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Old 10-10-01, 09:23 AM   #1
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day 60

Ok i rode from clintonville to new london and used the libarary computer and them decided to go on to oshkosh. I was told by several people to not take hy 45 out of new london but instead to take hy d to hy w then 110 into oshkosh because there was less traffic. i got on to "d" and there was definatly less traffic but many hills to climb these are not real big hills in comparison to the ones Ive allready tackled in the rocky's and cascade's, but still hills. there was a bit of a paved area between the white line and the gravel shoulder to ride on. the wind was enough tomake me work a bit harder than i wanted to today.

as i turned onto hy "w" the road took a slight turn and the wind again wasnt a direct hit so the going was eaiser and although there wasnt much of a shoulder to ride on there was almost no traffic. When i hit hy 110 there was a 4 ft wide paved shoulder and the going was good the wind either changed direction or slowed down now because ther was little resistance from it. The last 10 miles became a death trap the shoulder dissipared and i had to ride right in traffic this area is supposed to be 40 mph but people were going 60 racing to the entrance of hy 41 Was glad to finially see this entrance to 41 and these road ragers turning off.

Rolled into oshkosh and finially found a place to crash i figured Id take off in the morning and make fond du lack only about 21 miles then decide on a direction either straight into milwaukee or east to the lake and follow the shore down, either way it should be 2 or 3 days max to the finish line catfish on a bike part 2 of a 5 part series.

woke up to heavy rain and strong winds 20-25 mph the direction would be a head wind sooooooooo i took an unexpected day off here in oshkosh just hangin out doing chores and exploreing
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Old 10-10-01, 09:29 AM   #2
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Cat,

Yes it's windy and rainey down here in Illinois too.

What routes are in your future? Parts 3,4, & 5?

Take care out there
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Old 10-10-01, 09:48 AM   #3
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at this point these are only ideas ...........
since ive allredy done and out and back from wisconsin to the west coast and down the pacific coast I figure i should do a self contained tour from coast to coast. also want to do a full summer of leading group tours Last winter i had talks with cycle america and was led to believe i was going to be put on their team of crew members but when I told him, of my reconstructed back i never heard from him again must have scared them off , and for the finial leg I m thinking of a supported ride where i just carry water bottles and a handle bar bag and have some one drive my pick up along for support

just some rambling ideas i have like ive said befor not all good ideas become realities though.
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I like the last one best, coast to coast with gear sagged.

We're planning a self contained Tandem ride coast to coast (as you already know), but I sure would like to do it on my single fully sagged some day too.
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You sure seem to get around for a guy with a reconstructed back. Thanks for letting us share your experiences.
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Old 10-12-01, 02:15 PM   #6
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HEY BRO - SO, YOUR ALMOST TO THE FINISH LINE - SOUNDS AS THOUGH YOUR TOUR HAS BEEN GOOD, I'VE ENJOYED KEEPING UP WITH YOUR ADVENTURES, HOPE TO TALK TO YOU SOON, GIVE ME A CALL WHEN YOU GET BACK TO MILWAUKEE, SUE HAS MY CELL PHONE # - TAKE CARE, BE SAFE, BETTE XXOO
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Rainman:
hi good to hear form you again ,yes I do get arround a lot for a guy in my shape but that is exactly why i do it. i am amoung other things promoting the fact that THERE IS LIFE AFTER BACK SURGERY, although its a bit diferant. there is a long list of things I can no longer do, Biking is one of the things I still do. I take it to the limet. Pushing and living on the edge. Some people give up on them selves when the life takes an ability away. When we all look arround a bit, no matter how bad we have it, or think we have it there is allways someone that is just a little bit worse off then we are.

Like Ive said earlier I have a Dr. that refuses to give up on me, or let me degenerate by sitting and sulking, he encourages me to stay on the bike and keep going.

i am a whole lot slower than i should be at the young age of 49&1/2 but I can still make the pedals go round and round and eventually get to where I am headed. yea Its all good out here!!
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