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Wednesday, August 23, 2006 

Angola, NY 120 miles. Grass. Sunny.

Back to western NY to the shores of Lake Erie. Long jump. Clown, magician, legendary ringmaster John Kennedy Kane came calling -- fresh from Garden Circus dates in Canada, and the Erie County Fair. Stayed for both shows. Yesterday a wonderful couple in Phelps noted they they follow our adventures via the blog. We'll have to liven things up a bit.

Olean, NY. 80 miles. Mowed field. Cool, sunny.

Olean is theoretical home to Billy Martin's Cole All-Star Circus, a sixty year old "school" show that owns Upstate New York in the winter the way that Jose Cole owns MN when the snow falls. Sadly, a wire walker who fell and sustained a broken ankle back in the spring in Arizona learned today that the bone has not healed correctly. She'll need further consultations, more doctors, and additional treatment. We are all so fragile, and yet in circus we risk everything to fly.