My guess is the same overnight towns as year 1 (Sioux City, Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Ames, Des Moines, Williamsburg, and Davenport. Des Moines overnight at Water Works Park at the founders statue. Off day in Des Moines to see the sights and to make it a seven day event rather than the original six days. Big name act in Des Moines night 1.
I got 27.8 for the full loop with 17 being gravel that is very close on the quoted elevation. I also had difficulties determining the last part of the loop that connects back to the main route and made my choice based on interpretation. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29246457
I also guessed five (Atlantic, Winterset, Indianola, Fairfield, Keokuk) and have neither heard nor received a message. Fine print in the rules said one could request a list of winners via the mail on or after February 10th. Perhaps so many people entered and guessed five that it’s become an administrative nightmare to finalize the contest.…[Read more]
Was a winner every announced? I saw in the rules that February 10th was the date one could request a list of the winners but I never saw a posting. Having picked five of the towns, I know my chances are slim but one never knows.
It’s easier and runs smoother than you’d expect. This will be the 47th year, so the machine is well worn in and runs amazingly well. There are lines and you will wait but eventually you’ll be at the front. I don’t advise riding ahead to beat the group, as many of the amenities you’ve mentioned roll with the masses each day to the next town.
Great writeup for Padre’s. Unfortunately for those who haven’t signed up with them already, their page says they are sold out. I’ve used Bubba’s for the last four years and most of the Padre amenities are also available with Bubba. Smaller footprint than PBV and the service has been good.
“We don’t have an official route from Onawa to the river. The Missouri River is approx 6 miles away. We are bringing the river to Onawa! We will have a water truck our local fire department will fill with Missouri River water to drive thru before leaving town. Highway 175 from Onawa to Decatur, NE will b…[Read more]