Day 13: Davenport, IA to Iowa City, IA

The wind was already pretty strong when we left Davenport this morning on some very smooth and beautiful bike trails. About 10 miles out, we committed ourselves to a route where the map indicated a few rocky and dirt roads. We figured  the rocks and dirt would be minimal. They weren’t. We found ourselves stuck out in the middle of nowhere on roads that were not made for road bikes. And the crosswind had gotten stronger. And it started to rain. The combination of road and weather made for a difficult biking day.

Even in such a desolate spot, we found evidence that Irish fans are everywhere. We went for hours on those back roads without seeing any other people or vehicles at all. Sean from Development was driving the van. At last, a large farm sprayer approached, and the driver, Steve, jumped out to introduce himself. It turns out that Steve’s daughter is a freshman at Notre Dame!


Before we said goodbye, he gave us a donation for the NPC cause. What a wonderful bright spot in the middle of a difficult day.

Finally, as we rolled into Iowa City, the sun came out. We just sat and soaked up the warm light before we went into the hotel. That evening, the Notre Dame Club of Iowa City had arranged for us to enjoy their city’s arts festival with exhibits and a band right downtown. The festival was pleasant, and the weather was beautiful – a perfect ending to a day with such a “rocky” start. Tomorrow, we’re looking forward to a long ride to Des Moines and another alumni club event.

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