Feets, do you stuff.
Friday in Venice Beach, Calif., French Army Capt. Francis de Barbeyrac completed a record 52-day, 18-hour run across the United States from Virginia Beach, beating the old record by one full day. The captain, who said he was "not very tired," ran and walked about 60 miles a day, and reported that his greatest problem was auto traffic in the Eastern states. "I had to keep jumping out of their way," he said.
Meanwhile, David Waddel, inspired by Ernest Tubb's song "Waltz Across Texas," this weekend finished a 19-day, 203-mile dance across the Texas Panhandle. Waddel, who pranced with 22 partners along the way to Hollis, Okla., said Saturday that he planned to waltz all the way across the state -- 821 miles from El Paso to Texarkana.
"There was only one way to handle it," said John Evans.
In Penrose, Colo., Saturday, a two-horse team pulling an antique chuck wagon in a parade broke loose and turned runaway. The team killed one woman and injured more than 15 spectators before Evans, a 165-pound, 5-foot-9 prison guard at the state penitentiary, caught up with the team and sprang up on the harness, stuntman style, pulling the horses to a halt.
"I knew they had to be stopped," said Evans, who witnesses said looked "just like John Wayne" as he clambered his way up the hitching gear to the horses' heads.
The driver, who was injured when thrown from the wagon, said the team had been spooked by children throwing rocks.
Kylene Barker, Miss America of 1979, will be married this Saturday in colonial Williamsburg. The Galax, Va. native and her groom, James Brandon of Roanoke, will arrive and depart the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage, attended by a footman.
Speaking of 16th-century Bruton Parish Church, where the marriage will be performed, Barker said, "it's so beautiful." It "doesn't even need decorations."
Should Christopher Columbus be forced to stare at the back of a horse? Some Hartford, Conn., citizens don't think so, and the city is up in arms over the situation.
It seems an equestrian statue of Lafayette, removed during road repairs, was replaced facing the opposite direction, with his mount's hindquarters facing Columbus, posed on a pedestal a block away.
"I don't think Columbus, who was known all over the world, deserves the back of a horse," said Eduardo Greca, a Hartford resident. "It's offensive."
Mayor George Athanson, who says "it's ridiculous," will meet with state transportation officials today to discuss the problem. Meanwhile, Greca said he hopes the city will resolve the problem by Oct. 8 -- Columbus Day.