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Major tectonic shift on July 28

Am I missing something or is there a major geological event scheduled for sometime over night of July 28th?
When we arrive in Ottumwa, it looks like we’ll be at about 1000 feet above sea level, but when we leave the next morning, we’re at 630. Perhaps an unusually high tide or the impact of global warming resulting in the flooding of most of Florida?
And yes, I HAVE been accused of over-analyzing.

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Juerg Tschirren, March 11, 2016 at 12:50 pm

10,000+ bicyclists, bellies full of pie, that’s a lot of weight in a relatively small space. No wonder things are setting a bit, makes sense! ;-)


trek2300, March 11, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Ottumwa is my old hometown but I haven’t been back for 30 years. The elevation on the south side of town near the river and the camping area is about 630 feet. The northbound climb out of town is only about 200 feet of climb, starting about 1/2 mile north of the river.
The seismic event was intended to be kept secret; remember, what happens on RAGBRAI stays on RAGBRAI, even in the planning stages!


KenH, March 11, 2016 at 3:49 pm

I have a friend who is a solar eclipse chaser. He goes all over the world, once or twice a year to see them. He has noted that wherever he goes to see one there frequently is an earthquake soon before or after or during. There is an upcoming eclipse that crosses southern Illinois (among other states) which is perilously close to the New Madrid fault….

But that is in 2017, I’ve got nothing for 2016 unless the pie theory pans out!


Cameron Cranston, March 12, 2016 at 9:34 pm

I’m coming up from Florida so I need to know about this. Is it worth staying up for or will I sleep through it? Also, my wife doesn’t ride so she will be back in Orlando. Is this thing going to piss her off?


Bentongoing, March 13, 2016 at 9:40 am

I think this might be an opportunity for you. You can use this to convince her to get that houseboat you always wanted.
Unfortunately, at 100 ft above sea level, Orlando would not become ocean front property, unless perhaps, you live at the top of Space Mountain.


Bentongoing, March 15, 2016 at 10:26 am

Ok. We can all relax. I figured it out. The elevation chart from Day 4 is the same as Day 5. It’s like Deja vu all over again! So the good news (in addition to being able to sleep soundly during the night with no rude seismic interruptions) is that we actually decend some 380 feet on Thursday. Whheeeee! we can coast!


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