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Day 174 - March 23, 2006
I'm in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. About 70 miles from the Manitoba border.

I've been having incredible experiences with some of the finest folk on earth. Larry Gullingsrud's family took care of me for me for three nights and four days. Fed me, housed me, drove me. Wonderful folks. Norm Gullingsrud gave me tours of Gary, Minnesota, Mahnomen, MN, two counties, took me to a Lions Club meeting, set me up with a radio station for an interview, taught me about farming and living in northern Minnesota. Good things. I met Norm and Larry's Mom and Dad. Selmer Gullingsrud will turn ninety next month on the 20th and he and his wife will celebrate 60 yrs of marriage in June. Larry's niece, Debbie is a babe beyond belief. My whole experience was simply remarkable. Getting to the Gullingsrud sphere of Influence was fun. If your ever in Randall, Minnesota stay at the Innsbruck Motel. It's clean, quaint and owned by some super friendly folks. When your next in the area ask to stay in the JUngle/safari room. You won't regret it.

Little Falls, MN was cute. Home of Charles Lindbergh(the aviator) and also the place where Weyerhauser started. Some guy named John Weyerhauser started the now enormously successful company back in the 1860's. Dan Henry from Haines joined me two days ago. I now have a truck so I only have to hitch hike one way each day instead of twice. A luxury I haven't had in many a month. Owoooooooooooooooooooooooooh! It's so good just to talk to someone from back home.

I only have a few days before I'm in Canada and in about ten days I'll start my two week bike experience. Dan brought the bike that Sockeye Cycle donated to me as well. It will be nice to get caught up and not have to worry about not getting back to Skagway by October 1st. I'm still hoping to get to Nome and then back home by the 3rd week in September or by the 27th or 28th at the latest. By the way, Thief River Falls is where they manufacture Arctic Cat snowmobiles. Impressive facility. I'm not scoring too many points when I tell folks I owned a Polaris.

Now don't forget....when next in Randall, MN stay at the Innsbruck Motel. Bye for now.

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