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June 1, 1970

Dear Mom and Dad,

We had thought that the long rains were ended but for the last five or six days they’ve come back in full force, making it pretty hard to get around on the bike. Being 250 miles from the nearest mechanic has forced me to learn quite a bit about fixing the thing myself. The rain of the last few days has given me a chance to decarbonize the engine. It involved taking the whole thing apart, and I got it back together again with no part left over.

I saw some animals the other day I’ve never seen before. They looked pretty much like ordinary wild pigs but were as big as rhino. Vince Stegman says that I’ve been in the bush too long.

Love,

Ned

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