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The beer at the house outside of the lake before Coralville wasn’t free, at least not at 5pm.
The bar in Tiffin had a pretty sweet setup for being an off-route.
There are sections of it up to 19%.
AT&T stinks in rural parts of Iowa. Verizon is generally good, but once you add 1000’s of people, it starts to not work so well too, which is why in the overnights they brought in the COW trucks to make things better.
While you probably had a few mega trailers come blasting by with the sound more familiar to a wrong turn into the hood, most of the bagged systems you saw are called CycleSound which looks up easy enough on Google. I believe they are a bikeiowa.com sponsor as well.
We were rolling into Altoona and Papa T was riding back out. I yelled out the window, but I am not sure you heard me.
Except sometimes you shower up and it is still 100 degrees and you sweat and stink till dark, then go to bed to wake up in a pool of sweat (Altoona). But it is nice to get the salt off. Showers are easy to find, but the quality varies as noted.
There are going to be mean people everywhere. The situation with the trucker is bit disturbing to say the least. That driver will now forever think any cyclist is the scum of the earth, rightfully so. The most unfortunete part of that is, he drives a great big vehicle for a living every day on the roads that we like to ride. This must be why the phase “the sun was in my eyes” always works. There were certainly a lot of the cars on the route this year. Some of them have no choice, such as a semi I saw full of little pigs. Some of them had no place being there as I found the same cars in the towns. They were basically personal sags driving the bike route.
What about the person that didn’t get a wristband because it was too late by the time they found out they could ride, or they did not get picked in the lottery (did it fill this year?) but they still came and dumped 100’s of dollars with the locals?
You have to grab them from each towns individual websites, and some are better than others.
You might get a lucky cancellation, but typically they all book up within a few hours of the route annoucement. Camping works best.
There is no chance of securing a hotel in most towns as they won’t even have them. The exception will be Coralville, and Altoona, but even there, any hotel near the route will be booked. As far as homestays, anyone interested in offering them home up did so much earlier.
It appears they have recognized some of the issues and made the few last minute changes that they could:
Somebody must know something here.
The busses have bike racks.