Too shy to make an issue of it, Dane is the recent winner of "The Oregon Outback".

Pedaling his gentle heart out, he overcame immeasurable obstacles including packs of Country Western maddened pick-up drivers, Texas sized droughts and rain storms, someone playing Bagpipes and the generosity of strangers.

And don't try to tell us that there is no winner of "The Oregon Outback". He won it. That's our story and we are sticking to it.

Dane's motto?: "Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar. Whether the jar contains jam or some other preserve is a matter that falls outside the Tao."