Day 18 (Tuesday, August 10): Claremore, Oklahoma to Joplin, Missouri: Crossing into the “Show Me State.”

Riding to Missouri

Upon leaving Claremore, Oklahoma this morning, we stopped at a convenience store in White Oak. When Renate asked the attendant at the counter if she could please use the restroom, the attendant responded “You are in the paper today” and showed her the article in the Tulsa World. It was a very nice article on our ride. The interview was set up by the Tulsa Club yesterday when we visited the Holy Family School. The convenience store attendant was very excited about seeing us in person after reading about us in the paper. She came out from behind her counter, gave us a bag of goodies for the road, wished us well on our journey, and signed the van. We gave her one of our Desert to Dome t-shirts. Now THAT is Oklahoma hospitality for you.

Catching a piggy-back ride from Renate - Welcome to Missouri!

Today we crossed into Missouri, the “Show me state.” We saw a continuation of the beautiful rolling hills that started in Oklahoma. We also kept seeing large rolls of hay and thought it might be nice to go sit on one. It turned out that Renate was a little allergic to it.

Lots of these on the way to Joplin, MO

We had a 100-mile ride today, but it went pretty well. The temperature stayed right around 100°F, so it felt a little cooler than normal. We have a busy club schedule in Missouri this week: Kansas City, Columbia and then St. Louis. The club events really help keep us going—it is great to interact with the alumni, tell them what we are up to, and hear some of their memories from Notre Dame.

Today my iPhone was stuck playing one song over and over again—“Here Come the Irish of Notre Dame,” by Cathy Richardson. By the time I figured out how to shuffle the song list, I must have listened to it ten times. We both just love that song. It kept reminding us about the great night we had in Tulsa with the Notre Dame alumni the day before.

It was Renate’s birthday today, so I told her that biking 100 miles in 100°F temperatures was her gift. “Well,” she responded, “that is the Greg logic for you.”

Speaking of logic, one of the outstanding research groups in the College of Science is the Mathematical Logic Group, which was ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top five logic groups in the nation. The Logic Group recently received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support the training of graduate students and postdocs. A portion of the grant was also used to create a new lecture series: “Math for Everyone.” With this lecture series, we hope to broaden the exposure of all Notre Dame students to mathematics, which has become an indispensible tool in fields as diverse as drug design, finance, and medical imaging, to name just a few.

5 Comments so far

  1.    Nicolle Haley on August 11th, 2010

    Happy 39th birthday, Renate!!

  2.    Kellie Sade on August 11th, 2010

    Happy Rolling Hills to you, Happy Rolling Hills to you, Happy Birthday Dear Renate! Happy Rolling Hills to you! Ha! I know it would sound much better if Greg would sing that to you since it sounds like he has been working on his singing voice on the road! Thinking of you guys! Stay strong!

  3.    Lauren Fowlkes on August 11th, 2010

    Happy Birthday Renate!! Enjoy my home state… I hope it treats you well! I wish I was there to welcome you to KC, but I will be at the dome!!

  4.    Gary and Donna Lamberti on August 11th, 2010

    Renate – have Greg “show you” a great birthday dinner in Missouri!! Gary and Donna

  5.    CAROLEE on August 13th, 2010