November 15, 2002
Stopped by Rain
After flying four great days in a row, the birds and pilots are grounded by rain
and headwinds. This is Friday, and since Monday the team has covered 217.5 miles
from Indiana to Tennessee--where they got a special kind of welcome yesterday. Remember
the walk-a-thon fundraiser put on by the folks in Tennessee? (See Nov.
13 report.) As the ultralights and birds passed overhead into Tennessee just
outside Byrdstown, they could have looked down to see two special people waiting
for them. There stood Mr. and Mrs. Hassler, 2300 ft. below the planes and cranes.
The 80-something-year-old couple would have been the first participants in the recent
Whooping Cranes Over Tennessee walk-a-thon. When Mr. Hassler suffered a heart attack
before the event, Mr.s Hassler walked and he cheered her on from his hospital bed.
By November 14, he was well enough to come out with her to welcome the cranes high
overhead as they flew into his home state. Maybe this is a good place to rest up
before continuing the journey south!
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