“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can”
– John Wesley
The ride required complete concentration. There have been days during this journey when I’ve struggled with the balance between efficiency and relaxed routes. Effectiveness won out today.
There was little leeway to explore without adding significant mileage, and my legs voted, “NO!” There was no time for pictures or a safe place to stop to take in the views. Not that there was anything worth reporting on this mostly big road suburban riding.
I’m pleased to report that I arrived at my destination safely with ample time to take care of other agenda items. The strong Wifi at the Fairfield Inn was a luxury that I took advantage of by catching up with my Virtual Velo Podcast mates and recording an episode. They had a lot of questions, and I’ve been eager to share.
The route took me through the southern portion of South Bend. I felt an attraction pulling me to one of the meccas of college football, but even that wasn’t strong enough to cause me to detour. After we took care of our housekeeping, Kristin and I backtracked. I couldn’t leave Indiana without stepping foot on the hallowed ground of “The House that Rockne Built.”
It’s not easy driving the Schwenk Tank through narrow campus streets, and we got as close as possible. Then we took our date to a nearby pub popular with students and took in the atmosphere. I put Notre Dame on my list of places to visit again. In the fall and with a car, and some buddies.
It was a fun and effective day!
About the DIRT Dad Fundo Pledge for Day Forty-Four—Mark Inderhees
Here is what Mark had to say—”DIRT has given me the opportunity to keep cycling while raising a young family. And even more getting to meet many like minded Dads, cheers to the Down ‘n DIRTy and DIRTy Rascals crews. I’m a stronger cyclist than ever thanks to DIRT. The Dad Fund is awesome, ride fast and far today!”
Amount Raised to Date—$9,069
Thank you, Mark!
Now off to Wauseon, OH!
To support Chris in his effort to raise awareness of The DIRT Dad Fund, the non-profit he created to assist members of the worldwide cycling community, check out this link to learn more.
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Semi-retired as owner and director of his private Orthopedic Physical Therapy practice after over 20 years, Chris is blessed with the freedom to pursue his passion for virtual cycling and writing. On a continual quest to give back to his bike for all the rewarding experiences and relationships it has provided him, he created a non-profit. Chris is committed to helping others with his bike through its work and the pages of his site.
In the summer of 2022, he rode 3,900 miles from San Francisco to New York to support the charity he founded, TheDIRTDadFund. His “Gain Cave” resides on the North Fork of Long Island, where he lives with his beautiful wife and is proud of his two independent children.
You will read him promoting his passion on the pages of Cycling Weekly, Cycling News, road.cc, Zwift Insider, Endurance.biz, and Bicycling. Chris is co-host of The Virtual Velo Podcast, too!