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Old 10-13-01, 10:28 AM   #1
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Day 61

Yesterday i was crashing at a dive motel the type that is full of varrious charictors and people renting by the hour. also had some full time residents like some that are just working in the area for a short time and others.

the day i got there I saw a guy missing a leg hangin out by his 3 wheel bike doing a bit of work on it. I walked by and said hi. then on the following day i was waiting out the bad weather he had the rear drive wheel apart and working on changing to a differant cog setup. I walked over and said what ya doing to your bike? he told me he wanted to change the cassette but couildnt get the old one off. My cassette removal tool fit so i lent him a hend and changed it out for him.

We never exchanged names but spent an hour talking about biking abnd touring. His bike set up for one leg pedaling has a 1/2 brick bolted on to the opposite pedal as a counter weight, he doesnt like straps or clips. the counter weight makes sure that the power pedal is allways on top when he is ready to start pedaling after stoping.

his story was that about 1985 he was touring and got knocked of his bike then a motor cycle clobbered and shered off his left leg about 6" below his knee. after rehab he got back to riding a 3 wheel bike. and is still riding. This fellow knew all the roads out of town and gave me some good choices for low traffic roads to ride on going south.

This moring as i was leaving he came by and wished me a safe trip.

I pulled out of oshkosh headed for fon du lac about 45 or 50 miles the roads were nice country roads it started out cold then as the day went on it got warmer and i started to peel off layers of cloths. WhenI arived at Fon du lac it was colse to 2:30 pm and about another 45 miles to home i concidered trying to make it befor dark. I stoped and talked to sopme fire men and bythen it was too late to make the attempt. I had one 50 dollar travlers check left and dcided to treat my self to a nice motel for the night. I found a 45 dollar place with whirl pool sauna and the works and checked in.

I dont remember who called who but i was talkiing to my friend Lauri and turned out she was headed to Fon du lac to visit a friend, and we made plans to meet and go for chineeze dinner. We met and picked up the dinner and went back to my place and ate and visited a while with her and her daughter then they left and I crashed till morning.
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