Day 55 - Nuts, Bolts, Dents and Paint

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
Trip End Sep 24, 2008

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

 Every day draws closer to the final ride home. This past weekend has been a continuation of the weekend before.  The Rally was a lot of fun and I met a lot of great new friends. Friday and Saturday were a challenge due to rain again. I have seen more rain since I've been in PA than I did on the whole trip prior. It has been fun though. I even got invited up on stage by the band to talk about my ride and fundraising efforts. I was soaking wet and the microphone cut out on me but it was cool for them to let me do it and I appreciated it. This time of year up here is really pleasant. Based on the hurricanes in FL, I'm better off not being there anyway. Hopefully my house is still in one piece.
One new friend I met, Jason Farr, needed some help with his phone and computer. Being the bike riding geek that I am, I helped him get it working. In exchange he invited me up to his place in Scranton so that he could help me fix the dent in my gas tank and repaint the tank and fenders. That is a major job and it was really great for him to offer so I took him up on it. We packed up Sunday and said goodbye to Daniel and Christine and headed to Scranton, PA. Growing up in PA, I have been to Philadelphia and Pittsburg but never to the northeast part of PA very much. This works out well because I get to see a nice part of the state that I have never seen before. I haven't had a chance to update the blog until now because Internet access is sparse up here and we have been spending the past few days working on the bike. I have it in more pieces than I ever expected on the trip. I'm pretty sure I can get it back together again, otherwise  I will be coming home on a new bike or a plane. I'm not too worried though. I've had more complicated projects before.
I know things are slowing down for my ride and it will be coming to a close in about another week. I do hope everyone remembers the cause I'm riding for . The Paypal link is still active. If you haven't contributed yet, please  do so If you can. Just click the support my travels link and remember everything I collect is going to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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