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Run for Freedom 2007

Updates From The Road

Today we were greeted by the river animals, right after we all started to get there a elderly man showed up and started feeding the ducks, geese and mother and child ground hog. For the last couple of years now we have been greeted by the ground hogs and now there are babies. This first section of the run is really tough it has a lot of traffic, construction, strip malls on and on. We started out with a reading from the Leonard Peltier web site.

We finished up around 2:30 and headed for Delza and Cathy's as always we are greated by a gang of Dogs and Cats the picture above is only about 1/2 of them. Delza and Cathy have been hosting our first overnight on this run for the last four years now. They have both been my friends for a long time Delza I have known for almost 30 years. They always take really good care of us. They both know about Leonard Peltier and this is their way of supporting him. For the last couple of years now Delza has been bicycling so he asked me if he could ride a few miles this year for Leonard. And I said yes so tomorrow we will have our first rider for freedom.

After a great rest we received a phone call from our friend Terry Stagman saying at the last minute he had to work and wanted to wish us luck. Delza led us off and is going to cover 30 miles that leaves the rest of us around 25 miles to cover. This section has a lot of hills but the road is a little more quiet and the scenery is beautiful.

Towards the end of the day we got some really needed rain and I got the pleasure of running through it. We ended the run at Serpent Mound the largest and serpent effigy in the United States. Nearly a quarter of a mile long, Serpent Mound apparently represents an uncoiling serpent and was built buy the Adena (800 BC-AD 100). Burial Mounds also surround the serpent, a very proper place to end this run. Our thoughts and prayers are with Leonard Peltier and all prisoners of conscience.