Today’s ride was great, the best for me so far. It was long and challenging but do-able. The morning was cool, the landscape beautiful, and the riding peaceful. It was one of those rides for which what I wrote after the Day 1 ride applies: “In many moments of such a ride, it’s simply enough in every way just to be there.” Moreover, at a SAG stop at mile 60 I was delighted to meet up with a former student (photos below) who had responded to an email I sent to KU’s biology alumni for the fundraiser. We eventually discovered that she lives a few blocks from a planned stop on our route and arranged to meet! Finally, there were also some spectacular views along the way.
Cassie Skinner Mavencamp (holding her adorable daughter Ginny) graduated from KU in 2006 and is now statewide data administrator for the Bureau of Land Management, a job she likes a lot. Cassie wrote the following about the Biology Department at KU: “One of my favorite things about the biology program at KU was the faculty's dedication to their students. I never felt second tier to graduate students or administration. Your ride for Josh Wesner is a testament to this feeling.”
Cassie’s lovely family: Fritz, Cassie, and the twins Ginny and Gus.