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.

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Day 21: Denver to Granby, CO

The day started off wonderful with an interview with KUSA/NBC and a visit to Marley Coffee in Denver.  Marley has been such a great supporter of our cause.  The company’s headquarters in Denver is the coolest headquarters ever. I was even asked to ride my bike through it.  It was great to meet the wonderful Marley employees. Thanks for all of your support.

Interview with Gary Shapiro at KUSA in Denver

Interview with Gary Shapiro at KUSA in Denver


Today’s journey was perhaps the roughest I have experienced in all five rides. It started off so well.  Jim, a recent Notre Dame graduate and captain of the Notre Dame Cycling Team last year, joined us for the first part of the ride to Estes Park. On the way, we climbed to 8,000 feet and then descended to about 7,000 feet.

Jim and Greg

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


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 »

Join Notre Dame Science & Irish Soccer this Friday for the flying Frisbee contest

This weekend, the College of Science is partnering with the Women’s Soccer Team to raise money for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease research in a very fun way!

Bring your friends and family and join the College of Science to watch the Lady Irish face Oakland on Friday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.

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Day 18: Houston, Tex. to Sulphur, La.

LouisianaI wear this “Be Positive” bracelet around my wrist to remind me to be positive no matter what. I needed it today. The struggle started with chilly, sloppy, frustrating conditions in stormy Houston. We had about 50 miles of wet roads and a terrible headwind. I had to dig deep down to stay positive.  The worst was yet to come and because of poor planning (I didn’t check Google maps), our route turned out to be a rough road of dirt and large stones when we crossed into Louisiana. Read more »

Day 17: Brenham to Houston, Tex.

Today’s ride was really great – favorable wind and lots of cloud cover blocking the hot Texas sun. It was a really nice ride. Renate rode today and is heading back to South Bend on Monday. It was nice to have her back on the Road to Discovery these past few days.

Tonight we had a wonderful event with the Notre Dame Club of Houston. It started with a mass at the University of Saint Thomas organized by the club. Father River led a wonderful mass. Afterwards, we had a big Texas picnic BBQ style with more than 90 people, smoothly organized by Greg and John. Everyone signed the van. It might have been the largest turnout so far. Thank you, Houston Club, for such a memorable experience. I visited Houston few years ago to give a Hesburgh Lecture and I knew then it was a very special club – so passionate about the Notre Dame mission.

Notre Dame Club of Houston

Notre Dame Club of Houston

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Day 14: San Angelo to Brady, Tex.


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.

Today added three great stories to the vast Road to Discovery collection. Read more »

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