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 14: Iowa City to Des Moines, IA

Today’s ride was hot, humid, and hilly. Who said Iowa was flat? The rolling hills were never-ending, and the farm fields stretched in every direction as a far as the eye could see. Deer were everywhere. It was a great day for riding.

Interview with NBC in Des Moines

Interview with NBC in Des Moines

It was also a great evening with the Notre Dame Club of Des Moines at Tursi’s Latin King Restaurant, a well-known Italian eatery. They had the best chicken I’ve ever tasted, and the meatballs melted in my mouth. I gave a Universal Notre Dame Celebration talk about Father Hesburgh, and included an update on our progress in the fight against NPC as well as our broader efforts against rare diseases.

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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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Training with the Knollowood Country Club team

Knollwood Country Club has been an extraordinary partner for the College of Science over the years. Our biggest project has been the Pink Zone 24 hour Spin-a-Thons, and together we have raised more than $150,000 in the last five years to help women in the community receive mammograms.

2015 Knollwood Pink Zone Spin-a-Thon

2015 Knollwood Pink Zone Spin-a-Thon

More personally, the instructors at Knollwood have played a vital role in helping me prepare for my cross-country bike rides to benefit rare disease research at Notre Dame. Read more »