One-hundred & Six Miles. Or: Ain’t No Thing But a Chicken Wing

Come one, come all to the spec-tacular event of the Illini 4000!

So for those of you that don’t know. I’ll catch you up to speed.
I’m Eamon Patrick O’Hara. I was born on August 30. I have two feet and 20 toes. Two eyes and a head of hair. Fast forward. College. Fast forward. Illini 4000. Fast forward. Columbus, Ohio.

K. Now that we’re up to speed: Tomorrow will mark our longest ride yet. Over a century in miles tomorrow. I don’t see that as being a problem. Tough? Absolutely. Impossible? Far from it. This team continues to inspire me in every aspect possible. The chemistry, the support, the selflessness. Columbus is a nice city with CVS-es that close at 8pm, so don’t plan on arriving at 8:07pm or the manager will promptly stand in the doorway preventing your entrance.

Keeping track of time is becoming progressively more difficult. Time seems to freeze as I ride my bike. Of course, time doesn’t really freeze, but time is completely irrelevant. Wake up at 6, be at the stayover by sundown. Simple. Easy. The way it should be.

I’m currently on wake-up duty, which is a blast. I’m a big fan of waking people up (my sister, Margo can vouch for that). Today, I woke up the team by singing that first song in The Lion King.You know “ahhhhh subeennnyaaaa bidddiiichhhiiibuuuddaaahhh” I think it was well received. Tomorrow I might make animal noises. What fun!

Thank you so much for all the support, family and friends, and a special thank-you to Bonita, Caroline, & Meredith Lantz for the stamps! They’ve been getting their fair share of use!

Champaign or bust! 4 days!

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