Cap'n Ende and I shared a hostel dorm room with four other cyclists, including Andy from England and Barry from Australia, who is a RUSA member. That's Barry on the right in this photo.
Chewing the fat as we prepared our drop bags, the talk drifted to PBP 07, and Barry launched into the story about some RUSA rider who'd finished despite being hauled off to the hospital with a kidney stone. Ah, yes.... I interrupted Barry. "The guy you're talking about? That's him, right there," I said, pointing at Ende. Barry got to hear a first-person account from Ende himself. I'm amazed by the legs that story has -- the stone heard round the world. If you haven't read it, check it out here.