Hello Fans, Friends and Family

Thursday, June 24th:  Last night we picked up Bob & Eileen Griffith, Judy’s brother and his wife, from Kearney Airport.  It is a small airport and the planes that land there are not that big either.  This morning Bob and I went to John and JoEllen Wiese’s and we all drove out to the pastures and did some off-roading and roads less traveled.  There was some exciting maneuvering on some of the paths.  We then went to Oconto for lunch at La Havana, a new Cuban restaurant in town.  Most restaurants in these small towns are down-home style cooking.  A restaurant like this is very unusual for a small town.

Friday, June 25th:  Today I went to the rodeo just outside of town.  They started out with bareback bronc riding.  There was not too many riders in that category.  After that they had calf-roping.   Not all the calves got roped.  Some of them got away.  Then they had saddle bronc riding.  There were a lot of good riders but some of the riders got thrown to the ground.  I then got to watch the steer wrestling.  These cowboys can really throw those steer around.  Later in the evening they had bull riding, but it was too dark for pictures by then.  There was, however, a nice full moon to finish the evening with.  This is the end of my 13th week of cycling with only 23 miles cycled this week.  Too many other activities going on.  The total mileage for 13 weeks of cycling is now 3988 miles of my 10,000 mile bicycle ride around the United States for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Saturday, June 26th:  This morning I had to get up early for a 5-K Fun Run in town.  I haven’t done any running for almost 2 years, but I came in 3rd for my age group (50 and above) and finished 12th out of 23 runners.  After the run they had a parade.  It is not your typical big city parade, but then this is a town of only about 500 people.  I could sit and watch the parade from the porch of Judy’s family house.  You can see Judy on one of the floats.  She is holding a blue umbrella and is riding with all her classmates from her graduating class of 1960.  Here they still throw candy out to the kids watching the parade.  They had some horse riders following the parade dressed in various unique attire.  I thought the miniature horses were particularly cute.  There was only one thing left after the horses.  After the parade they had festivities at the local park for the kids.  They had a home-made choo-choo train that was continuously full of kids.  They had a put-together miniature golf course, inflatable bouncers, dunk tank, and food concessions.  In the afternoon, for the adults, they had mud drag competition.  Later that evening they had the Alumni Dinner and celebrated the honor graduating years.  There was a dance in the evening, but by then it was getting late and I was feeling my legs from the run this morning.

Sunday, June 27th:  Today is scheduled a Hay Ride to Woodward Homestead, a local ranch established in 1919 where we had breakfast.  The ride took us almost an hour over some pretty rough trails to get there.  There were also quite a few people who rode their horses to the breakfast.  Judging by the number of people showing up, it is a pretty popular event.  The ride is free and once you get there you pay $5.00 for eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, juice and cowboy coffee.  At the ranch they had a sod house that was their original home.  They also have a building with a lot of old antiques on display.  In the afternoon they had toad and turtle races with real toads and turtles.  They also had rubber duck races.  Not quite as exciting as the toads and turtles.  Tomorrow we will leave Callaway and drive to Blair, NE where I will continue my 10,000 mile bicycle ride around the United States for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  So until then, Saving Lives One Mile at a Time – – – Wes & Judy    http://www.jacobsonexpress.com

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