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Keith Bontrager Diary: Your roots are showing

By:
Steve Medcroft
Published:
September 14, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:40 BST
Edition:
MTB News & racing round-up for September 14, 2005
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I'm back. Things were fairly quiet after the SSWC (I've included a few last pics from the event). It...

I'm back.

Things were fairly quiet after the SSWC (I've included a few last pics from the event). It had been pretty hectic in the month before that so it was time to chill a bit anyway.

I took a small tour of Amish PA. on the way from State College to Pittsburgh. It was an interesting drive. These folks live a very stark, rural existence. I stopped off for some baked goods, very tasty bread and pies. Of course, just driving through is not a good way to get into the details, so that will have to be left for the next opportunity.

Here is some Amish humour for you:

A Yoder got on a bus, sat next to a gentleman. After some time the gentleman complained, "I'm stiff from bowling." The reply - "I'm Yoder from Middlebury."

You get the idea.

This is, scarily enough, going back to my roots, in an indirect way. The first Bontrager (Johann Martin) arrived in Philly in the late 1700s. He was Amish. The clan spread west from there and many ended up scattered around PA. I am apparently the spawn of a black sheep though, so there was never a connection to the real deal for me.

Read the entire Keith Bontrager Diary here.

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