Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 20, 2014

A spiritual ride

Pedaling prophet enjoys quiet reflection on bike commute


“The driver said he did not see me. I think he was in a big hurry ... I brushed off, kept going,” he said.

But those encounters are infrequent, as Heydenreich sticks to back roads — not busy thoroughfares like routes 28 or 125, and is equipped with a lighted helmet guiding his way and keeping him visible to passing motorists,

Heydenreich has no plans to stop his bicycle commutes, saying they serve to help him decompress, focus on his thoughts and deliver a worthwhile sermon.

“It’s nature’s stillness,” he said. “Some days are just amazing ... all is well with my soul.”

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