About Lea's Foundation

In 1998, Lea Michele Economos, a young woman who died of leukemia at the age of 28, made a dying wish to her parents that others would not face the hardships she encountered by finding a cure for this disease. Her family started this charity to carry on that wish. Today, Lea’s Foundation takes an active role in finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and myeloma and to better the lives of people living with these diseases. At the UCONN Health Center, the Lea’s Foundation Center for Hematologic Disorders sponsors research in this field. A new program covers the cost of bone-marrow testing to help recruit life-saving transplants for patients. Also, annual scholarships are given to children with leukemia who are planning to attend nursery school. For more information on other projects carried out by Lea’s Foundation, please visit their website at www.LeasFoundation.org.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Day 34: Hide and Go Camp (Vandalia,IL to Brazil, IN - 115 miles)

Before this trip I would have probably collapsed attempting to ride 115 miles in 95 degree heat. It seems Dan and I have finally gotten used to biking for long distances in the heat because today wasn't too bad. We passed into Indiana without even realizing it because there was not state line sign on the road we were on. We stopped at a Barnes and Noble in Terre Haute which doubled as the Indiana State University bookstore. There we tried to find a place to stay for the night, and after searching and searching we had nothing. Brazil has one motel that was 7 miles out of the way.  We have stayed at some bad places, but by the looks of these reviews this place may be the worst motel in America. The one that sealed the deal was, "I would have been more comfortable sleeping in my car". All the others had key words like "bugs", "disgusting", "stains", and my favorite "no office because it burned down ". That definitely did not seem too appealing. We decided to pass on the motel and head into Brazil and figure it out. We were told that Pappy's BBQ was great so we went there for dinner. Not only was the food awesome, but the manager gave us our food for free!

We then talked to some locals and found out that the town park would be the best place to camp. We're not allowed to be here, but we're planning to hide our tent between the benches of the outdoor auditorium. Hope we don't get kicked out!

This nice cat lives under the stage.  She is nicely letting us share her shelter for the night. 

It is really muggy here and the temperature will stay in the 90s until late tonight. We feel gross. We have been sweating all day and are probably going to continue to sweat throughout the night. Tomorrow we plan to ride to Richmond where we have much needed Warm Showers hosts who are letting us stay at their house. 

1 comment:

  1. In the late 70's there was a movie called Breaking Away at Indiana University. I think it was in Bloomington. You may not want to watch the movie until your memories of the heat and humidity fade! Keep plugging away. You're doing a great job.