99 miles to Madison takes us along the Glacial Drumlin State Trail through swampy terrain and swarms of bugs.
I dedicated today to my Aunt Marie who has a blocked artery. I hope everything is going well!
Aunt Marie, today is for you.
Another century, this time to Milwaukee! We meet the family of a 4K rider on another team, I talk about morning frustrations, and bike paths are confusing.
I dedicated today to Lydia, the woman who just won one of the Ulman Cancer Fund Scholarships. Lydia is an amazing woman who has been in treatment for cancer for about a year now and is now beginning law school.
Lydia, today – and the rest of my ride – is for you.
Almost a century today through Gary, IN and on to Chicago. It was an adventure basically making up the second half of the route on the fly and I felt like I was back in Denmark when I got to the Lakefront trail – bikes everywhere!
I dedicated today to two people: Tom Martel and Fred Gunther.
Tom Martel is the father of Roy, a man we met at a water stop yesterday. Tom passed from cancer, as did most of the other men in Roy’s family.
Fred Gunther was a fireman with the South Bend Fire Department. He rode ladder for 27 years and passed just last year from lung cancer. Unfortunately, cancer is no stranger to the men and women who serve as fire fighters around the globe…
Tom & Fred, today is for you.
Today we rode to South Bend, home of Notre Dame and met some interesting people along the way.
I dedicated today to Joseph J. Poplaski Jr, father of my friend Kevin Poplaski. Kevin wanted to say this:
My Dad was diagnosed with cancer and given 18 months to live when I was 10. He beat the odds and lived another 11 years on an experimental treatment that did not work for anyone else in the study but him. Eventually cancer finally won, but I would never have known my Dad if he wasn’t given such an incredible opportunity that was discovered from research which was funded by charities like this.
Joseph, today is for you.
A great ride up to Grand Rapids, a 4th Hope Lodge visit, and a really cool community center.
Today I rode for Harry McConnell, a PA State Trooper. Harry is the father-in-law of my Pre-Calculus teacher Kathy McConnell. Harry learned he had pancreatic cancer when he went to the hospital in fall 1973 for an unrelated surgery. Only a few months later, Harry passed.
Harry, today is for you.
On to Lansing, the capital city of Michigan. The roads were hell, but Hell was pretty sweet!
I dedicated today to two people: Julie Ramsey and her sister Candy Harm. Julie is the Dean of College Life at Gettysburg College and a breast cancer survivor. She is an amazing woman and a true inspiration to the Gettysburg College community. Her sister, Candy, is currently fighting bone cancer. Julie had this to say:
I am donating in honor of my sister Candy Harm who is battling bone cancer at this time. Battling is a word that many people use in regard to cancer and I always wondered why … We don’t say so and so is battling heart disease … But watching her, I understand why that word is used. Every day is a decision to keep going and to keep hoping…
Julie and Candy, today is for you.
Crossing the state line into Michigan today! The roads are TERRIBLE!
I dedicated today to Molly Larkin, daughter of Eileen Thomas. Molly was diagnosed with ocular melanoma and lost sight in her left eye. It then metastasized to her liver, where it is treatable but not curable. She is currently doing an amazing job balancing treatment, a full-time job, and being a mother for two.
Molly, today is for you.