Friday, June 22, 2012
At this writing Francis, Susan and I are barrelling down the highway in the RV, moving the ”elelphant” as I call it, two time stations up the road. Gunnar started at 6:35 this morning from TS 38 in Sullivan, Indiana and has passed TS 39 and TS 40. (130 miles) His evening crew hopes to meet up with us in Blanchester, Ohio TS 42, sometime in the early morning hours. That’s another 100 miles up the trail. Gunnar is tired and sleep-deprived, but in good spirits, and this afternoon he was strong.
I always thought of Indiana as flat, but the scenery is decidedly hilly where Gunnar was biking today. Hilly and hot. But also beautiful, and we passed through many rural towns with populations in the hundreds, where Walmart and McDonalds are still a good drive away. The United States is a country of contrasts, and I am sure the winding roads, small farms and peaceful scenery were not lost on Gunnar, even as he struggled up the hills.
Thank you for all of your encouraging words. And a special thanks to Bosse D. and his son Aaron for the two CDs you put together for Gunnar to listen to. They are much appreciated by the crew as well and will forever more be associated with RAAM.
As I checked the Cancer Society here at McDonalds to see how much Gunnar had already collected, I saw that you have already contributed over 25000 Skr. Thank you for your generosity! I am looking forward to reporting that to Gunnar tonight when he finally reaches TS42. The evening crew reported that he had left TS41 and was on his way here.
Fight on, Gunnar. Kämpa!
P.S. Due to limited wifi access, you often get more than one posting when we make it to a McDonalds. Sorry about the time delay.