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  • Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities juxtaposes life in Paris and London during the onset of the French Revolution. In contrast, two small northwestern Wisconsin hamlets, Hayward and Cable, serve as anchors to two of my favorite and humbling events, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival and the American Birkebeiner.  
  • How tough could this be? Only one other sit-skier had completed the Korte, and it took him four hours. For able bodied, fourth-wave skiers like Burke and I, piece of cake, right?? 
  • The first Birkebeiner in 1973 was a pretty simple affair compared to the complex modern version. A few dozen skiers drove to the start at the Lumberjack Bowl on Lake Hayward, paid the entry fee, rubbed some wax on their skis and then found a place with 34 others on the start line across the frozen ice and snow of the lake.  
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