I did get my account back at tripod and the bare bones are still hosted there with all links now leading to my domain. Hundreds of people had linked to my site back then, so getting the site back was very important to me. Through search engines and stats, I managed to contact the biggest traffic drivers and they changed their links to my domain. Once I uploaded all my files again to tripod, I ceased chasing up all the others who had linked to me over time.
8 years with tripod and still going strong