Friday, 11 July 2008

Call details and some enlightenment

You can hear Jenn at 11.02 minutes/seconds into the latest podcast - she sounds good and on top of things again- it's lovely to hear.

And thanks to bikerbob who's left a comment on our previous post, not only does he set the record straight about Pie Town, he sheds some light on that police incident, which is reassuring. I think.



Anonymous said...

Never blogged before so wonder how this goes..anyway, I'm a kiwi who has been following Simon's little adventure, and has been left awe of what you all have/will achieve/ed. Simon has completed but I'm still logging in to read that message that Jenn too has completed the adventure, and all on a trusty singlespeed. You are a fantastic role model, hang in there, look after yourself, the finish line is getting closer and closer.

pixiefixie said...

Just soooo pleased Jenn is making good progress - how on earth she does it after being hijacked by that bug,I don't know :-)
But I do know that,although I only know Jenns' face from races, that I'm so caught up in her superhuman achievements through all this that it's quite blown me away!
More wind to your wheels Jenn and so well done for coping with the glitches along the way - you didn't stumble or even fall - you just hit the ground pedalling !!

Best of everything for the weekend - I going to have to find an internet cafe over the weekend to keep up to date......

Amanda said...

Ever since Jenn told me she was doing this I have been rooting for her, it is so good to see that she is back on the road (well, dirt) again. I felt so frustrated for her when she picked up that bug but should have known that she could handle it. I am even starting to feel excited now that the finish line is nearly in sight.

Keep shovelling the ice cream down Jenn to get your strength back, even if you have to walk bits it is all good practice for the three peaks in September!!

Jenn's Dad said...

This time it's a very special thank you to Bikerbob for his comment yesterday. It's good to know that the long arm of the law was in fact looking after Jenn and this seems to be common practice out there from what you say. Good that she had a rest which probably did her a world of good.

Keep eating and pedalling Jenn, the red line is getting further on down the map aand I know your going to make it to the finish in good time.

I know you're heading for Pie Town which is OK. If it was called Cake Town you'd probably stop there for good. How about one of you good ladies out there to come up with a recipe for "Jenn's Great Divide Cake".

Go Jenn

Lots of love


Tom said...

Jenn, great to you're back on, moving and have at least some of your legs back (albeit now even more skinny twiglet legs).

Anyway, head down now and knuckle down for the final push. Everyone is behind you, willing you forward. Don't dwell on the <20 days thing. (I think you'd have murdered that had it not been for the infection). What you're doing and what you'll achieve is amazing in it's own right.

All the best for the last few legs.

Allez Jenn


Anonymous said...

here's hoping you hit it during opening hours...get there, raid all the pies and peddle on....

I take it you *did* pack your special pie carrying pouch? ;p

happy peddling Jenn

rabbit x

BikerBob said...

Hi again from the Land of Enchantment – New Mexico,

I certainly don’t want to dwell on the issue of the Navajo police officer, but when Jenn was stopped she was in the “Navajo Nation.” Legally it is somewhat separate from the U.S.A. At least that seems to be the way it is sorted out in the legal system. That description is not completely accurate, but it is definitely how they feel about it.

I have been stopped, questioned, and searched without cause while on the road in Navajo country. The reservations are checker boarded all over western New Mexico and eastern Arizona. The various pueblos also have their own police and they do the same thing. Years ago they did not necessarily wear a uniform or show you a badge, but the guns talk for themselves. On a club bike road ride through the Acoma Pueblo a couple of our riders almost got arrested for trying to “use a bush.” We were sternly informed that we were on “sacred land.” If you don’t know, then it can take you by surprise.

As a quick aside, the WWII “Code Talkers” in the Pacific arena were Navajos. A few of them are still alive. The Japanese were never able to break their code, which was plain Navajo. Well sort of, a “pony” might be a ship or a plane, but you get the point. Some years ago I was out there and I had a new radio in my car. When I turned it on I was sure my kids had broken it because of the weird noises that were coming out of the speakers. Then, amidst the noise I clearly heard the words: “economic development” and “Coca Cola.” The Japanese never had a chance to decipher it because there is no written Navajo language. Tough luck, bad break! Navajo is now transliterated with our alphabet, but they have no ciphers of their own to tip you off.

A local Anglo writer, Tony Hillerman, has written many mystery novels based on the Navajo culture. Once I start one, I cannot stop until I am done. So, I will not pick one up to read at bedtime, because inevitably it will be 4-5 am before I turn out the light. Mr. Hillerman is highly respected by the Navajos.

“Ceremony” by Leslie Marmon Silko is an excellent novel about a Laguna man’s struggle to heal after he returned from WWII. Even though it is not about a Navajo, it would also give you a glimpse of some of the issues the Navajo policeman might have been considering.

Now that Jenn has passed safely through the area, I will tell you that recently I was warned by a ranch hand while I was riding on the main GDMBR route between Cuba and Grants about some bandits in the Cuba area. Prayers were answered. Enough said.