Among the greatest inventions of all time, it would be unfair not to mention the printing press, the cotton gin, penicillin, the light bulb, Nintendo, nachos and democracy. But I need to add one more iconic, important item to the list: duct tape.
Seriously, is there anything duct tape can’t do? When we were on the road, we went through a dozen rolls of the stuff in a few months. The rolls we kept in the back of the RunTellmanRun van were used the most heavily, for sure. Dean and Chuck used the “Gray Miracle” daily.
Here are the top 5 ways RunTellmanRun uses duct tape on the road:
- Foot repair. Before we discovered the wound-closing powers of Gorilla Glue, Dean would throw a patch of duct tape on the sole of my foot if I was bleeding after a run. A tape that sticks to cinder blocks just as well as human skin is amazing.
- Door repair. When the door to the family RV wasn’t latching properly, it was duct tape to the rescue. Ditto for the shower door.
- Dean repair. When Dean broke his leg just before Christmas, we thought about putting him in a duct cast. He went for the real deal, though, at the hospital. Wuss.
- Bicycle accessory attachment. Water bottles, medical supplies, flashlights, food… Dean carried a lot of stuff with him on his bicycle. When the saddlebags overflowed, duct tape took care of buisness.
- Battery containment. We had a lot of small, battery operated gizmos on the road. With daily abuse, the battery compartment cover was usually the first thing to break. Nothing a 5-inch piece of Duck couldn’t handle.
Remember, if you can’t Duck it…