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PA/WV Day8 – Catching Up

June 3rd, 2009
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OK, I had a few glitches, including having to reformat my computer, but am getting back up to speed… Have some catching up to do. Having a LOT of trouble converting video from my phone, ah well, moving on

Day8 was quite the day. Very beautiful, hilly, countryside. In trying to catch up I will have to be brief.

The high point of the day was being met by fellow RPFer Paul Wortman. I was stopped at a convenience store having lunch, it was hot so I was tucked in the shade behind the AirPump when a friendly face popped up and asked “Hollywood”? I was a bit perplexed at first till he mentioned RPFs and then said “Hawaii” at that point we were on the same page. His is the video I am having trouble with, and I look forward to getting the time to order the Cam you guys raised the money for, (never enough time in the day…). I can’t tell you how great it was to be met by a fellow RPFer in his home county. Great guy, great spirit, great laugh. Haha – made my day… He kindly took the books to deliver so it was mission accomplished for Washington County. Thanks Paul.

It was a beautiful day so I managed to seed plenty of fliers and talk to quite a few people on the route. People are more accepting of the fascism message that I expected, I had one Obama supporter who kept trying to avoid the subject, I just planted some seeds in his mind and can only hope they take. He was a bit perplexed as I ran down a list of broken promises and how he felt about that… Another group I hit was a firehouse crew. At first they seemed a bit apprehensive, but as I went on they warmed up. When I got to my final point that we need them to stand up and start fighting the fascists politically, to avoid worse, they were all nodding their heads in agreement. The OathKeepers Patch on my bike helped emphasize another aspect of my pitch

Finally, there was a bit of drama and near disaster on the road. A long section of the highway had them dang rumble strips, which are great for car safety and keeping them off the edge where am, when the shoulder gets narrow I am forced into them and they ralltle the hell out of my and the bike. It seems the rattleing loosened an axle on my bike and as I was flying down a hill trying to make my target by sunset it came loose when I could not avoid a large pot hole, came half out of socket and bent. I was flying when I felt a sudden drag, couldn’t turn till I had slowed down, when I finally got stopped I saw the damage. Didn’t care to take pictures at the time due to the setting sun, but here is the after effect

It could have been real bad had it came all the way out, but my lord is with me and reminded me of the need for continual bike maintenence… You guys would have laughed to see me on the side of the road fixing it with a multi-tool and a flintstone hammer…

Due to that delay I ended up a few miles short of Wheeling and was in a tiny WV burg where there was barely enough cel service to get one phone call out that I was safely in a little motel (who didn’t take my card – which is another story- haha) That was the beginning of the blog backload I am trying to repair now. Bottom line is I made it safe and have continued on.

more to follow…

much aloha


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  1. June 3rd, 2009 at 08:54 | #1

    Aloha, and so glad you are still safe. XO Lisa

  2. June 3rd, 2009 at 14:23 | #2

    exciting ride – glad you are safe and glad the angels i sent with you were on top of matters! much aloha coming your way too blessings/sc

  3. Brett Hersom
    June 4th, 2009 at 08:45 | #3

    We are with you. I am praying for your safety.

  4. June 4th, 2009 at 10:38 | #4

    Safety shmafety…… I’ve watched you 60 ft up on electrified truss working your magic with a multi-tool in the rain… no road is gonna beat you!
    Keep up the great work bro… and don’t feel so bad about updates… after all you are riding a bike all day! Not much multi-tasking happens in the saddle… except thinking & pedaling. The rest will fall into place.

  5. admin
    June 4th, 2009 at 16:51 | #5

    haha – not many of my new friends know of my former life.

    I still chuckle when I recall that one of the first things I said to you after years apart was if you had a harness for that photoshoot – :p and thanks, Joe. I look forward to the day we can crack a few and kick it…

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