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9th September Napoleon,IN to Freemont ,Ohio

76  miles.Another day another state.

The wind changed direction every daybut for the most it is blowing across us.Today however we were in luck.It was blowingbehind us so with the tailwinds we were picking up ridiculous speedsof up to 30 miles per hour on the flat road.We stopped by for lunch at Blowling Green which we regret not having stayed.Its a small quant town of 25,000 but is also a university town and there is a great atmosphere about the place.Since practically day 1 of the cycle,a woman by the name of Jane.E.George has been one of our biggest fans.She a keen fan as she has family who have been impacted by cancer and wanted to meet us for lunch to thank us for our efforts to raise funds and awareness for cancer patients.Jane met us with her daughter Sara,in a coffee shop in”BG”.They are great people and offered to put us up in their Family guestouse in Bowling Green and also offered to bring us out for dinner with their familyn later that evening.With the accomodation alkready sorted for Freemont we  regretfully had to pass mon the former but took them up on the latter.

After our 20 something mile ride from BG to Freemont  we returned to Bowling Green where the George Familuy had organised a newspaper interview for us over dinner.The George family are no stranger to the press as Sara was in the paperjust months prior to this after she saved a family of drowning swimmers at a beach while holidaying with her husband.What a great family!We were left overwhelmed with the response from the family whom treated us as we were family.

8th September Kendaville,IN to Napoleon,IN

84 miles

Today believe it or not the human alarm clock William Kerwin ,slept in late and an extra 1 hour beauty sleep was had for the team.Although to look at some of the team who could tell.We were on the road by 9.It was to be a long day at the office.The battery on my ipod was gone as soon as i turned it on butn after 3 hours pedaling it was music to my ears that when young McNamara informed me that there was 46 miles to go.The man had sustained a ridiculous pace out of the blocks and there was no way he could sustain such a pace.The wind was blowing across us.Perhaps with all the cycling the man had illusions that youngn Kerwin was a dog and was chasing him down?Who knows what was running through the mans mind?Or perhaps it was E.P.O.running through his veins?The drafting worked miracles for us as we took 15 minute intervals at a pace which never dropped below 17 miles per hour.

Today we had followed the highway 17 for the entire day so there was no danger of young Kerwin getting us lost.The man still carries the Wisconsin Map in his backpack.

7th September 2010 – Valparaiso, IN to Kendaville, IN

This was a pretty boring day,all things considered and we prayed for a twist in the road or a climb to brighten things up a little but it never happened.McNamara didnt even get us lost believe it or not.A puncture for my good self was as dramatic as things got.We did pass through a dirt roadof 5 miles where Amish community lived andwere overtaken by a horse and cart on this road.

6th September Chicago, IL to Valparaiso, IN by Mark

Distance :68miles

A new state to be obliterated by the COA team today and the victim was Indiana. Warm day and a late start as we had to be dropped out from downtown Chicago to Yorkville in the car so we didnt get started until approx 9am despite being up and about  since 630am( thanks to the human alarm clock that is William Kerwin with the usual call “get up”)

Passed through the suburbs of Chicago including Joilet and Chicago Heights .Although hungry we didnt stop at either location for luncheon as there was many a dodgy fellow to be seen lurking and although we felt likeallowing the bikes to be robbed would be a decent reason for not completing the cycle .The lads met us  with food and water just over the Indiana border at a town called Dyer and then a couple more hours of pedaling and we were there

We hit the cinema to see “The Other One.Dont ask me for a review of the film as I fell asleep 5 minutes into movie