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My trip to Marblehead, MA for Tyler's homecoming...(18 posts)

My trip to Marblehead, MA for Tyler's homecoming...jtferraro
Aug 8, 2003 8:19 PM
Sorry for the delay in posting these. The pics aren't quite as nice as those in that slideshow (from yesterday's link, http://www.hermlephoto.com/tyler/ ), but I did want to share a few of them w/all of you. I just double checked w/the above link and realized many of my pics are similar, so I've decided to share just those pics that are unique from that slideshow. Anyway, my girlfriend & I headed up to Marblehead @4pm Wednesday, directly from work. It took us 2 hrs., 45 mins. from Hartford, w/traffic, construction, etc. For that reason, we missed the initial parade (which started @5:45pm), but caught the majority of the park ceremony. It was a great night and it was so nice to see such a turnout! I have to tell you, Tyler definitely seems like a real nice guy - he's so approachable and accomodating! As one of the guest speakers put it, he's a world class person, *and* a world class cyclist!

Enjoy the pics!

-Jeff

P.S. Last night I caught that week in review program on OLN. They had a special bit on Tyler's homecoming parade & cememony, including an interview Richard Freis had w/Tyler. They also mentioned that Tyler threw the first pitch at a recent Boston Red Sox game, (which I had already heard from a friend who lives in Cambridge), and also appeared on the Morning Show w/Matt Lauer? I actually heard an interview w/Tyler on NPR, too. Also, those of you who haven't seen the interview he had w/Frankie Andreu at the NYC Cycling Championships, here's the link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/riders/2003/interviews/?id=tyler_hamilton03
The woman behind the man...jtferraro
Aug 8, 2003 8:25 PM
I thought this was a decent pic of Tyler's wife, Haven. From what I understand, she went to see Tyler after his accident and wasn't originally planning to stay for the entire Tour duration. As you may know, she did stay...and so did their dog, Tugboat. Haven was awarded at the ceremony for being by Tyler's side and dealing w/the press! She had the best seat in the house during Tyler's stage win, as she was in the helicopter. How perfect!
Quarantine the dog?filtersweep
Aug 9, 2003 6:02 AM
How did Tugboat get back into the US? Seriously- this is a real issue. I really wish they offered pet visas. Generally, European countries (at least EU and Shengin) allow pets in, but the US doesn't seem to allow them BACK to the US.
If you can aford the test/vets you can almost go anywhere-nmandy02
Aug 9, 2003 6:11 AM
Hmm...interesting. Actually, I didn't see Tugboat, so maybejtferraro
Aug 9, 2003 6:26 AM
he/she is still in Spain or in US Customs?
No quarantine going to France or coming back.Tower
Aug 10, 2003 1:23 PM
My sister just got back from a year stint in France, and they didn't quarantine their dog going TO France nor on their return to the US.

???
A banner that a bunch of kids made for him...jtferraro
Aug 8, 2003 8:27 PM
The line for autographs, pics, etc.!jtferraro
Aug 8, 2003 8:28 PM
Tyler getting ready to sign, sign, sign...jtferraro
Aug 8, 2003 8:31 PM
There he goes - signing in action...jtferraro
Aug 8, 2003 8:32 PM
and here's my LBL poster w/his autograph! =)jtferraro
Aug 8, 2003 8:36 PM
Not only did he sign one of these posters for me (and for many other fans), but he also was gracious enough to sign the inside of a TdF history book I brought along!
here's the backside of that same poster...jtferraro
Aug 8, 2003 8:37 PM
Latest issue of Ride magazine (East Coast bike culture)...jtferraro
Aug 8, 2003 8:51 PM
"The Making of a Legend" - How Tyler Hamilton Became the East Coast's Greatest

I could swear I also saw him on the cover of VeloNews, w/the words "Tough as Nails" written next to him. Anyone have that issue or see it?

-Jeff
Just noticed the article goes on to say:jtferraro
Aug 8, 2003 9:27 PM
"A Refusal to Quit, Not Victories, Is What Makes Hamilton So Great", and it is also by Richard Fries (OLN).
Tyler even posed w/a cycling fan's baby!jtferraro
Aug 8, 2003 8:55 PM
I figured this was a good photo opp! ;-)

Another guy called his wife on his cell phone, handed his phone to Tyler, and said Tyler, just say "Hi Sarah, it's Tyler Hamilton", and he DID IT! =)

-Jeff
Then another cyclist asked if I'd take his pic w/Tyler...jtferraro
Aug 8, 2003 8:59 PM
and if I could then email him the pic. I said, "Sure, as long as you return the favor!". This guy is a college student in the Boston area.

I know, I know...a little blurry, I know.

-Jeff
...and here's that pic of Mr. Hamilton & I! =)jtferraro
Aug 8, 2003 9:04 PM
I also asked to shake his hand and simply said: "AWESOME!".

-Jeff
GREAT PICS!!!!spankdoggie
Aug 8, 2003 10:25 PM
Thank you for the great pictures!
Wonderful Pictures!!!