Transplant Athlete
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
  Lake Village to Jackson Wyoming

We had an hour and a half to go 20 miles from Lake Village back to West Thumb. I was making good time until I got a flat. I patched the flat and took off. Within 2 miles, the tire flatted again. I was running short of time, so I pulled out my CO2 Cartridge and filled the tire up and hopped back on. That got me another 2 miles down the road. I used my last CO2 Cartridge and was able to go another 2 miles down the road. I pulled over and pulled the tube out. The patch had failed. I put on another patch and pumped it up with my frame pump. I got another 2 miles down the road. I had to be at West Thumb at 8am or else...So I rode it in on the rim. I was 5 minutes late, which meant I held everyone up.
There is a section of Yellowstone road that doesn't allow bikes, so we had to get shuttled to Colter Bay. We then had a really easy ride down to South Jenny Lake with Great Views of the Grand Tetons. We had crazy hard headwinds into Jackson but we had plenty of time to get there. Kevin Kaiser and I rode together for awhile after lunch. I'm still having issues with eating lunch. I can't seem to put out any power after lunch.
I walked around Jackson a little bit.

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I've gone through kidney failure twice. The first time in 2000, my mother donated a kidney; and again in 2008, I'm on dialysis waiting for a breakthrough in immuno-suppression medicines before seeking a new kidney.

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