Day 56: St. Paul, Minnesota

This is just a quick note to all that are following along. I’m near the St. Paul airport and am picking up a rental car and driving back to Sarasota. I have had a quick look at your comments, but just don’t have time to answer them all, I have to pick up the car.

Thanks to all for so much concern and I’ll post when I have time from home. You’re a great bunch and it is nice to know the team is cheering for me.

Too bad you didn’t see me vault off of the bike, the German judges gave me a 9.7.

Author: Dennis Blanchard

Dennis Blanchard was born in Bristol, Connecticut. He and his wife Jane moved to New Hampshire in 1980 where he has climbed thirty 4000-foot mountains, biked the trails and enjoyed the wilderness. Never living very far from the Appalachian Trail, Dennis was always aware of the seductive siren’s call to hike it. Dennis is an electronics engineer who has freelanced for amateur radio, technical and motorcycle adventure magazines. He now lives in Sarasota, Florida.

8 thoughts on “Day 56: St. Paul, Minnesota”

  1. Sorry for the bad break. I was enjoying the trip vicariously- until the last part. Get home safe. (You made it a long way, though, just saying)

  2. hi Dennis-

    have a safe trip going home.
    i hope you’ll be back on the road when your bike gets fixed (or another bike)
    and will be able to continue which i guess is dependent on weather.


  3. So sorry Dennis to read of your crash! After checking the radar in central MN tonite, knowing that it had been raining heavy there for the past couple days, I figured I would check in to see if it was impacting your journey. And then I saw the sorry news. First and foremost, I am glad it was one you could walk/limp away from. That you are in such good physical condition I think played a role in your surviving what could have had a totally different outcome.
    I had only recently been telling my local ARC about your journey. You were the standard bearer for all us senior hams… and still are!
    I had hoped to meet you as you passed along north-central Massachusetts, or if need be travel to Newburyport and treat you to a seafood feed. Consider a rain-check issued, my friend. Safe travels to Florida. Take your time and make good use of the second chance you’ve been given.
    Best 73′

    1. Thanks for the nice thoughts Jack. Depending on what the future holds, I could end up going back to finish the last 1300 miles. I have a few other chores that need doin’ first though. Funny, I was just riding along thinking about if I would get on the air that night when I ended up launching through the air!

      See you on PSK31 once things get back to normal. I have to unpack still.

      Dennis, K1YPP

  4. So sorry to hear of your crash 🙁 I enjoyed following along and reading about your adventures. I do hope you get back out and finish where you left off! I look forward to meeting you next time you venture to the NH/MA area.

  5. OUCH OUCH OUCH OUCH. Jesse has been keeping the Pos Speaking TM crew up to date, and he showed us the pic. Ouch Ouch Ouch. Sympathy. AND relieved the results were not worse.

    Have been slaving up and down hills, vicariously thru your efforts, and have thoroughly enjoyed it all.

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