This story made me smile. From Quad-Cities Online via the Chicago Tribune:
MOLINE, Ill. – The 2009 Illinois State Horseshoe Tournament is being held this weekend in Moline, and organizers are marveling at the dedication of one contestant.
Chuck Carter wanted to toss the shoes so much that he traveled 233 miles from his home in Cahokia — and he did it on bicycle.
But that’s the way the 58-year-old Carter travels. He has logged tens of thousands of miles in the past 27 years, and he’s worn out seven bicycles pedaling as far as New York and the Pacific Northwest.
Carter says that when he was younger, he lost his toes to frostbite in a hunting trip. He has an artificial knee and says his rib cage has been held together with wires since he was stomped on by a bull when he worked in the rodeo.
Now, that’s dedication.