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    Dex Tooke

    I ran into Dex Tooke yesterday and he told me he may have to quit riding . I guess his back is really bothering him. I wished him luck and I hope he gets better. Very nice person.
    George

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    I ran into Dex Tooke yesterday and he told me he may have to quit riding . I guess his back is really bothering him. I wished him luck and I hope he gets better. Very nice person.
    That's too bad to hear. I know he was in Fayetville yesterday for the race and knew he was struggling.

    I also know Dex and had the chance to go by his place and ride with him a little. In my book he is a legend in ultra marathon cycling. His book about his RAAM races is very good also.

    Wish him better health.

    Richard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rwc5830 View Post
    That's too bad to hear. I know he was in Fayetville yesterday for the race and knew he was struggling.

    I also know Dex and had the chance to go by his place and ride with him a little. In my book he is a legend in ultra marathon cycling. His book about his RAAM races is very good also.

    Wish him better health.

    Richard

    It was kind of funny, that I just ordered his book last week and then ran into him. He looked pretty beat and I really didn't want to bother him, but I started talking anyway and the first thing he told me was about the pain he was having, so I knew it must of been on his mind for a while. I did wish him well and I really do hope he gets through it.

    My wife had 4 disk replaced in here back and it's a pretty rough way to go. After 2 years she's still struggling with it. I should say we both are.

    What's the name of your book, if I can ask. I don't know if they have any rules on that here, but if they do you can just PM me. Thanks.
    George

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    I think the "in my book" phrase meant "in my opinion", not denoting an actual book. Dex Tooke does have a book, Unfinished Business, just google his name and you'll pull up his website.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    I think the "in my book" phrase meant "in my opinion", not denoting an actual book. Dex Tooke does have a book, Unfinished Business, just google his name and you'll pull up his website.
    I did order his book last week. I would like to get the book Rwc mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    I think the "in my book" phrase meant "in my opinion", not denoting an actual book. Dex Tooke does have a book, Unfinished Business, just google his name and you'll pull up his website.
    Stephen, you are correct....I meant "in my opinion".... But i'm an engineer so what the heck do I know!

    I read dex's book a few months ago. It's pretty good if you want to know more about RAAM. I sent an extra copy to 10wheels at the same time but i don't think he has read it yet.

    I'll see 10wheels next weekend, so i"ll ask him...but he is still in recovery. Flying to Houston to meet up with some cycling friends....not taking a bike, need a rest!

    So Stephen how did you do at Fayetville?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    I think the "in my book" phrase meant "in my opinion", not denoting an actual book. Dex Tooke does have a book, Unfinished Business, just google his name and you'll pull up his website.
    My bad Stephen. I'm not sure if I seen you there or not. I did see a van there from Arkansas with RAAM stickers all over it, but I don't know who it was.
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    I don't know who all I saw there, or was seen by! But I was riding the only tandem out there. Being the only ones in our category, naturally we won! But actually, we did pretty well for us- 178 miles or so in the 12 hour. That's not like championship riding or anything, but it's one of our better rides, speed-wise, so we were pleased.

    The Arkansas RAAM van would have been Kurt Searvogel. At least he's from Arkansas and did RAAM last year, so I assume that's his. I didn't see it, but it may have been a vehicle they used as a follow car for RAAM, which could explain some extra signage, etc.

    Other Lone Star Riders Randonneurs there included Dan and Pam, doing a 12 hour mixed team, and Vickie, doing 24 hour solo recumbent.

    We saw Dex early in the race, and Sharon pointed out he was there in shorts and T-shirt later in the morning, so she asked him what was up also, but I didn't hear that conversation.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    I guess I did see you then, on the yellow tandem. Nice ride wasn't it. I didn't ride it that day, but have done it few times before.
    George

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    The route was pretty good, the biggest problem I had was the humidity, it never was really hot, but I was sweating all day long. Low traffic, enough hills to make it interesting, but not terribly difficult, either.

    I came down last week and rode the Chappell Hill Loop 106 Permanent, and then went over and rode the race course. Lots of flowers both places, and there were some flowers blooming this week that weren't there last week.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    I ran into Dex Tooke yesterday and he told me he may have to quit riding . I guess his back is really bothering him. I wished him luck and I hope he gets better. Very nice person.
    That's sad to hear. Met Dex at last years Bessies Creek race and got to spend some time talking with him after race registration. A very nice man and true ambassador of the sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    My bad Stephen. I'm not sure if I seen you there or not. I did see a van there from Arkansas with RAAM stickers all over it, but I don't know who it was.
    That had to be Kurt (A.K.A. Tarzan) Searvogel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    I don't know who all I saw there, or was seen by! But I was riding the only tandem out there. Being the only ones in our category, naturally we won! But actually, we did pretty well for us- 178 miles or so in the 12 hour. That's not like championship riding or anything, but it's one of our better rides, speed-wise, so we were pleased.

    The Arkansas RAAM van would have been Kurt Searvogel. At least he's from Arkansas and did RAAM last year, so I assume that's his. I didn't see it, but it may have been a vehicle they used as a follow car for RAAM, which could explain some extra signage, etc.

    Other Lone Star Riders Randonneurs there included Dan and Pam, doing a 12 hour mixed team, and Vickie, doing 24 hour solo recumbent.

    We saw Dex early in the race, and Sharon pointed out he was there in shorts and T-shirt later in the morning, so she asked him what was up also, but I didn't hear that conversation.
    Stephen saw the final results that were posted today. Great job on 178 miles on the tandem, quite an achievement.
    Cycling is an addiction that is worth having; let's go!! South TX Randos www.rgvrandos.org

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