Six school counselors rolled in to Lincoln College Monday afternoon, June 17, on a special “Bike O’Fun” tour that combined visits to colleges with a central Illinois bicycle tour that is taking them from Bloomington to Jacksonville.

Led by professional school counselors Paul Welsh and Sarah McDougal from Fenton High School in Bensonville, the group began their tour Sunday in Bloomington, before hitting the road to Lincoln, where they toured Lincoln College, had dinner with admissions staff and stayed overnight, before setting out for Springfield on Tuesday morning.

In addition to Welsh and McDougal, riders included Paul Harris of Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas; Scott Lilly of Glenbard East High School in Lombard; Heidi Mignonne of Columbia College, Chicago; and Merle Wilder of Belleville East High School.

The tour gives the counselors a chance to get familiar with Illinois colleges over the summer, while also getting a great workout and enjoying some bicycling through the countryside.  Welsh and McDougal are experienced cyclists and got the idea of an Illinois tour after regularly touring with a similar group known as the Tour d’Admission, which tours colleges across the country.

While heading to Lincoln, the group took time to stop in Atlanta to take in some of the sites at the historic community, including the Route 66 Arcade Museum and the 19-Foot Tall “Paul Bunyon” hot dog statue.