I just leave all the bike bands on my bike. I have had people take photos the bands on my top tube. Alternatively, wearing RAGBRAI merchandise or having a “RAGBRI” auto license plate creates many unexpected fun conversations in this state to the east. No body ink required.
Although I drove in a hurry to the health club, found the closest parking space and took the escalator to the second floor to use the treadmill & stair climber, I am somehow still a day late to post this comment. Maybe I should have taken my bike for a ride and stopped at a bar instead.
My XXIX route map from 2001 has a 20.6 mile “John Karras Loop” on 148/G35/N28 near Anita as part of Wednesdays 83.8 mile route from Atlantic to Perry.
XXVIII in 2000 had a “Enard-Orient Century Loop” on P33/G61/25 as the 84.9 mile route route departed Greenfield on Tuesday toward Ankeny.
That out-and-back was on XXIII in 1995. It was called “The Conrad Spur” from Beaman to Conrad (6 miles each way) on a Wednesday route that was already 98 miles from Iowa Falls To Tama/Toledo. They had a pile of dirt in the middle of an intersection in Conrad and riders were given souvenir plastic bags filled with dirt. The official ride maps…[Read more]
I don’t think century patches were available on the loop back then. Maybe they were available for purchase at the trailers. Those were the Greenie days. . . . . .
Will have to ask my brother Darrel for verification.
I also recall the out-and-back century leg to the black dirt capital in those days.
Gotta dig out my old maps . . . . . .