I’ve noticed that the last few times I’ve been out there, the week has started off very warm. Hot in the sun. Then some rain comes around mid week and things start to cool off. Both of the last two years ended on the cool side.
Extended forecast (at THIS time) for this part of Iowa looks hot to start and humid most of the week. I bring a bed…[Read more]
I incurred a “Dancers Fracture” years ago twisting my foot running across the street. 5th Metatarsal Granted it wasn’t a full break. Hurt like an SOB when I did it but the pain subsided pretty quickly and healing took about 4-6 weeks. I’m thinking you should see some significant progress over the next few weeks and pain will reduce once…[Read more]
Last years Karris Loop day, from Newton to Sigourney, totaled 109.8 on my GPS. That’s from campground to campground. I want to say the previous years Karris loop actually came in around 106. So when you’re dealing with those kinds of miles, 116 doesn’t seem insurmountable. It’s a good distance for sure, but I don’t think it should intimidate or…[Read more]
Having done two RAGBRAI’s, I don’t consider myself a veteran near the likes of some of the “real” veterans that you’ll come across during your ride. They’re easy to spot because they always look like they’re having a great time, regardless of the circumstances. I learned that on my first day!
The other thing I learned is that in order to fully…[Read more]
Karris loop was mentioned as taking place on the day we ride from Inianola to Centerville. The day is already 78 miles so tacking on another 22 or so might not make much a difference to some riders. Hopefully more people end up with a patch.
Yea, I thought the same. People “peaced out” in Waukon back in 2017 since it was only about 15 miles from Lansing as the crow flies. The next day ride itself was about 45 miles and very hilly at the end.
I liked the license plates and yes, they were good conversation starters out under the Iowa sun among the cornfields. I met people from all over the country and had some enjoyable conversations to pass the time. Found some home town folks and riders from other countries. My problem was that mine didn’t seat properly on my own bike, and I need…[Read more]
Heads up; some charters do not allow “lashing” items onto the outside of bags, so you’re back on the road to two bags even if you do decide to take a charter. I used a charter last year and still completely over packed. (first timer, didn’t listen) I’m determined to get all my stuff to include tent, pad, and clothes in one bag this year. I ended…[Read more]
Ditto on the boomboxes. I learned real quick what a distraction they can be, dangerous at times since you can’t hear anyone coming up from behind. I got away from them as quickly as I could. And no “air horn”. A small “thumb bell” will do just fine!
I was a newbie last year. I made a lot of the mistakes you look to be making now. I swore when I got back that I would cut everything in half, to include the two bags I lugged around each morning. I brought a ton of clothes I never wore, sundry items I never opened, etc, etc. I have a lot of meaningful bike shirts I like to wear but besides…[Read more]
Pretty sure I remembered where I put my 2017 Karris loop patch but when I got back home, no luck. It’s the one thing that I lost in all the packing mix and I’m not too happy about it. My wife is putting a picture collage together of all my trip pics and other items and I’d sure like to have a Karris loop patch to add to the memories. I…[Read more]
Biggest problem getting out of Lansing was that, once I got back to my car in long term, I had to work around many bicyclists who were still riding 4 abreast as they rode back to their campers on the road westbound out of Lansing. This practice backed up cars for a long way and made it difficult to move cars, vans and RV’s to clear the roads and…[Read more]