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When summoning up what was for him a vivid memory, Tucker spoke of trains — commercial trains, transporting the products that power the U.S., from one side of the country to the other (i.e., food, feed, coal, machine parts). He learned that America runs on the rails, and every route he took, every which way he looked, he was most often accompanied by the iconic "iron rooster" — fast, and long as far as he could see. They were Tucker's faithful companions during the day, and their distant whistles were soothing nighttime lullabies. In the end, Earl, Glen, and Tucker's narratives revealed this to be a trip of contrasts. The red/white/blue arc of unflagging patriotism and optimism juxtaposed with the grit of personal and physical discom- fort. There were the stunning farmlands and the "hollowed out" towns where industry once thrived. Route 66, in its time an iconic thorough- fare for freedom, is past its heyday. While one rides, America whizzes past as a geographic and cultural blur; when one rests, people come into technicolor, with ready smiles and warm welcomes. One relies on the kindness of strangers, the trust in one's intimate road companions, and an unspoken, blind faith in the road ahead. For a couple of months in the summer of 2017, these three men ful- filled their dreams of wanderlust and found there were new neighbors to be met around every corner. n TO READ GLEN'S BLOG, visit www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/19315. n FOR A MAP OF THE TRIP, visit http://trackmytour.com/K0SkG#1866527. n TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TEAM'S FUNDRAISING EFFORTS, visit www.classy.org/campaign/tour-2-cure/c137864 and partakers.org. I 123 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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