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05/30/2003 Entry: "Erie, Pennsylvania"

If you've read the past few journal entries, you can see that everyone has had a bit different story for the past few days. There is one tidbit that was omitted from the last time we wrote. We would like to thank Fred at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge in Fremont, Ohio for letting us stay in the picnic shelter behind their stately building. It saved us from a heavy downpour. That was a few days ago and with everything going on we forgot to mention it in a previous journal entry.

We also have another round of thanks to make. Yesterday we got to stay in a cabin right on Lake Erie at Bob Stanton City Park in Madison, Ohio. We called the city parks department to see if we could stay in their city park and they hooked us up with a fabulous place to stay. Matt and Paul from the parks department are fellow cyclists and were happy to help us out. Bill Stanton City Park used to be a church camp before the city bought it. They just finished up the renovations to the park and it is a great place to stay. We highly recommend it. The only downside was patchy cell phone service which led to a long day for three of our crew. If you would like to find out more information on reserving a cabin at the park, check out the at Madison Township Parks Department websiteThanks again to Paul and Matt for helping us out, we really appreciate it!

Today was quite a wet ride to Erie, Pennsylvania. The last few miles were a bit more exciting than I would have liked. I had a close encounter with a minivan driver that neglected to look where he is going before turning. We didn't make contact, but it's a good reminder that we have to be ready for bad drivers as we go through more heavily populated areas in the remainder of the trip. Then I hit a pothole and my wheel started to wobble. It took some work, but my wheel is now true again. Practice makes perfect. Today we rode to Erie, Pennsylvania, where the Erie Shriners Hospital is located. Paul, Norm, and I arrived earlier this afternoon and did a show for some of the patients and staff around 4pm. Hopefully the rest of the guys should be arriving soon so we can give them a full show tonight. Once again we are treated to an awesome place to stay. We're inside and we have free food...all that a biker could want!

I've got to get going so I can get some maps for the upcoming days to Niagara Falls. That's all until next time.




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