Day 22: Granby to Craig, CO

Today started out very cold for biking; it was just over 40 degrees when we left.  I must say that the ride from Granby to Craig was the most beautiful stretch of the trip so far. There was hardly any other traffic on the Road to Discovery, but every direction presented sheer cliffs, sagebrush, and the white rapids of the Colorado River. Most of the mountains still have snow on them.

Granby to Craig, COWe crossed the Continental Divide at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass, and it was all downhill from there—steep and fast for 10 miles as we descended from 9,500 feet to 6,000 feet. We passed through  Steamboat Springs, a resort town that must be one of the cutest cities in America – filled with bikers and vacationers. It was a long day, and a beautiful one in the heart of the Rockies.

Continental Divide
I was delighted to hear the announcement on Tuesday that Mary E. Galvin has been appointed as the new William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science. She comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she has been director for the Division of Material Research. She has an outstanding, diversified background, which includes advanced degrees from M.I.T., 14 years as a researcher with Bell Laboratories, nine years as a professor at the University of Delaware, four years with a private firm where she was involved in developing new products by leveraging research at universities and national laboratories, over a year with the Department of Energy, and over seven years with the NSF. Dr. Galvin has the entrepreneurial spirit and the commitment to Notre Dame’s values and mission that will lead the college to more and more success in the coming years. I am excited to welcome her to our Notre Dame family.

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