9/30/08 - Bridgeport, NY - It was a nice morning run. The sun was shining, the team was well rested and we were traveling a nice flat road with wide shoulders.
About 10:30 am we met our first journalist for the day. Channel 9 from Syracuse sent out a Photo Journalist to shoot some footage and do an interview for the evening news. He spent about an hour and a half getting the material he needed.
Not long after this, Deedee was nodding in the traces and actually fell down on the road. I slammed on the brakes, stopped the team and had to undo the heel chains so she could stand up. She wasn’t hurt or even shook up, but I guess that woke her up. On the down side, I picked up a rub in my right front brake assembly.
At next wide spot in the road, I turned out for lunch and took a look at the brakes. During lunch, my friend Tim and a friend of his stopped by to fix the rub in the brakes.
A reporter for the Syracuse paper stopped by for an interview before I hitched up.
During lunch, I met Harry Smith, a long time teamster who joined me for a three mile run to my overnight destination - the farm of Jack Lyons. Harry had a great time driving the team during the post lunch run. Along the way, we met a photographer from another newspaper.
I’m camped at Jack Lyon’s farm tonight. The horses are out on about 15 acres of good graze and having a great time. Jack’s Farm Manager - “Cricket” made sure I was comfortable for the night and cooked us a great venison supper.
We didn’t drive very far today, only about seven miles, but we spent about 3 hours with reporters and had to do a brake repair. (More work to do on the brakes in the morning).