Team Defcon5 is a 3 generation small family team. We have a good time within the boundaries of having young teenagers. We are not teetotalers.
Our bus has a roof bike rack for about 16 bikes. The bus is considered to be an RV as it sleeps up to 10 (5 bunks are claimed). Preference for bunks is given to week-long riders. There is an on board microwave and coffee pot. Coolers are provided. There is a working shower with solar heated stored water and a restroom. NO poo on the bus! With electrical hookup or generator, we have AC and electronics charging.
Riders are provided a tote for personal items and a “carry on.” Plenty of storage is available for those who prefer camping. We are currently working on housing requests. Overnight hosts have been secured for Winterset and Indianola. If we are unable to secure a host, our support driver(s) will get us space in the campgrounds.
All riders meet where the bus is stored, on a farm just outside of Perry, IA on Saturday, July, 20th. Transportation is then provided from there to the start, along the route, and from the finish. There is plenty of space available to leave rider vehicles for the week. If you are a partial week rider, you are responsible to get to and from where the bus is located.
We will have a group text to communicate with our support people, to riders about the location of the bus, or for riders to communicate with the group for any needs. We are planning for the support team to be available at the meeting town if anyone needs to sag the rest of the ride or jump on to finish the day. When that window of time has passed, they will head to the next overnight location to get set up. Riders are responsible for setting up, tearing down, and packing up personal items.
Rider fees cover the costs of the bus, hosting fees, and snacks and beverages. We have a request system in place. If you forgot something or want to request snacks or beverages, let us know and our support team will have those things available to you, when you arrive at the next overnight. Riders are responsible for daily meals. Breakfast items will be available before you disembark (bananas, OJ, milk, etc.)
If you are looking for support, please respond to this post or email us at TeamDefcon5@gmail.com.