Horseshoe Commuter

Photo © Todd Mizener

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.

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5 Responses to “Horseshoe Commuter”

  • ToddBS says:

    While I applaud this guy’s dedication (the rib thing sounds especially uncomfortable) I am dismayed by the first comment on the article linked. We see the problem with transportation cycling gaining acceptance right there: someone thinking it would take ages to go 233 miles on a bike.

  • bongobike says:

    Nice story. I remember many years ago (back in the 90s), somebody posted a link on a cycling list serve to a newspaper story about an older man who had been delivering papers door to door on his bicycle for decades and had decided to retire. He called it the best cycling story he had ever read. I thought so too. It was so well written, I had to print it and post it on the bulletin board at the office.

    I wonder if anyone here knows what I’m talking about and could provide a link to it. He was a poor man who had worked as a cook in the Navy for many years. Then he delivered papers for some 30 years in Chicago (I think) and would go have coffee with the nurses at a hospital every morning after delivering his papers. He endeared himself to the hospital staff so much, that they threw him a big retirement party. Anyone remember this?

  • Adrienne says:

    Don’t you just want to go ride with this guy? I would consider it a great honor!

  • Ron says:

    Almost a million miles logged? That guy RULES in more ways than one.thats what I have to say.

  • Molnar says:

    They have revised the story since you quoted it. I was going to say he must buy pretty crappy bicycles if he has worn out seven of them, but the new version just says he has used seven bicycles in 27 years, which is unremarkable.

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