently have to rewash dishes, along with what looks like gasoline floating on the surface, and it daily smells like bleach. I am not sure as to why but I usually have heart burn when I drink the water. Since moving here, a little over two years ago, I have cut down from a pot of coffee a day to half a cup of coffee every three days.


So, we tested the one water source we had access to and we have done about ten to twelve gallons of the wonderful city water, and as wonderful as it is, I have stopped having heartburn. And I am slowly drinking more water, straight water, flavored water and glorious, glorious coffee. I know that you have figured out that we have definitely been filtering the water to drink. And it has been a blessing to be able to drink water again.

The Sawyer Mini according to the package can filter up to 100,000 gallons of water from lakes, rivers, and streams. I believe the “up to” is the key phrase in the description. And when the testing was done they either had their Sawyer Mini rigged up to a water flow system that would periodically back flush their Mini or some poor soul was assigned the task to back flush it quite frequently, which meant some dishpan like hands. Do not get me wrong the Mini has been a blessing.

However, in those ten to twelve gallons of water we have filtered into water jugs, we have had to back flush about every three gallons, and I know that does not sound like much of a big deal for filtering tap water into a jug, and in reality it is not. On the other hand when we are out on the trail that will be a big deal as it will be water and time wasted. On days when I am out in the sun backpacking I usually drink one to one and a half gallons per day. Now there are the days, since my diagnosis, that Sweets is out with me that we can easily between us, drink three gallons together.

So let us look at what the issue truly is. I am filling the water bag with water, putting on the filter, flipping it upside down so that the exit end of the filter is pointed into the jug, and I wait for it to drain. That was not so difficult. I have noticed since we have been using it from the first day until the writing of this post the flow rate has reduced by half, it is down to a trickle. Now granted I have used it as a gravity system and not at the top of a bottle to drink dirty water out of. Gravity can only do so much.

That all being said, I love the Sawyer Mini. Regardless of how slow it is and how often I have to back flush the filter, I am able to drink fresh, clean water again.

I have used this filter the improper way because the above mentioned equipment is all I have with it. I have not yet ordered the proper equipment to create a gravity system. And that is next on my list of equipment to order from Sawyer. Now…


I love putting each piece of equipment I have through many tests to see if it with function in a pinch the way I may need it to. As I finish this post I have it screwed onto a Smart water bottle filled with more city water, and just like the water that is in the water jugs in the kitchen, this water tastes just fine and I do not have heartburn from it.

Something that I have yet to see mentioned in a single video or blog is that when you drink out of the bottle since you are reducing the volume of water in the bottle, the bottle is collapsing. If you are a first time user, it may or may not dawn on you that this will happen. Every once in a while just crack the seal between the Sawyer Mini and the Smart Water bottle. As with any plastic if the bottle stays in the collapsed shape for a period of time it will stay that way and when out on the trail, that means that you will have less volume of water that you are able to carry.


We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the “Like” button and “Subscribe” to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. And until next time; make sure to seek peace within your own life. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress.

Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

Have a Groovy Day at the Brough

21 August 2018, Tuesday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

Sweets: “What advice do you have for future generations?”

Gwen: “Be nice to your patrons, have a good product to sell and work hard.”

The Brough Bakery has been in operation down on Smith Street in Clio Michigan for four years now, opening on August 7th of 2014 with painted walls similar to her mother’s kitchen and a restroom wall mural of musicians; both reminiscent of her upbringing during the ‘60’s and early ‘70’s. Inside you will find Gwen (the owner), Jacob (her son), and Naomi (her daughter-in-law) Brough making creations so mouthwatering you may as well leave your diet at the door. To be fair there are delicious bagels, breads, and snack bars; however, you will also spot cookies, doughnuts, cakes, and pies. Hot coffee is served from five a.m. until six p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, on Saturdays from five a.m. until four p.m. and Sundays from eight a.m. until two p.m., along with tea and soda.

Sweets: “Where did the 60’s theme come from?”

Gwen: “The paint color came first, same colors as her mom’s kitchen while growing up. Then the music artists that are portrayed in the bathroom. Then our motto of “Have a Groovy Day.”

One morning before opening the doors for the first time Gwen and Naomi were chatting about the motto for the new bakery and Naomi suggested “Have a Groovy Day”, as that is a phrase that Gwen has said for quite some time. Within the walls of this establishment the family dynamic is very original of mother, son, and daughter-in-law. As they complement one another’s talents and abilities.
Jacob and Naomi arrive early each morning to make the variety of doughnuts that the Brough is known for, as well as some of the other baked goods. Gwen arrives in the late morning hours and works many nights past closed filling special orders like smash and birthday cake, and cupcake and cookie fundraisers. Gwen is always on the lookout for new creative desserts to add to their unique menu. Upon being the Recipient of the local Chamber of Commerce 2018 Citizen of the Year Award for her many contributions to the many Clio area activities Gwen has brought more recognition to the Brough Bakery throughout the area. She is active with promoting the activities of the Chamber of Commerce and of Clio Proud & Strong.

Sweets: “What is it that you like about coming to work everyday?”

Gwen: “The comradery of the patrons is the reason I come in, the story changes everyday as does the people that come in and tell their stories.”

On a baker’s rack not far from the doughnut case one can find local goods such as honey from a farm in Millington, maple syrup that is wood fired in Montrose, and we can not forget the handcrafted Happy Hats; products from the very mind of Gwen herself. Customers include former and current teachers, farmers, city and county officials, antique collectors, musicians, and many former members of the United States Armed Forces; locals and out-of-towners all visitors on their first visit and old friends for every visit after that. Some of their patrons are also local artists and you can find their many works hanging on the walls of the bakery.

Sweets: “What is your favorite quote?”

Gwen: “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.” Dorothy, Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, and

“A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.” The Tin Man, Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum

The bakery sits in a busy little plaza at 100 Smith Street in Suite C, where it intersects with Mill Street; the businesses are all quite friendly. If you are planning to visit by bike or trike it is suggested you park your rides on the sidewalks up against the building. They are willing to make special orders or create custom works of foodie artwork.
Make sure to stop by and again “Have a Groovy Day.”

We appreciate that you stuck around until the end. If, you have found any value in this post, make sure to hit the “Like” button and “Subscribe” to TrailMagick89 blog. Please feel free to share your thoughts below. And until next time; make sure to seek peace within your own life. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon, and of course WordPress.

Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets