Day 27: Ely to Fallon, NV

Today was a long and pleasant day on the road.  We were on Highway 50 the entire day, known as the loneliest highway in the country.  There were a few climbs and many down hills today.  The temperature was just right.  It was a day that was needed after the challenge of the day before.  When you looked ahead, all you could see was the long Nevada road tens of miles ahead—some stretches felt like I would never get there.  Although it was long; overall, the day was very good.

When we arrived at the hotel parking lot, I met a Notre Dame 2009 graduate and Naval Academy graduate. They are both officers on active duty and came over to ask about what we were doing.

Day 27

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Day 1: Riverhead, NY to Poughkeepsie, NY

It was a great morning with the inaugural dip of my bike into the Long Island Sound.  We were a bit scared climbing down a big sand dune and I almost took a spill before we even started that morning! Thanks again to everyone for joining us.

I had a nice first day on the bike.  There was a big 30 mph wind behind us as we tracked from NYC to Poughkeepsie, NY.  That wind was really helpful as we faced some of the bigger climbs.  I am not looking forward to biking back into that wind as we head south towards Princeton, NJ tomorrow.
Day 1: Walkway Over the Hudson

Walkway Over the Hudson

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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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College of Science dean’s office

It has been a wonderful ride these past seven years at Notre Dame. People often say Notre Dame is a special place and they may be talking about the campus, the buildings, or the heritage. To me, it’s the people at Notre Dame who make the University such a beautiful community. There are many special people at Notre Dame, but the College of Science dean’s staff is especially important to me.College of Science Dean's Office Read more »

Day 14: San Angelo to Brady, Tex.

Skye

Skye from the Brady Chamber

Today was a fantastic day from San Angelo to Brady. The wind died down and the sun was as brilliant as ever in the clear blue sky with moderate temperatures. Geographically, we left West Texas as the rolling hills started and the landscape transformed from desert to green crop fields and rolling, grassy cattle pastures. I was so glad that strong wind coming from the south died down a bit.

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Day 13: Midland to San Angelo, Tex.

MidlandToday’s ride was pretty simple – straight head. The wind was a heavy cross coming out of the south. The landscape again was pretty desolate and empty. On days with so much emptiness all around, as far as the eye can see, with nothing discernible to attract attention, in some strange way the mind is free to question everything.

In the College of Science at Notre Dame, we concentrate on teaching our students to be questioners. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics developed in the first place because of the innately human drive to ask questions. Every field stays alive and flourishing if and only if we generate new questions – new questions all the time. Questions, not answers, move disciplines forward. Questions challenge us in search for the truth, in search for solutions, in search for better ways to understand and improve our world. Read more »

Day 9: Socorro to Ruidoso, N.M.

Today’s ride was not your ordinary century ride – it was 100 miles horizontally with nearly 8,000 feet of climbing. We started early from Socorro, traveled through some amazing scenery and caught one last look if the expansive lava field. We arrived in Ruidoso in the early afternoon. This is a fast-growing resort village with amazing scenery. It is right next to Sierra Blanca, which is nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, and the highest peak in southern New Mexico. The views are breathtaking. Read more »

Day 8: Eagar, Ariz., to Socorro, N.M.

Today’s ride was nearly perfect. There were far fewer climbs, and although it was a long day, it was relatively straight forward. An unexpected beauty was the lava fields of El Malpais National Monument. The name is Spanish for “Badlands” because it is so desolate, but the landscape of lava flows, cinder cones, arches and caves from ancient volcanoes is breathtaking. It was a spectacular sight as we drove into Albuquerque today for the Fourth of July. Read more »

Day 7: Globe to Eagar, Ariz.

 

Today’s ride was all uphill – around every curve there was a new uphill challenge. The scenery of the Salt River Canyon was unbelievable. It is by far the most beautiful place I have ever cycled through. The winding canyon is 2,000 feet deep, the river flows rapidly, and the landscape is filled with deep valleys, sheer cliffs and rocky spires. Ancient people left carvings in the stones, called petroglyphs, and Apache warriors took shelter in this rugged terrain when they were chased by U.S. Cavalry in the 19th century. I can understand why they would feel safe in this gorgeous land so difficult to traverse. Read more »

Day 6: Tucson to Globe, Ariz.

Today, the Road to Discovery was more than 100 miles long, with steep climbing in the mountains. It was extraordinarily hard going, but the scenery made the trip beautiful. The views were spectacular – the cliffs and canyons, the sheer beauty of the desert landscape with its splendid blooming saguaro cacti. Read more »

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