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We went out for BBQ and celebrated Bill’s birthday with a couple pitchers of beer. We’d been kicking around driving up to Wisconsin for a few days of the Tour of Americas Dairyland.

While we were discussing the idea, Tom Schuler called and then showed up with a grandfather clock he needed taken up to Wisconsin. It was his grandmother’s, who passed away last month at 113 years old. I told Tom he might be in luck and I could get it there as early as Monday. He said, “Not soon enough.” Tom told me it was a small grandfather clock and that he just taken it over to FedEx to ship it, but they wouldn’t. I went out to load it into my van in the parking lot of the BBQ place. I expected it to be all packed up, but no, just a grandfather clock, minus the pendulum and weights. It is so like Tom to just show up at FedEx with a completely unpacked clock.

So decision made. Furniture hauling and bike racing. It’s always nice to have 2nd reason to drive such a long way. It really isn’t that far, less than 700 miles. Tom is promoting the ToAD races, so maybe I’ll be able to work a deal out for clock hauling.

There is a 80 mile road race on Monday and then my favorite race of the event, the Brewer’s Hill Criterium. It is at the Schlitz Brewery and has a pretty good climb each lap. I guess it’s a new course this year with more climbing and a more technical descent. Should be fun. I still have 5 days of antibiotics to take. Probably will take them today and reevaluate tomorrow.

I released the mother cat that bit me, at 1 am last night. Just for good old times, she bit through the glove I was wearing and got a couple of her teeth into my thumb. She wasn’t going to become a tame cat and there are 4 more kittens that need more space to run. I also caught the mother cat of the 4 kittens in a live trap yesterday morning and took her to the vet to get spayed on Monday. This cat catch and release thing is becoming costly. Only a few more to go.

Alright, I’d better get moving. 10 hours to drive. We’re going to try to go for a ride when we get there. The weather is showing rain both days. I hope that doesn’t occur, but the way this season has been, I bet it rains cats and dogs.

3 thoughts on “ToAD

  1. bob

    Steve what about a mesh kevlar glove? you get them at the sporting goods store and use them for filleting fish, oyster shuckers wear them too. It might help avoid future bites

  2. Manhattan mitch

    Steve thanks for all you do for the animals and great stories.I think I’m ready for another dog after hearing how much your dog means to you.


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