Jeff is playing daily bicycle tag with a couple from the southern Netherlands. Anita and Herr Fischer traveled to the United States with their bicycles and are riding the Trans America Trail self contained. This means they are carrying all of their earthly possessions in a series of packs or panniers and chugging them up and down the same steep hills Jeff is climbing daily. Anita says she is doing this because she loves cycling. Herr Fischer says he is doing it because he wants to meet "real" American people. Jeff and Karen worried about them the night of May 25 during a severe thunderstorm in Eddyville, IL, because Anita and Herr Fischer are camping in tents. However, they survived the night, because Jeff and Karen saw them the next day riding through Carbondale with cheerful waves and smiles.