July 7 – Day 25: Mount Pleasant to Greenville, Texas: 55 Miles to Go

Today, we left early to avoid the heat. Some of the roads were rough, but the weather was favorable for an early ride and the morning sky was beautiful.

Off to a very early start

Beautiful sky

Great helper

Ally continues to help out in a big way with the ride. During our pass through Sulphur Springs, Texas, a Notre Dame parent approached us and said that her daughter had just graduated from the Notre Dame Law School. Marci was very interested in the cause and all that Notre Dame is doing in the world.

Marci from Sulphur Springs, TX with Renate and Greg

For the past 25 days, we have been meeting with NPC families and children. We have been interviewing them with the goal in mind of creating a documentary on NPC after we return home. Yesterday we interviewed Tracy, the mother of Tristan (see Day 24 blog). We are so grateful to the parents for sharing their thoughts and experiences related to NPC for our project.

Filming Tracy and Tristan

The Charles Edison Fund has provided funding for our documentary. We are so appreciative of their support. I will visit them next week in New Jersey to provide them with an update on our ride and work to date.

This evening, we had a welcoming reception and dinner in Dallas at Maggiano’s Little Italy Italian Restaurant. We were warmly welcomed by the Dallas Notre Dame Club. Renate gave a talk on the ride, and I spoke on some of our new programs in the College of Science. Several researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern who are working on NPC also attended. Some of them recently visited Notre Dame for the NPC conference. It was great to see them again, and we will visit them tomorrow at the University. We had a wonderful evening, with everyone signing the van. Thank you, Notre Dame Club of Dallas, and Calvin, the club president, for organizing this wonderful event.

After dinner in Dallas

ND Club of Dallas and UT Southwestern researchers

Calvin, ND Dallas Club President

Van fan

We continue to wear our fighting Irish t-shirts – today we have on our Band shirts. We have a great collection of shirts and photographs in front of the van with the Fighting Irish teams.

ND Band shirts

We have a short ride into Dallas tomorrow, only 55 miles. It will be a short day – we are excited to finish up the ride. Thank you all for your support and inspirational emails and comments over the past few weeks. We really appreciate you thoughtfulness. I am so glad you followed the blog and wrote us notes – they kept us going on the Road to Discovery.

6 Comments so far

  1.    Anneke de bont on July 8th, 2011

    Great Job Renate and Greg. I am very proud of you both. Love you and have a good trip home with the whole family{Michaela and Ally] to bring the van back to Notre Dame. Mama ,Oma .Anneke Also congratulations from Bert

  2.    Karen Quandt on July 8th, 2011

    You two and your team are awesome! You persevered!
    Thank you for all those miles and awareness and funds raised towards finding a treatment or cure for NPC!

  3.    Eamon O'Reilly on July 8th, 2011

    I saw the van today in Dallas @ Richardson Bike Mart after you finished your epic ride! Didn’t get to meet you but congratulations on finishing the trip.

    -eamon o’reilly, MD ND 00′ biochem

  4.    Karen Crawford-Williams on July 9th, 2011

    Glad you will soon be home…and so glad Ally was a wonderful help to you both! Awesome JOB!

    Karen W.