July 24 - South Bend
We said goodbye to Chicago today. It is an awesome city, and I wish we had more time, but it is time to continue our journey.
Today was interesting for a few reasons, firstly our project manager Kyle Marpe did a ride along today. It was exciting to see our fearless leader out on the bike.
It also was a weird day because 40 miles in we stopped at a beach on Lake Michigan and hung out for about 2 hours. It was a really fun time, and the lake was absolutely beautiful. It is crazy seeing a lake that looks like an ocean!
After the beach we started riding the next 50 miles of the day. We passed through a town with a nuclear power plant which was cool to see. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of it.
Something went wrong in the planning of the day however, as at about mile 70 we had to rack the whole team to get to South Bend in time for our sponsored dinner. Our project manager (who was riding) and our crew chief had quite a confrontation about racking the team because Kyle wanted to try to finish the ride.
We racked into lodging which is at a private Catholic high school, it is probably the nicest high school I have ever been in. Then we went to dinner with The Knights of Columbus.
After dinner we got to go to Notre Dame And check out their campus. Hint: it is super nice! I took a few photos:
Finally it was time to fill up water and go to bed.