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By Sam Alcorn
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Team Bucknell is in the sixth day of their 19-day, 3,050-mile coast-to-coast bicycle trek that is attempting to raise $1 million each for scholarship for Bucknell and the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Bucknell-Penn Alumni Bike Race Across America.
If the cyclists stay on schedule, Team Bucknell, with its three generations of riders, one of whom will turn 76 next month, should be bunking down in Alamosa, Colo., at the end of today, having completed more than 1,000 miles since they left Santa Monica, Calif., Sunday morning.
On the news front, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell event sent the Bucknell-Penn cyclists a letter wishing them the "best of luck" on their ride.
On Thursday, Frank Arentowicz '69, reported in his daily blog on the group's Web site that the cyclists covered ground in three states — Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. "We covered 8,680 of climbing feet today," he said, noting, too, that the cyclists will climb more than 100,000 feet by the time the ride is completed in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 27. The day's "entire ride had spectacular views!"
One new development, too. Team Bucknell, consisting of Walter McConnell '53, Arentowicz '69, Pat O'Malley '07, and Kyle Rosendale '07, grew by one earlier this week. Jay Kosa '07, who'd been handling van-driving duties, saddled up for a few miles himself.
"We had all five Bucknell alumni members riding today. Jay biked for the second day in a row today," said Arentowicz. "He is our newest riding member!"
The ride has yielded plenty of memorable conversations, including one at an Arizona food pit stop.
Said Arentowicz: "We had a special question from one of the Navajo mothers in Tuba City, Ariz., today. We had stopped to buy food for lunch. While in the food ordering line, a woman asked, 'Where is Bucknell?' I said, 'Why do you ask?' She said, 'I am a huge Kansas Jayhawk fan and you beat us several years ago. I will never forget that.'"
In 2005, Bucknell beat Kansas 64-63 in a first round NCAA Tournament thriller.
"We’ve only been here a few hours, but Colorado is already my favorite state of the trip," said Rosendale. "The terrain is gorgeous and everyone is very friendly… We met up with a fellow '07 Bucknellian, Emily Johnson, (who we had never met before tonight) and she showed us around a few typical Durangotang (that’s what Durango’s inhabitants call themselves) hangouts. Everyone we met had a good story to tell."
Reported McConnell on his blog: "Another day spent in wonder of the beauty, diversity, and expansiveness of our great country. We are truly blessed."
(Read earlier stories: Sept. 12, Sept. 11, Sept. 7, and Aug. 20.)
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Posted Sept. 14, 2007