meeting of which I am aware. It also helps explain the
popularity of the midnight hikes in total darkness led by
Professor Graham Cooks through the circuitous trails of
Turkey Run State Park.
In this backdrop, the proposition to start attending
the meeting via a 60-mile bicycle ride was received with
surprising warmth by many of the Purdue graduate
student participants. The route iterates between south
and west through county roads, navigating between the
desire to avoid both highways and unexpected dirt roads.
The cohort of riders spans folks with years of experience on long rides to novices who have never biked more
than a few miles at a stretch, with the goal of all being
completion of this trip. In those hours, conversations are
filled with topics that run the gamut from professional to
personal to profane (more of the latter once we hit those
final killer hills winding up to the park entrance). The
prize for completing our goal: bragging rights and a sense
of satisfaction at having accomplished something significant, even before the meeting has begun.
Each time my hope has been that we arrive in time
to shower and change before the first poster session