From Maine to San Diego, Clint Valentine, front, and Paul Dorr pedal their way into history in the Susan G. Koman cause of fighting breast cancer.
Photo by Andy Towle.
Biking across the country, Paul and Clint stopped by our offices (Payson Roundup) on a deadline day, (not the best time) but I talked with them and set up a place along the highway where I could get a good shot of them whizzing past on their way to Phoenix. Once they zipped passed me, I jumped in my car to catch up with them and possibly get another shot or two.
They had stopped and were waiting for me to catch up. I pulled over and we talked about their trip. Being from 'back east', way back East, like the East Coast of Maine, the conversation was a might short as they were conservative with words.
Perhaps it was because they were nearing their goal with a focus on San Diego, CA. No doubt they were eager to reach their destination and were tired of focusing on where they been.
Paul volunteered most of their information, but Clint said a few words and mentioned his run-in with a baby snake.
Clint had played with a baby rattlesnake not too long ago, which gave me a start as I had learned several summers ago, that baby rattlers release all of their venom when they bite you and are more dangerous than adults in that respect. But he seemed none the worse for the experience except, that he probably wouldn't be doing that again.
It appeared that the long trip had seasoned them into solitary travelers who had a great love of the outdoors and like mountain men before them they were set apart from others.
An economy of words is a sign of a solitary existence lived with confidence, and knowledge that whatever comes along would be dealt with successfully. Another case of lemons into lemonade.
Being from 'back east' myself (Wis.), I was surprised by the things I have learned and engaged them with before they left.
I knew by going down into the desert they were going to need a few words about the heat, the dryness and the sun.
For instance, before your mouth gets too dry, it is a good idea to find a clean small pebble or a button and suck on it, to keep your mouth from drying out. Always wear a hat. Rest often. Keep water handy and drink it in small doses.
I wished them a safe and speedy journey and we each went our separate ways.
I must apologize for my inhospitality at being irked on a deadline day. It is because one gets into a routine and then when an adventure comes along one doesn't recognize it for the opportunity it presents.
Be well, Paul and Clint. Be safe and may you enjoy many more adventures.
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