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Jun 20, 2006
Following Kenny Souza on RAAM--Day 10

Kenny has now passed through Circleville, OH, on the way to Athens, OH. Things are looking up for Kenny. This morning, the crew left Kenny alone to ride up the road while they picked up some food for him. Crew Chief Gretchen left Kenny with her phone as a precautionary measure. The ever-mischievous Souza decided to make a few calls while riding up the road and I was fortunate enough to be on the receiving end.

I missed the call but Kenny left a message, which went something like

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Jun 19, 2006
Following Kenny Souza on RAAM--Day 9

oceanside to atlantic cityKenny’s cruising along near the Illinois/Indiana border at this writing. The terrain has flattened out again. It’s warm and humid but Kenny’s moving along nicely. He averaged about 17 mph between the last time stations after a 5-hour rest last night.

The crew’s tired, Kenny’s tired, but they all plug away knowing the end isn’t too far off. Best estimates indicate a very late Wednesday or sometime Thursday finish for Kenny.

I spoke with Kenny’s son Dalton yesterday on the phone.

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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 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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