I forgot about the town with the train coming through it every two hours or so at night blaring it’s horn. I think it was Onawa. Reminded me of my college days when I lived near a train track. The sound of the train then was rather soothing, but then it wasn’t traveling at 90 mph.
I witnessed one admonishment, a racer type went by this middle…[Read more]
Jerks on the road? Un-possible… just something everyone deals with.
The first night I had ear plugs in because I’m a light sleeper and everyone warned me about the campground noise, after that night I never used them. I must of been very lucky in my choice of tent spots. I only woke up during the night two times during the entire week, once…[Read more]
Check with the ambulance service that transported you and local law enforcement that covered the scene. For an accident in a town it would be the towns police department (PD) or Sheriff department – if the town doesn’t have a PD. Accident in the county could be Sheriff department or State Troopers, State Troopers if accident occurred on a State…[Read more]
Stopped at Letche’s bike shop booth on the second to last day to pick up a spare tube. Chatting with a mechanic there, he said the weather for the entire week was by far the best week of weather for the 19 years he’s been wrenching at RAGBRAI. Truly a blessed week of weather for all.
Driving into work today heard the weather guy on the radio state that we are in for a series of Canadian highs, one after the other. He said it’s shaping up to be an exceptionally nice week of weather for RAGBRAI riders. Dry, cool nights, warm but not hot days with low humidity. All that clean living is finally paying off for…[Read more]
For me proper sleep is very important so I’m taking a self inflating sleeping pad, a fleece sleeping bag, a fleece throw type blanket, and my regular pillow. It all adds up to some bulk, but not much weight. The fleece stuff is surprisingly warm. I’ll also pack a sweat shirt, a knit beanie type cap, and pajama pants. I prefer sleeping in a…[Read more]
My plan, after Ledges State Park instead of taking the left (east) on E57 into Luther, take a right (west). Ride to the intersection with R26 take a left (south) to Woodward. High Trestle Trail it to Slater, then head north on R38 into Ames.
Follow up report. I used the cost of the Scheel’s branded bike shorts towards a purchase of a pair of Pearl Izumi Attack (PIA) bike shorts. The PIA shorts cost twice as much as the Scheel’s branded shorts, but they are more than double in quality; really a night and day difference in fit, feel, and performance. And still no hind quarter…[Read more]
FWIW I picked up Lightspeed self inflating pad at the local Costco this past weekend for a very reasonable price. Dimensions are 75.2″ x 25.4″ x 2″. Instructions said to let the pad self-inflate for 24 hours as the thing looked to be vacuumed packed. I was skeptical at first – based on the price, but after 24 hours and few puffs to firm it up…[Read more]
Jetboil camp stove. Produces oodles of boiling water in minutes. I plan on bringing mine just to make coffee in morning and tea at night. Something about watching the sunrise while sipping a hot, fresh cup of coffee gets my day started on good note.
Should I pack a small 4 legged camp stool? I have this smallish Cabela’s 4 legged camp stool. It’s fairly comfortable, but the only thing I can see me using it for is sitting down to put on or take off my shoes, or as a small table in the tent.
Biked 25 fast, fairly flat miles Friday evening and 70 hilly miles on Saturday. Wore the Scheels branded padded biking shorts and Chamois Butter. No chafing or backside discomfort to speak of during the ride or after. I could tell I’d been riding a bike, but really no worse for wear than if I sat in my chair at the office. Wish I could say the…[Read more]