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Still Catching Up

June 4th, 2009
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My final day in WV was great. Practically all downhill to the Ohio River. I stopped and talked to some Gas Station guys asking to clarify direction (they were stoked to get an Obama Deception DVD and didn’t realize it also had a bonus track of Freedom to Fascism – haha). They got me to do something I hate, turning around and gpoing backward, but the new directions avoided an legendary hill and followed a bike path along the creek that coasted me into town. At one point the bike path was closed so I asked a cop about a detour and he told me to just go around the signs, the path was fine – haha. He was on traffic duty so I decided not to pitch him, but he gave me great direction to the Sheriff Office.

The Sheriff of Ohio County had just left, but the Chief came out. He was basically all business, politely heard my spiel, and genuinely thanked me for stopping by. I was expection to make up for lost time so did not try to drag him into a conversation, just planted my seeds and moved on. The guard was much more personable, but the Chief seemed a decent enough guy. I imagine if he had seen the bike, as others have, he would have been a bit warmer…

It was a bit tricky getting out of town, made a wrong turn or two, asked a heap of directions (and got rid of more fliers ) till I was finally on the (cool old) bridge heading west into OH

There were no entering OH signs, But for the heck of it you may get a kick out of this one I forgot to put on the last post

I was pretty stoked; had just done a drop and was enterring a new state (where the land would flatter). There was one long hill, gettiing away from the river, but nothing like the grades of PA. But, before I got there, I came across the local congressional office of one Charlie Wilson.

Now, remember, I was trying to make up lost time, so I debated stopping for about… a nanosecond… and turned up into the drive. The Lady at the desk was very nice and we had a bit of a conversation about 1207. Seeing as I know very little of the congressman, I tailoered the pitch to suit, and after hearing her promise to pass my concerns on to her boss, left a few fliers (and a CfL constitution) and went on my way.

After leaving I called LibertyRider#3 Rob Pepe and asked him to look into Congressman Wilson and do a followup call. It turns out that Rep. Wilson is a Blue Dog Democrat on the Financial Services Committee, and that the staffer was impressed enough with my stop as to give Rob the name and numbers for the Legislayive Assistant in DC, whom Rob has since been lobbying. The original post on this side bar story made the front page of CfL and is continueing to develop. As I have stated, if we get another co-sponsor out of this, I will have to learn to dance a jig.

The final encounter of the day was anothr sheriff, whose office ws less that an mile off route. I was a bit taken aback when I saw the Sheriff’s tank out front

and wondered what would encounter. But have never let a peice of military hardware disuade me from my goal and went on in. Again the Sheriff was not around and I met with a deputy. Again the officer was a bit shocked to see me standing there, wearing a gadsden flag hat and expressing my displeasure at being negatively profiled by the DHS because of my political beliefs, but at least he could see the bike parked in front and warmed up as I explained why I was delivering the books and the significance of each…

From there I pedaled on to a small, seemingly quiet, country motel and got off the road before dark. What happened in the middle of the night I will save for the next post, – haha.

pedal pedal

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  1. June 4th, 2009 at 04:26 | #1

    You rock. Start learning that jig! Pedal, pedal…

  2. Tom Martin
    June 4th, 2009 at 05:18 | #2

    So how many speeders have they ticketed with that tank?

  3. June 4th, 2009 at 05:31 | #3

    Dear Michael –

    Thanks for your note and keep plugging on! Thanks a lot for your note and keep dodging those tanks! Good luck in Ohio!

    Jake Towne
    2010 Candidate U.S. Congress PA-15

  4. June 4th, 2009 at 11:07 | #4

    I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT POST!!! Did something like ‘Debby Does Dallas’ or something like ‘Psycho’ happen!!!! LOL
    XO
    Lisa

  5. admin
    June 4th, 2009 at 16:53 | #5
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    Hmmm… maybe I should have spent some more time in Lancaster… :p Sadly, it was more the psycho variety… Getting on it now…

  6. June 7th, 2009 at 13:16 | #6

    “But have never let a piece of military hardware dissuade me from my goal and went on in.”

    Heck of a line! 🙂

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