Day 12: Mendota, IL to Davenport, IA

Today’s ride was a little more difficult than expected. Thunderstorms were predicted, and we were were riding right into them. The rain was very heavy at times, but we were on the backroads with no traffic so we rode right through them. Even though the rain was heavy, the temperature was relatively warm so it was a warm wet ride.The sky was ominus and eerie all day even when  it was not raining.  The terrain was relatively flat as we approached Iowa, crossing the Mississippi River, and rolling into Davenport. As we rolled into the hotel, Pat (’76) and Lynda Sarb were there to welcome us.

Sunday 6-7_sky
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Day 11: Chicago to Mendota, IL

The day started off with an interview at CBS in Chicago.  Today’s ride was pretty uneventful—chilly beginning, lots of sun, some clouds, and plenty of wind. However, a big tailwind pushed us most of the way.  Since I have tonight off, I was reflecting on what a wonderful time we had on campus the other day, and what a privilege it is to take this special community across the country with Notre Dame’s California Initiative.

CBS2 Chicago

CBS2 Chicago

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Day 10: Notre Dame, IN to Chicago, IL

The day started off bright and early with an interview at WNDU, and then we left from their parking lot.  The ride from Notre Dame to Chicago was cold and damp, with the wind sometimes with us and sometimes against us. We were hugging the lake for a bit, and the clouds and wind created an eerie beauty over the water.

Dave, Jeff, & Sean

Dave, Jeff, Greg & Sean

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Day 9: Toledo, OH to Notre Dame, IN

What a beautiful morning for a bike ride! Now that we’re in the Midwest, the roads are relatively flat, making for a nice, easy ride back to campus.

SouthBend

One of my trainers from Knollwood joined me for part of today’s ride from Toledo to Granger. It was great to have the extra company. Read more…

Day 8: Cleveland to Toledo, OH

Today’s ride was pretty straightforward. Ohio is pretty flat. The temperature was a chilly to start, but warmed up nicely. Some of the roads in Ohio need some attention for sure. There were many potholes and cracks, which is not good for cars or cyclists. Overall, it was a wonderful day for biking!

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Day 7: Pittsburgh, PA to Cleveland, OH

Today’s ride from Pittsburgh to Cleveland was very cold again. When we left Pittsburgh in the morning, the terrain was still very hilly, but once we crossed into Ohio, it flattened out. The sun came out and started warming things up when we were about 25 miles from Cleveland, so the end was very enjoyable. Over all, the day was pretty routine and straightforward. Read more…

Day 6: Harrisburg to Pittsburgh, PA

Today was the most difficult day of the ride yet.  It was cold and rainy.  I was told it was June 1, but I did not believe it for a second.  It felt more like March 1! On top of the weather, we were riding through mountains all day.  However, the scenery was beautiful.  In my opinion, the best way to experience the scenery is on a bike.

We finished our long journey and immediately jumped in the van for three straight interviews.  They will be posted on the blog soon.

Interview with KDTA

Interview with KDTA

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Day 5: Philadelphia to Harrisburg, PA

We were very sorry to hear today that our wonderful colleague Bob Sedlack, professor of visual communication at Notre Dame, passed away after his courageous fight against ALS. In addition to being a highly honored and respected teacher, he was a great example who used his gifts to serve others, including  many underserved people in the South Bend community and around the world. Our thoughts and  prayers are with his wife, Theresa, and their children, Emma and Trey.

Robert Sedlack and his design students traveled to Pretoria, South Africa to work  on design projects aimed at addressing several issues affecting South Africa and Johannesburg.

Robert Sedlack and his design students traveled to Pretoria, South Africa to work on design projects aimed at addressing several issues affecting South Africa and Johannesburg.

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Day 4: Rest Day in Stamford, CT

After a perfect day of riding through the Pennsylvania’s Amish country, we drove up to Stamford, CT for a very special event, the annual gala reception and concert to benefit Dana’s Angels Research Trust (DART). DART is one of our special collaborators in the fight against NPC and was established by Phil and Andrea Marella and named for their daughter Dana.

Meeting the Marella family in 2011.

Meeting the Marella family in 2011.

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Day 3: Princeton, NJ to Philadelphia, PA

We had a great ride from Princeton to Philly. Andre, an alumnus, brought two friends to make the trip with us. The combination of great weather, great camaraderie, and spectacular scenery made it a wonderful day. Once we crossed the river into Pennsylvania, the hills started to roll higher, a challenge we knew would come in this state.

Day 3: Philly

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