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On the Blog: Running 350 Miles in Snow

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THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT blog ain't scared of anybody. All right, we know ain't is not correct grammar or proper English. Please don't e-mail us - some people do that - except Laura Conaway is here. She is on top of it all. She's our Web producer. And she's going to tell us what is happening. Hi, Laura.

LAURA CONAWAY: Hi, how are you?

STEWART: Good, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Boxing Day.

CONAWAY: And to you. One of the things we have actually is I have decided in the spirit of Kwanzaa and Boxing Day to be generous.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CONAWAY: NPR went out and rescued the bat. It's a rare bat that we blog about so much. And the reason I'm going to actually circle back and blog…


Can we name that bat Ron Paul?

CONAWAY: We did name that bat Ron Paul. No.

STEWART: Bat Mitzvah.

CONAWAY: Bat Mitzvah.

SMITH: Okay, sorry.

CONAWAY: But, a week in ALL THINGS CONSIDERED was about to name it a beautiful, and the reason I'm going - that blog about it again today because they have an image of it in the bat hospital. And it's truly beautiful. And so, I'm going to go ahead and blog that. So, we'll (unintelligible) that up.

The other thing we have is we have - we're looking for listeners who got presents they don't care for. And what we'd like actually is if you thought like you could go ahead and make a little digital reporting at home and send us a minute or two about what you got, why it's not working out, and what you're going to do with it - that would be sweet.

SMITH: Can we swap them on the Web site?

CONAWAY: You can maybe swap them.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CONAWAY: If you're not up to making the reporting yourself, just drop us a comment and tell us where to reach you. We'll call you and we'll try to play some of what you say on New Year's Eve.

STEWART: Yeah. We brought this up in the meeting and pretty much everybody had a story about some gift that they just - they either felt insulted.


Me, me.

STEWART: (Unintelligible) Okay, Rachel…

MARTIN: Can I write into the blog?

STEWART: Yes, you can add yourself on this (unintelligible).

MARTIN: Okay. My sweet mom gave me a present. It is the ugliest hat of all time. And I'm going to blog about it. And I'm going to put a picture on the Web site. I'm going to shame her and to come to terms with her bad style these days.

STEWART: Oh, no.

MARTIN: I love my mama. I love you.

SMITH: This was the nicest hat she could find in Idaho. Thank you very much.

MARTIN: It's so bad.

CONAWAY: Anyway, write in. We're curious about your story.

STEWART: Yeah, everybody…

MARTIN: Maybe you could top mine.

STEWART: Everybody had a horror story about their worst gift.

CONAWAY: So, we've got more.

STEWART: Oh, please.

CONAWAY: I called the Iditarod biker's boyfriend. His name is Geoff Roes. That, you know, Jill Homer is his woman.

SMITH: I've been following it. Yeah.

CONAWAY: Yeah, following on the blog.

MARTIN: (unintelligible)

SMITH: Was more and more miserable every time I tune in.


STEWART: She says she will take part in the human Iditarod.


STEWART: And Laura just joining us for the first time.

CONAWAY: She's going to bike 350 miles through the snow. But the thing about her boyfriend she says that, you know, he is a little concerned that she'll get caught out and ditched and then won't be able to bike - is that he is actually running the human power Iditarod. Geoff Roes running it. It would be about 40-45 miles a day. He thinks he's going to take him about eight days. And I just (unintelligible) you know, what do you wear when you do this. And here is what he told me…

Mr. GEOFF ROES (Iditarod Racer): I'll just be wearing standard running or trail sneakers that are a couple of sizes too large on me so that I can sit - kind of a layering system of socks- like, we have like three or four layers of socks underneath them. And they'll have a neoprene over the over (unintelligible) or the top of my entire shoe, which I'll just have that on when it gets probably below somewhere around 10 below or so. I (unintelligible) point where I would need, you know, that extra outer protection.

CONAWAY: Yeah, I mean, 10 below. That's the point, right? I need a, you know, warm blanket and a couch. And he is talking about being out there in his sneaks.

STEWART: The thing that's cracking me about this is it makes you realize there really is a lid to every pot. If she is running the human Iditarod, her boyfriend - she's biking it - her boyfriend is running it.

CONAWAY: He is actually running it, yeah. And they…

STEWART: They were meant for each other.

CONAWAY: Well, they're sitting around basically carbo loading right now. I mean, he - they eat, you know, 78,000 calories a day. They eat constantly. That's all they do. They run, they bike and they eat.

And he's going to bring everything with them on a sweat. I asked him what a sweat is. He said it's just this (unintelligible) of thing that (unintelligible) that he got out of the drug store. You drive along behind, you look at your provisions and then you get there.

STEWART: Can we hear that? Do we have that? (Unintelligible) interview? I think so.

Mr. ROES: Actually just a cheap little like $10 children's toboggan from the local, like, drug store where I was working at, actually. And then, of course, there's all kinds of little modifications here and there that I got a short little children's skis that I attach to the bottom of it. And pretty elaborate (unintelligible) system with a harness that I kind of made it all myself just because everything I looked into as far as sleds that were made for traveling on the snow, just had something about them that didn't fit what I needed to use it for because obviously there is none. Anybody that's specifically making sleds for the 20 people that are doing this type of race or whatever.

STEWART: It's not a gross industry, yes?

(Soundbite of laughter)

SMITH: Don't we have laws against this? I mean, they make me wear my seatbelt when I'm in a car. If you're on a motorcycle, you have to wear helmet. But we just let people strap some kid's skis onto a sled and head out for 350 miles in the snow with…

STEWART: If they practice hard enough. Apparently, it actually gets colder as you go. It's nice and cold and then you go up over the (unintelligible). And on the other side, it basically a big, flat refrigerator. And it's you - the moose and the (unintelligible)

SMITH: You have to drag these people back on a snow mobile. And we're going to have to pay for it.

STEWART: I'm just trying to figure it out that - so, wait, he puts the sled sort of around his waist and while he's running, you got this little kid toboggan, that he got at the WallyMart, behind him?

CONAWAY: About 35 pounds of it. I - you know, I love snow and I love winter. And frankly, I wish were doing what they're doing. But I don't know that I could even in my wildest dreams, really. I mean, you could die doing this.

STEWART: Yeah. In one hand, I sort of admire their spirits. On the other hand, I don't understand one iota.

SMITH: It makes no sense to me. It makes no sense to me.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: Robert…

SMITH: The whole point of snow sports is hot chocolate.

STEWART: I agree, apres-ski.

SMITH: apres-ski and when apres-ski is 350 miles away, that's way, that's very, very apres.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SMITH: Too après for me.

STEWART: All right, Laura Conaway, thanks for bringing in all the blog tidbits to us today. We appreciate it.

CONAWAY: Thanks for having me.

(Soundbite of music)

SMITH: Coming up, the news you can't use, the news you love to hate. We call it The Ramble.

STEWART: I think it's me you hate to love personally.

SMITH: Love, you're so invested in it.

STEWART: We've got a great story from early this year, a story of giving, true giving. A vacuum cleaner salesman, out of a sales come, ends up donating his kidney.


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