Day 24: Vernal to Orem, UT

The ride to Orem was beautiful today, especially the second part of the ride and the arrival into town. The morning seemed warm when we started, but as we descended 2,000 feet, the temperature dropped nearly 20 degrees. The mountains in Utah are simply spectacular and many of them are still snow-capped.

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Day 13: Davenport to Iowa City, IA

Today we rode from Davenport to Iowa City, a wonderful place that is home to the great University of Iowa. The day was sunny with a slight headwind—nothing to complain about—and the fields were green with fresh growth as far as the eye could see.

As we pulled into Iowa City, a reporter called and asked me to meet him at Kinnick Stadium, home of the Iowa Hawkeyes and named for the 1939 Heisman Trophy winner, Nile Kinnick.

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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.

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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.

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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 »

Coach Parseghian

Everyone has their favorite inspirational figure, favorite leader, or favorite coach. Ever since growing up in northeastern Ohio, Coach Ara Parseghian has been my favorite coach.  In addition to a phenomenal coaching career with two national championships, he is an extraordinary human being — overflowing with all of the Notre Dame virtues we value so much as a community and family.

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You can help us raise $25,000 for NPC research on 4/5 at the Parseghian Cup

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I am excited to announce that  College of Science has teamed up with the Notre Dame men’s rugby team and the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation for the 2nd annual Parseghian Cup on April 5, a rugby game between the Fighting Irish and the University of Arizona Wildcats to raise money for Niemann-Pick Type C disease.

A generous donor has pledged to give $25 to NPC research for every person who attends the game (up to $25,000).  Help make this the biggest game in Notre Dame Rugby history by bringing a big group of your family, friends, and neighbors to help us raise money for NPC research! Our goal is to get 1,000 people at the game so we can earn the entire $25,000. Read more »

Day 35: Silver Spring to Baltimore, Md.

Finish line!

Finish line!

It was a phenomenal end to the ride. As I rolled into the hotel, there were all of these Niemann-Pick families and children, and many Notre Dame Club of Maryland members. I was so honored to arrive to this cheering crowd. The kids the families were all there and it was such a great ending to this year’s ride. And even before I got off my bike, Coach Parseghian called to congratulate me on the fundraising success – a special moment in the midst of so many special moments. I was surrounded by these families whose passion, compassion, perseverance and magnanimity have been such an inspiration and shaped so much of how I think about life. It was overwhelming. Some of them wanted to get a picture with me, but I was the one honored to be in a picture with them. Read more »

Day 26: Auburn, Ala. to Fayetteville, Ga.

Welcome to Georgia

Welcome to Georgia

Today’s ride was relatively long with a lot of cloud cover and sprinkles all day as we biked from Alabama to Georgia. Another routing glitch added some extra miles. You’d be surprised what a difference a few miles here and there can make when you’re biking100 or more miles a day, day in and day out. Your legs feel the extra miles add up. I’m getting more excited today because the end is now in sight – I am looking forward to meeting the families and children affected by NPC at the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation 21st Annual Family Support and Medical Conference in Baltimore.

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Day 4: Yuma to Gila Bend, Ariz.

Hot and hotter.

Last year, riding from Boston to Pebble Beach, the wind seemed to be in our face day after day. This year, going with the jet stream, the wind is generally favorable – but the heat has been unbelievable. Today when we wrapped up the ride at 10:30 a.m., it was 116.4 degrees – and the temperature rose all of a sudden. We have really adjusted our schedule to be done around 10 a.m., by rolling out of the hotel at 4 a.m. to avoid the most dangerous heat later. Read more »

My visit with the Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles and Jessica Leoni

Jessie's girlsIt was a beautiful day today – cool and sunny. The day started with the opportunity to meet with Jessica, a teenager who has Niemann-Pick Type C. We traveled to her home where her mom and dad, Lisa and Anthony, had a little party with the friends Jessica grew up with. The group calls themselves “Jessie’s Girls.” Read more »

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