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Jun 18, 2006
Following Kenny Souza on RAAM--Day 7

Saturday this writer was a rider, hence the late report. I did the Terrible Two, a 200-mile bicycle ride with 16,000’ of elevation gain. I experienced exhaustion, overheating, dehydration, cramping, and severe fatigue in just a 12 hour ride. It helped, in some small way, to better understand what Kenny is going through. I struggled to finish my ride. Imagine experiencing those feelings day after day, and night after night! It’s simply mind-boggling.

 

The weather in Kansas

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Jun 16, 2006
Following Kenny Souza on RAAM--Day 5

I spoke with Gretchen, Kenny’s Crew Chief at 4:30 A.M. PDT today. I told her to call me ANY time as I needed an update. Mobile phone coverage is spotty out there in Eastern Colorado and Kansas!

Kenny had a great day! After another long rest in Alamosa, CO, Kenny got on the bike and this time, the legs seemed to be cooperating. Gretchen tells me Kenny requested the time-trial bike and the crew mounted the rear disk wheel. There’s something about the time-trial bike and the constant

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Jun 15, 2006
Day 4--RAAM leader Robic abandons, Kenny Souza has meltdown…and continues

On Tuesday night, Kenny arrives in Durango, CO with the intention of taking the mandatory two-hour rest and continuing on. However, he isn’t in any condition to continue so he and the crew elect to take an additional 5-hour rest. Kenny checks into a hotel and rests. I do the same.

It’s Wednesday morning now, 6:30 A.M., and I awake in my hotel room with no alarm.  Wow, a good night’s sleep in a bed—instead of a car—clean clothes, a shower, a shave, and, well, the other "s." What

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Jun 15, 2006
Day 4--RAAM leader Robic abandons, Kenny Souza has meltdown…and continues

On Tuesday night, Kenny arrives in Durango, CO with the intention of taking the mandatory two-hour rest and continuing on. However, he isn’t in any condition to continue so he and the crew elect to take an additional 5-hour rest. Kenny checks into a hotel and rests. I do the same.

It’s Wednesday morning now, 6:30 A.M., and I awake in my hotel room with no alarm.  Wow, a good night’s sleep in a bed—instead of a car—clean clothes, a shower, a shave, and, well, the other "s." What

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Jun 14, 2006
Following Kenny Souza on RAAM, Day 3

Kenny riding through the desertKenny emerges from a short rest in the early morning of the third day of Race Across America (RAAM). Not dawn mind you, but still early. After riding through most of the night and arriving in Mexican Hat, UT at 4 A.M. I suppose a few hours of sleep is deserved. At the end of Day 2, I wished for a good third day for Kenny. In all honesty, he wasn’t to have a stellar day.

Kenny takes off and gets the legs moving while the crew takes care of his every need. They feed him, pump up the

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