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 . . . . . .
Local Restaurant was offering a free roll of toilet paper with every $30 carryout purchase.
That is in addition to their Sunday “Brunch in a Box” with Mimosas to-go.
I have yet to see a Bloody Mary carryout special.
No need for second pair of riding shoes “just in case of rain”.
After a storm passes during your riding day (storms usually pass after a hour or two), take off your shoes in a pass-through town and hang out in the sun while you enjoy food & beverage. Many bring flip-flop sandals. Others just ride with SPD Bike Sandals. Just DON’T ride with the…[Read more]