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Due to mechanical problems with their plane and storms near Philadelphia, John and two downhillers with the USA Cycling Club were stranded at the airport overnight. Fortunately John's mom is traveling with them and she got them on a flight to London from where I got her call this morning at 8:30. She called because they have been separated from their luggage and their bikes and engaged me to track them down. I had no luck as the final destination carrier is held responsible.
I got a call from Mom at about noon and they had arrived in Munich but no luggage and she filed a claim. We talked and I encouraged her to send the boys ahead to hook up with USA Cycling and spend whatever it costs. This is where our fundraising was, and is, so important. Getting to the starting line is not always a simple affair and our expenses just went up. I am so glad the community supported our desire to send an adult along with John.

We continue to ask for support from the cycling community as this cluster-bleep will be expensive.
 

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Yikes! When I traveled to S. Africa and Tanzania one piece of luggage was always 'lost' on each leg of my travels. In Tanzania it was the bag that contained all my climbing gear. Without that bag my climb of Kilimanjaro would not be possible. With only minutes to spare, a complete break down over breakfast and some fast driving on behalf of my guide I was able to retrieve my bag nearly 24 hours later. If they can do that in a third world country surely they can reunited these cyclists with their luggage!

I hope John can stay calm during this part of his adventure!
 

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Berkeley Mike said:
but planes stranded on tarmacs and lost luggage isn't very romantic.
From a gal that has traveled most of the world solo...they can be. ;)

No matter what happens, he's going to return with stories to be told for a lifetime and that is what really matters.
 
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