Driving the Van Tomorrow

First, thank you madison illini alum for joining us at lauren’s family’s home. In fact, as tribute to lauren’s very sweet mom, i will blog today.

Today was an easy day. My group–consisting of gabrielle, dyvia, rachel and connor–took the 60-something miles into wisconsin at a pleasant pace. Ivy and I sang christmas, chinese, beatles, and spanish songs. Out of these random sound bites I felt we could pull off a pretty good duet. She, of course, would sing the high notes and I the low.

But the thought of organizing a proper song would have to wait at least 30 more miles. Singing quickly turned into stomach rumbling; but, it did not last. We stoped at a convenience store and bought some, according to Maggie, “fresh” Wisconsin cheese–it came in a sealed bag. Of course the quotes above were meant to show sarcasm but I, on the other hand, found it tasty and filing. Maggie kindly let me have a second, and third, hand full.

So far, Wisconsin has been amazing. The people. The sights. The food. I guess that’s why I volunteered to drive the van. I’m a little scared, but, if others can do it, so can I. Wish me luck! It seems a bit stressful but, maybe, it can also be enjoyable.

Comments (4)
  • Eileen Rock says:

    I am truly humbled by what you all are doing, after riding just 16 miles at the ride along! I(especially my back side) was grateful to have only one mile to ride to the train to go back to Chicago, after the picnic. Glad to hear that you have “easy” days in this great endeavor. I believe I would be volunteering to drive the van alot.
    Eileen Rock

  • Gayle Winters says:

    Christian…you are so sweet!! I am smiling from ear to ear! Now I am tearing up because I have been so fortunate to get to know so many of you. I am going to miss all of you. I can understand how the Illini team has become so close from spending so much time together. I feel like you are family and I have only spent a fraction of that time with everyone. It is very comforting to know that Lauren is riding with such wonderful people. And as hard as it was to say goodbye to her knowing that I will not see her for awhile now, it gave me great comfort to know she is with her Illini family.
    Hope you had a good day driving the van and everything went smoothly. Take care and stay safe. Ride on Illini 4000!!!!

  • Nancy, Larry & Michael Replogle says:

    Christian, Wisconsin is a beautiful state and the cheese is the best — even if it comes in a plastic bag ! Enjoy your ride into MN. You still have lots to see in this amazing country.

  • Ayyyyyyyy Cristian! I keep forgetting to properly stalk you. I hope you’re doing well! Miss you :)

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