in Minnesota, but each winter he drives south, explores the deserts of the South-West, and then comes to Newport to row with us for Valentine's Day.
This year he arrived, eager to see the new gondola, and amused by the photos of noodle stickers plastered on both sides of the bow.
I saved a fusilli souvenir and stuck it on John's truck to take home with him.
as I write this, John has just arrived home in Minnesota after a long drive,
and is most likely sleeping quite soundly - warmed by the fire in a wood-burning stove as the snow falls outside.
The "Truck Noodle" - no truck should go without one.