450 Global Pass Chicago, Minneapolis/St.Paul, Cincinnati, Nashville and Rugby TN
Meanwhile, the Chicago Ball landed on North Avenue Beach, gripped possessively by Dennis Wen (SH 75-78), Tom Chadwick (St 79-83), John Millichap (SH 88-93) and Amy Lokuciejewska (St 99-01). Then a dutiful visit to Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, for some pre-match 'tailgaiting. Since our Chicago Rugbeians said no more about the game, the Cubs must have lost. Or they never got past the 'tailgating.
Brian Ip (C 75-80) and Rob Priddy (T 90-95) took charge in Minneapolis, executing superb passes at the famed Stone Arch Bridge (the only stone bridge over the entire Mississippi, since you asked!). I had the pleasure of biking with Rob two weeks thereafter on the 450 Ride in Sonoma/Napa.
Francis Oglethorpe (SH 74-78) did the honors in Cincinnati. Check out the great photo of Francis with his two sons - looks like there's a full scrum in the Oglethorpe household!
And on to Nashville, the home of country music and playground of our own Kate Chestnut (St 04-05), pictured with her parents. Look at the photos of Kate mingling with the stars at the Grand 'Ol Opry: who knew those country music legends loved Rugby football! That looked like so much fun I think we should HQ our 500th celebration at the Paradise Park Trailer Resort and Rippy's Bar & Grill down in Nashville.
And the final stop, fittingly, in Rugby, Tennessee. As we all know, Rugby TN was a utopian community founded by Thomas Hughes in 1880, probably drawing on his memories of utopian Rugby, Warwickshire. En route, Kate confused a herd of Black Angus with the All Blacks, went on to pose with the Rugby TN staff and touched the ball down on the library desk of Thomas Hughes. I could hear Tom Brown cheer, and Flashman sneer...