Posted by Gail Marino on September 02, 2004 at 07:34:09:
In Reply to: RACE ACROSS AMERICA-Louis Rodriguez updates posted by Gail Marino on August 02, 2004 at 09:02:43:
RAA DAY # 55 THURSDAY 8/05/04
We leave Indianapolis today & head off to Dunreith, Indiana for 44.1 miles with a cutoff of 12 hrs 36 min. I was a few minutes late to the meeting & noticed Don was not there. G told me that Dons feet were in too much pain this morning & decided to drop out. It is very sad to see anyone drop out. I am sure that this must have been a very difficult decision for him to make, especially after going this far. I was really sorry to see G leave. He is a very nice man, with a very quiet but intelligent demeanor.
The morning started out slightly cool but the sun shined brightly. Lou stayed with Taka for the 1st 2 miles. Taka was a little tired but was moving well. I think that Kaz, Olivier, Lou & Taka were all saddened to see Don leave. He became a fixture that completed the back crew. Now Kaz, not only wore Grame's number along with his own, but Dons too. At 3 miles, we were now in a Mexican neighborhood & thanks to Yeison, we had plenty of pamphlets written in Spanish for the mailboxes, & stores along the way.
After a while, Lou ran with Kaz for a few miles. Then moved on to run with Olivier. Dario, then starting throwing rocks at them. They laughed as they ran on. It was difficult finding parking spots for aid stops, so most of us started using side streets & driveways. But where there are driveways, there are usually mailboxes. So Lou & I were in our glory with all the mailboxes to fill. We will never know how many people looking through their mailboxes, will actually be affected either positively or otherwise by these pamphlets, but we can hope that it will create a spark & maybe light a flame, that early detection will save lives.
Everyone ran well & finished within cutoff even after putting in 151.9 miles in 3 days, under unspeakable weather conditions, dangerous roads & the loss of Don & G. I was sad that Don would not take 1 day off, & continue on for the remaining 2 weeks as a journey runner. Now there are 7 to continue on. Till tomorrow.
Lou & Agnes
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