Immortal Bird Postscript

Doron Weber on Immortal Bird Aftermath

Immortal Bird interview and Big Ride update: Day 33

–For readers and would-be readers of Immortal Bird, a half hour interview I taped with Richard Heffner, the fabled host of Open Mind, will start its on-air broadcast career at 12 noon tomorrow Saturday, July 21st, 2011 on WNET/Channel 13. It will be re-broadcast on CUNY-TV, Channel 75 on Sunday, August 12th at 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. and on Monday, August 13th at 8:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
–Today we biked 94 miles from Madison, Wisconsin to Garden Prairie, Illinois, entering our eighth state. The weather was good and the roads generally flat with a few long rollers through Wisconsin dairyland and then a lot of urban riding through Illinois. We got a relatively late start and I had a 3 pm conference call on the east coast relating to our Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) initiatives, so I rode briskly under favorable conditions and made it with time to spare, jumping into the pool at Holiday Acres campground before calling in.

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All 18 Big Riders pose with a sign showing their progress to date–2,192 miles–before leaving Madison, Wisconsin in the morning.

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Lynn presents Big Rider Jim with a birthday cake. I bought Jim a copy of Immortal Bird, which I’m glad to report was in stock at the University of Wisconsin bookstore.

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The decoration for Jim’s cake.

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Big Riders ride single file along the Capital City Trail as they exit Madison, one of our favorite cities on this trip.

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Entering Brooklyn, Wisconsin, population 1401, which boasts “a great school system, three Village parks and a community center, which makes Brooklyn a great place to live.”

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A nice stretch of farmland between Brooklyn and Evansville

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A working family dairy farm.

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The beautiful cows of Wisconsin

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The rolling hills offer some lovely vistas at the crest

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Welcome to Illinois, “The Land of Lincoln” and our eighth state in 33 days. We crossed over in South Beloit, Illinois.

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An aluminum parts factory in an urban setting

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But Illinois has golden fields too.

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A farm seen through a cornfield

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Jim (on left) a Big Rider from 2008, generously hosted us with fresh watermelon, ice cream, cold drinks and deck chairs off La Grange Road.

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A collage Jim assembled from his 2008 Big Ride.

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Holiday Acres camping resort, where we are staying tonight.

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Gene and Sharon relax in the pool.

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