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Hemingway Adventure

Kalispell, Montana

Michael Palin - Hemingway AdventureSo we can all take comfort: Dawn the attorney from Buffalo; Smokey from Virginia, whos very proud of working in the cleanest coal-fired power station in the USA; John and Lynne from New Jersey; Chris, a grandmother from Massachusetts, and her three girlfriends, who are spending a week away from their men. We may look helpless, but they need us.

Im soon confronting my incompetence with a bit of lasso-training from Ken, the ropeman. Hes thin and wiry and what you can see of his face beneath the brim of his hat, is lined and weathered. With enormous patience he stands by as I try to spin, throw and drop my rope clean over a black plastic cows head stuck on the end of a wooden frame about fifteen feet away.

At my first attempt Im slightly off target and lasso Nigel, the cameraman. I dissolve into uncontrolled peals of urban laughter. (Weve been on the road a long time now, and hysteria lurks close to the surface.) Ken smiles politely but I think he finds my behaviour more alarming than that of any rogue steer.
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