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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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Jun 13, 2006
Following Kenny Souza on RAAM, Day 2

go kenny!The alarm rings at 5 A.M. It’s Monday morning, I wake up, pack some clothes, camera gear and head into work to take care of a few last details before heading to the airport. I’m flying to Phoenix to intercept Kenny Souza on day two of his Race Across America (RAAM).

From Phoenix, I drive to Flagstaff and arrive just after Kenny checks in to the time station. He’s just ridden almost 500 miles straight. I bang on the door of the motor home with my camera around my neck and ask if I can

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