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Old 11-25-08, 04:12 PM   #1
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please read! Japanese cyclo-tourist needs your help in upper New York state!

Hey everybody;

215 days ago I met Harato Tokudome, a Japanese cyclist, on my commute home in Southern California. He was two days out of LAX... just starting on a quest to pedal the word PEACE across the entire U.S. Check out his website here http://tokudome8810.petit.cc/grape1/ (he's hauling a laptop with him to maintain it!) It's in Japanese and needs online translation, and even once translated his prose is difficult to decipher. But the pictures alone show the tremendous trip he has taken so far.

I am trying to get as many Bike Forum readers to see this because Harato needs help. He was struck by a car, spent some time in the hospital and is now hold up at a rescue mission. Unfortunately, I can't even tell which town for sure. But someone in upper New York state might. Hell, he might even be in your town! If that's the case, maybe you could help him out. From what I can tell, his friends and family back in Tokyo are 50/50 split on whether he should cut and run, fly home, or find some way to complete his mission. If he wants to go on, it would be great if some fellow bikers could help him accomplish that.

Thanks for looking. Hit me back. DanO
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Old 11-25-08, 08:11 PM   #2
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If the picture of the 'City Mission New Life Center' is where he is located, I think it's in Erie, PA
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I wish I had known about this sooner, looks like I missed out on him when he was in So Cal

Anyhow best of luck to him and I'm glad he recovered ok!
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If the picture of the 'City Mission New Life Center' is where he is located, I think it's in Erie, PA
I looked at that website and it appears you are absolutely right. I should have google that before starting the thread... instead of just looking at the map and guessing. So anybody out there in Erie, PA? Damn. now the title of the thread is misleading. How do I edit that?

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"It's in Japanese and needs online translation, and even once translated his prose is difficult to decipher."

I would assume it's the translation that is difficult to decipher, not his prose- it's probably just fine. Machine translations leave a lot to be desired, though.
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Erie newspaper story dated 11/19 here:

http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/...WS02/311199889
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I spoke with Harato by phone today. I am glad to report that he is soon to be fully recovered and back in the saddle. He has been helped by someone who speaks fluent Japanese as well as English, in dealing with the insurance company of the person who hit him. At least he will be buying a new bicycle and supplies to finish his journey. I told him they owe him more than that, but at least he has no permanent injuries. The little guy has a LOT of guts getting back on the bike with 1500 miles left to go... on the east coast... in December.

Please forgive my multiple postings. And thanks for everyone who responded, especially paulrad9, who actually was the one who found where Harato was.

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