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Roadside Encounters: Jeff and Haley

Name: Jeff Clark and his dog, Haley

Age: Jeff appeared to be around 40, Haley’s but a pup

Breed: Jeff’s a white guy; Haley’s a collie mix

Encountered: At a Chevron station in Flagstaff, Arizona

Headed from: Their home in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Headed to: Carlsbad, California — a ride of more than 900 miles

Miles to go: About 600

Mode of transportation: A bicycle built for two, on which Clark installed a shopping cart over the back seat. Haley rides, leashed, in the cart, her favorite toy, a blue stuffed cat, dangling from its side. At night, they sleep in RV parks, or alongside the road.

Reason for trip: Partly for the adventure of it, partly because Jeff has some temporary work in Carlsbad.

Quote: “Everybody says I’m crazy, and I’m going to prove them right.”

(Roadside Encounters is a regular feature of “Dog’s Country,” the continuing tale of one man and one dog spending six months criss-crossing America (but with sense enough to do it in a car).

(“Dog’s Country” can be found exclusively on ohmidog! To read all of “Dog’s Country,” from the beginning, click here.)

Doe! Matt Lauer has run in with a deer

Host Matt Lauer was missing from NBC’s Today show this morning after being taken out by a deer over the weekend.  

Lauer was bicycling on Long Island when a deer ran in front of him. He slammed on his brakes and went over his handlebars, landing on his shoulder. Lauer was wearing a helmet at the time.

Lauer, 51 and an avid cyclist, was scheduled for surgery this afternoon and said he expects to be back on the job Wednesday.

First our restaurants, now our celebrities. Where will the rampaging deer strike next? And who would I talk to about submitting some suggestions?