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  • The morning after the four of us arrived in Alabama we awoke in a bunk house run by the Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization(HERO). It was hot, and in course of three days I had gone from winter to spring to summer. The heat warmed my aching knee and the welcoming committee (a few americorp vista volunteers) made the trip seem doable. Finally the four riders were all together, and the idea that had started as joke on a ride the year before was becoming a reality. Marc O'Brien's vision and leadership had somehow managed to get us all down there. We were shown the space where we were to build our bikes. It was big empty, and beautiful. A dog named Henry ran through the open space, a work glove torn apart in his mouth. This was not the first day of the project, but it felt like it was. Seventy-four more were soon to come. Alabama. Mississippi. Arkansas. Oklahoma. Kansas. Colorado. Utah. Nevada. California.

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