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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.