Upon arrival at Notre Dame, Gerald Beeson and I met up with John Breckenfelder who was on campus ready to ride with us tomorrow. Along with Carlin we headed over toward the Golden Dome for a few pictures making note of the end of a day’s successful travels.
For me along with Carlin, it was off to St. Joseph’s hospital for the last of the rabies shots. HURRAH. That little turmoil in life is over. Then back to Notre Dame for a mass for the Marist Community at the Log Chapel. Marist graduate, Chuck Lamphier, who works in the Administration here at Notre Dame was instrumental and more than gracious in having Notre Dame provide for a mass and dinner afterwards for friends and members of the Marist Community and lodging for tomorrow’s cyclists as we prepare for tomorrow’s continued western travels to Marist High School.
During the day we traversed Amish country and saw our share of the Amish at work, on the farm, and traveling in their carriages. The Amish do not drive cars but rather horse drawn carriages. So while there are not as many cars on the road one has to be careful of the carbon footprint that the horses have left on the road. (If you know what I mean.).
The countryside we traversed had well maintained properties of both the farming and residential variety. Into South Bend we arrived from the South and made our way up to Notre Dame, our destination for the day. We were fortunate to have a mass just for the Marist Community and friends at Notre Dame’s Log cabin chapel. Notre Dame has over 30 chapels in additions to the Basilica on campus. Mass and prayer are important here in addition to the commonly known interest in football. Like Marist, Notre Dame seems interested in building on the strong faith of its students in addition to academic and athletic pursuits.
I’m joined tomorrow with fellow riders, my brother, Tom; friends, Gale Stoffregen and Ron Stoffregen; friend and fellow math teacher, John Breckenfelder. It’s off to Valparaiso we head tomorrow. Again, it’s great to have friends to ride with who will surely be supportive and helpful as I complete these last days back to sweet home Chicago.
Today’s total mileage: 67.9 miles. Maximum Speed: 25.9 mph.
Total mileage to date: 913.4 miles or 90.9% of Total
Total climb to date:20,966 feet or 20,966/22,229=94.3% of total