I thought the ambulance company / paramedics stated the number of calls they responded to at the Ride Right / Team meeting in Feb. And x number were alcohol related, x number rider vs road, etc…But I haven’t gone the last couple of years.
12 bonus miles the last day? I believe that. we thought we were doing good, 30 to go, 4 hours to do it leaving West Point, average 10 mph on the bike for the last half and have an hour for stops. Somewhere that extra hour disappeared, made pretty good time on the SE leg but barely made it to our meeting spot on time.
getting out of CB was this year was an easy route, the Loess Hills (west and SW corner)can be much worse. also if you get up NE around Decorah in “Little Switzerland” it can get hilly. Really, anyplace on the Iowa map where the nice road grid is broken up by squiggly roads usually means hills. Potters Hill was a walker for a lot, Mockingbird Hill…[Read more]
More “salmon” (people riding out against traffic)
More bad roads (All the spring rain may have put repairs behind or shifted priorities),
Winterset to Indianola to short (Winterset – Knoxville – Centerville maybe to even out the miles a bit)
The Punching Pandas may have been the best local group of the week (Norwalk. seemed to be more dj’s than…[Read more]
I would increase the bike stuff to X3 and cut the other clothing in half. What about shoes? a pair of bike shoes and a pair of flip-flops? I would buy energy bars as needed. It can get really hot in the bags sitting out in a pile in the sun. They might get to be a gooey melted mess. You have clothes pins, include some line that can be used as…[Read more]
the current forecast for central Iowa shows the heat peaking this Thursday or Friday at 96-97, Dropping off to around 90 Sunday and Monday. and the lows dropping from 78 to 71. Of course, they could change all that yet.
They set that time based on 10 miles from overight town. So 20 miles out would be 4:00. And yes, thsts when the highway patrol will shut down the beer garden. Vendors will close up, and the sag wagon will leave for the final time. If it’s a really brutal day they might bring in more sag vehicals and extend that time.
Yale to Springbrook. Down Mockingbird Hill, Dont think i have ever gone up the west side. The M&M divide isn’t as bad as it used to be. Unless you want to take the old road up to the old site. Used to have relatives on 44 near Exira. Skyview Ranch I think it was called.
Route arrows will still be up, some florescent color background. 1 color with black arrow says bikes, a different color says vehicles. But chances are there will be some other bikes still heading out. The closing time is when the last sag wagon pickup is and vendors shut down.
The sag wagons kind of space themselves out starting at different times. If you need likexwas said turn it upside down on the left side of the road. If they fill up they head to the overnight and unload and go back out. Sometimes bikes will get flagged for pick up later.
parks are often reserved for larger teams too. If another group is there ask if you can share their space. Someone there should have a pretty good idea of how many are still out and how much space will be left. Usually a driver if one is around.
Sure, overpack at home. Then walk around the block while pushing your bike. When you get home reassess your packing. How much do I really need.
I take 3 off bike shirts, the technical wicking kind. 1 long sleeve, 1 short, 1 sleeveless. 3 pairs of shorts enough for me. Rainjacket, 2 pair of socks in case it gets that cool. Arm warmers, leg…[Read more]
44 has some good hills on it and you will have 20 miles of nothing. Could take the road south out of Oanora to Stuart. Doing the 330 and HOINT from Marshalltown? Could head south at Slater and go out to Redfield on the trails. If they are not still flooded in Des Moines.
The non rider wristband will get the people into the bands and such at night. Also on the shuttles on towns, the vendor discounts, etc. And if they want to meet up in the meeting town beverage garden, usually where the entertainment is.