I started at 7:15, walked through Reasnor, didn’t stop by Sully or Lynnville and figured I’d stop there after the loop. Also I liked to have breakfast in New Sharon because I think it should get a few bucks from me while it might not see as many riders as towns on the main route.
But I was a little disappointed at New Sharon — not because I didn’t get the patch. I had all three from last three years and they are just sitting in a drawer somewhere back at home. I saw Mr. Karras and his leaving in a golf cart. The food items were too limited. I ended only had a cinnamon bun and a gatorade.
My hope in the next stop, Peoria was totally busted. There wasn’t anything there. I kind of felt down on energy and hydration and took one of the gel I kept in my back pocket. But the stop by unpublished Co-Line factory is a happy surprise. The workers set up free water stop and bathroom there, gave us friendly introduction of the products and operations. I also rode down to their beautiful lake side and sat a while by their metal palm tree beach.
Back into Sully, somehow the route didn’t lead me onto where the vendors were but the exit of the town. I was too lazy to go back. Now I was so overwhelmed by my hungry. I rode as fast as I could to Mr. Pork Chops and finished a chop very fast and then the first Iowa Craft Beer tent. I knew where they were from the first pass. With a big pork chop and a cold beer in my stomach, I was then a happier rider.
After the loop with a short meet with my group and team bus and Montzuma and the stop at the second Iowa Craft Beer tent, I finished the century day in a good mood. By the way, the total distance of the day is 113 miles for me because the host families at Newton and Sigourney are both outside of the towns.