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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NPC conference highlights

Now that I’ve finished the ride, I wanted to take time to say how proud I am of the College of Science’s contribution to the second annual Michael, Marcia, and Christa Parseghian Scientific Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C Research earlier this month. Several of the conference’s presentations highlighted research contributions from the laboratories of Notre Dame faculty and the efforts of their graduate and undergraduate research students.

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Day 20: Yuma, CO to Denver, CO

The rising sun this morning was spectacular. The rays hit the van in a way that lit up the more than 300 gold signatures we’ve collected so far. That sun got hot as the day went on with the temperature reaching nearly 100 degrees in the strong wind. The landscape is vast – miles and miles to the horizon. Four antelope joined us for a few miles of the ride, running in the adjacent field parallel to the road. It was really cool to watch them slow down for a while, then accelerate to catch up with us. They are so fast! A train came by near the road, and the engineer played his version of the Notre Dame fight song for us with whistle toots – not exactly how it goes, but a really nice gesture. Little things like that really make a big difference to me out here.

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Day 18: Holdrege, NE to McCook, NE

Today was a perfect day to ride! It was the easiest day by far, complete with a tailwind instead of those headwinds and crosswinds I’ve been battling for some time.  It’s really too bad my tri-bike frame broke yesterday (I am still waiting for a solution with the bike store in town); it would have been a perfect day to ride that frame.  We did some retrofitting on the road with the other frame.  Those Zipp tires from SRAM that Jeff donated are something else!  I can really zoom along.

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Michael, Marcia, and Christa Parseghian Scientific Conference for Niemann-Pick Type C Research

We are looking forward to hosting the national NPC conference in Jordan Hall beginning this Thursday, June 9 through Saturday, June 11 in the Jordan Hall of Science.  About 80 NPC researchers and 10 parents will be attending. The public is invited to the research presenations. 

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