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Notre Dame dean passes through Craig on cross-country trek

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Greg Crawford’s route over the past week (according to http://roadtodisc…

June 8 – McCook, Neb. – Yuma (100 miles)

June 9 – Yuma – Denver (100 miles)

June 10 – rest day in Denver

June 11 – Denver – Granby (95 miles)

June 12 – Granby – Craig (120 miles)

June 13 – Craig – Rangely (100 miles)

June 14 – Rangely – Altamont, Utah (95 miles)

June 15 – Altamont – Park City, Utah (90 miles)

The University of Notre Dame's dean of the College of Science rode into Craig Tuesday as part of his Road to Discovery bicycle ride.

Greg Crawford began his ride on May 21 in Boston, Mass., and has made his way across the country, riding around 80 to 160 miles per day.

The ride from Granby to Craig was one of his more difficult, with 120 miles to cover and hills to climb.

"It was a long ride today and we had a couple tough hills, plus some serious wind. And it seems like it's always a head wind. The wind is always in our face," Crawford said.

Crawford came into Craig on Highway 40 and stayed the night at the Holiday Inn and Suites, 300 Colorado Route 13. Crawford said he ate at the Castle Ranch Steakhouse in the hotel.

"I'm a ribeye kind of guy, so having that in the hotel was convenient," he said. "Made it easier to get back to resting after the meal."

He said the ride on Highway 40 was beautiful. On his blog, Crawford commented on the change of scenery that took place during the ride.

"The landscape changed a lot today – from barren desert-like, to green with lots of evergreens in the mountains, to bare rocks, and back to desert-like," the blog post read.

He added that getting to come through smaller towns like Craig is a bonus of doing rides like this one.

"On a normal cross-country trip, you don't see things in terms of the smaller towns of America," he said. "The main purpose of this ride is for the disease, but it's a great thing to meet people in these towns."

Crawford is riding to raise funds for research on the disease Niemann-Pick Type C, a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects mostly children. Legendary Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian lost three grandchildren to the disease.

Crawford's ride will end in Pebble Beach, Calif. for the Parseghian Classic, a golf fundraiser at Pebble Beach Resorts.