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Harvey’s Ride

Harvey took campus by storm!Harvey took campus by storm!

Meet Harvey D. Cain ’52! Harvey embarked on an over 3,000-mile bicycle trek from his home in Sacramento, California to his roots at Lake Forest College for Homecoming 2015!

Harvey at Homecoming

Updates from Harvey’s Ride

  • Harvey has made it to campus!

    October 7, 2015

    Harvey Cain ’52 made it to campus this morning. He was joined by fellow alumnus Mark Hertzberg ’72 on his journey from Evanston to Lake Forest. 

  • From Pontiac, IL

    September 30, 2015

    Harvey writes…

    “Today, I decided in a gesture to history and adventure and safety– I had great confidence that no speeding vehicles were going to hit me– I decided to ride all of the old 66 Route that I could between Bloomigton-Normal and Pontiac, Illinois and I did..come what may..18 miles of it and all into a very spritely wind of over 40 mph (wind whistling in your ear sort of stuff )

    I got so tired of pumping hard into the wind at 6 to 7 mph, I decided to treat myself and feel what it was to have the wind at my back…I quickly & easily was at 14 mph

    …well worth the experience. This is day 66 or 67 on the trip and on only three of those days was there any wind at my back and on the one day it was at my back all day, I rode 66 miles, but…delicious.”

  • Greetings from Springfield, IL

    September 29, 2015

    Harvey writes:

    “The Abraham Lincoln Museum and Library deserves to be on everyone’s bucket list…our mouths were agape from taking in all the exhibits all day. It is suggested to plan to spend 2 1/2 to 3 hours and I think that modest time suggestion was to not scare people off. One gets the feeling of actually being there in the time in many places…being INTERACTIVE took on a new REALITY.” 



  • Harvey in the news

    September 24, 2015

    Harvey is making headlines! Check out his recent story in the Litchfield news here.

    He was also featured in the Lake Forest Leader here.

    Way to go Harvey!



  • Less than 300 miles to go…

    September 23, 2015

    This past weekend, Harvey crossed the Mississippi River and into his 8th state since his ride began in late July. He has less than 300 miles to go and is on schedule to be in Lake Forest for Homecoming.

    Harvey writes:

    “On way across the Mississippi River across the old Route 66 Chain of Rocks Bridge, which is now the second longest bike and pedestrian bridge. Got to talking to the lady bicyclist and she said she would like her picture with me…her husband took the picture.

    The bridge is at an angle and of different span lengths to set on best rock supports. Rapids just down stream and part of reason it was so treacherous to navigate before series of 26 dams and locks upstream from here make the Upper Mississippi navigable.

    I hung a left after crossing the bridge to go to Camp River Dubois site where Lewis and Clark set up and trained in a military fashion at end of 1803 and departed in May 1804 for their 2 year journey to the Pacific. I rode on the gravel topped levee.”


  • Only 600 miles to go…

    September 15, 2015

  • Keep on pedaling Harvey…

    September 8, 2015

    Harvey is going strong! Here are his most recent adventures in Texas and Oklahoma.


  • Harvey Cain ’52 featured in Spectrum Magazine

    Check your mailbox, the Spectrum magazine should be arriving soon! In the meantime, read Harvey’s story online now and don’t forget to support his ride!


  • Oklahoma…

    September 1, 2015

    Here are some of Harvey’s recent adventures in Texas and Oklahoma:

  • Harvey’s update from Amarillo, TX

    August 26, 2015

    We recently sent Harvey some Forester gear - including the Harvey’s Ride magnet pictured below for his camper. Also, check out some of his recent adventures in the image gallery below!

  • Harvey in Albuquerque

    August 20, 2015

    Harvey has made it to Albuquerque and is staying with family. He recently sent us over 50 pictures of his trip so far. Check them out on the College’s Facebook page.


  • Harvey’s Adventures so far…

    August 17, 2015

  • Across the Continental Divide…

    August 12, 2015

    Monday, Harvey passed through Gallup, NM. Feeling a little light headed, he rested during the heat of the day before heading out for an evening ride. Ever fashion conscious, he tried to match his surroundings, with a Mohawk shaped addition to his helmet made from sage brush…

    Yesterday, Harvey crossed the Continental Divide and camped at over 7500 Ft, which has been a gradual climb since leaving Southern California. This means that today he is finally riding downhill!

    ?Approximate miles traveled so far: 1,058 miles


  • An update from Harvey’s son, Phillip Cain

    August 10, 2015

    “He’s out on the road… beginning his third week. He spent last night near the Painted Desert, east of Holbook, AZ. He sounds good, looks great. The attached picture is from Sunday morning, 8/9/15. Along the south, route 66 follows I40, so a lot of his ride is on the frontage road parallel to this interstate.”

    ?Approximate miles traveled so far: 963 miles


  • Through beautiful AZ he goes…

    August 4, 2015

    After a fun family camping trip in San Bernardino, CA, Harvey has been peddling on and will be arriving shortly in beautiful Flagstaff, AZ where he will take a break before he heads off to New Mexico.

    Approximate miles traveled so far: 872 miles

  • Ready, set, go!

    July 24, 2015

    Harvey has been quite busy this summer! He started his trek from Sacramento to Santa Monica, CA and proceed on Route 66. Along his route he has already stopped by his vacation home on the Medocino Coast and completed a ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for AIDS research. 

    Today, Harvey will begin riding from Santa Monica to Pasadena, where he will make a stop in Altadena (north of Pasadena) to visit his daughter. Then he will continue on his journey to San Bernardino.

    What a great way to start your ride Harvey! Nothing better than having the support of your family with you. 

    Approximate miles traveled so far: 452 miles

Harvey’s Route

Harvey chose a route that would pass through a number of places he has called home over the years.  He’ll start at his long-time home in Sacramento, California then head generally south along the Pacific Coast to Southern California and east to Chicago on Historic Route 66, then north to the Lake Forest campus and his birthplace.  Along the way, he’ll pass his vacation home near the Pacific Coast, locations in Los Angeles and Chicago where he received his medical training, and even the town in Illinois where he first rode a bicycle in the 1930’s right on Route 66.

Harvey’s Story

Get to know Harvey! Click here to read more about Harvey.


“Harvey D. Cain ’52 was born in 1930 at the old Alice Home Hospital. Harvey has a long-standing connection to Lake Forest and the College…”