Yes, the railroad tracks in Mystic were harsh. There was a patrol car sitting off to the right, but there were no signs or officers telling us to slow. I hate to lose my momentum, so I hit it full bore. I got a real jolt, but stayed upright. I think it must have loosened my headlight, though, because when I got into Centerville my light fell…[Read more]
Haven’t trained as much this year as last. Should still do OK, but may have to ride slower.
One of my discouragements was a mechanical. I kept hearing a hollow clicking like the bike was on the verge of shifting, but I couldn’t find the cause. It got so I didn’t want to ride. I now have it narrowed to my rear hub, so I will have to open it…[Read more]
I have found that Ride with GPS underestimates grades. Test with a hill you know and see if it agrees. I have also found that mapping a short area can give a steeper grade for a particular hill than when mapping a whole route.
By the way, I used Ride with GPS for quite a while before I found the grade. I think you have to click on the word…[Read more]
Does anyone know what changed with the dip site in Council Bluffs? I thought that the dip site was going to be at Harrah’s Casino. Now the CB map shows a site East of the Mid America Center. If there has been flooding, couldn’t we ride to the edge of the water?
I’m thinking I could stop on my drive to Iowa to do the dip at Harrah’s on Friday.…[Read more]
I have a suggestion I don’t think has been posted yet. Specially on hot days, try to breathe through your nose and keep your mouth closed. I know it is hard to do, specially when climbing, but more water evaporates if you have your mouth open. I think that that amount of water would cool more through sweat. It seams to work for me, and my…[Read more]
Yes, 2012 had temps above 100° three days in a row. Century day I started at 0430 to beat the heat, and some of the wind. For me the wind hit just before I entered the Karras loop. I normally ride 20 mph on the flats, but due to the wind I struggled to get 14 mph. Beekman’s root beer float was never more appreciated.
Fortunately, I am used to…[Read more]
Could anyone explain the difference? I see from another posting that there will be pies sold at the same spot that Mr Pork Chop will be. This will be between Neola and Minden. How is that a safer spot than the Craft Beer Tent setup?
Why can’t the Beer Tent set up at the same place? I don’t drink, but I would think beer and chops would go together.
The differences on day six and seven don’t make much sense to me. I can only guess that day six may or may not bypass Geode State Park. Day seven may just be different start / stop points in the towns. You got me. I will just roll with it. (pun incidental)
Variations I see could be due to the route changes on day one and day three. In some places they have the original distance and elevation gain, where others they have the new data. I also agree with Ride Spot for the distance on day four. The official distance with the Karras loop is 116 miles, where I calculate 120.
I agree with Miss C. Last year when Monona county confined sales to towns I didn’t stop until Charter Oak. That is in Crawford county. I don’t drink beer, so the Iowa Craft Beer limitations don’t affect me. The principal of unreasonable restrictions for vendors, though, still upsets me. I will check the maps and see if I can avoid spending…[Read more]
Interesting, but I think it is a mistake. I suspect someone at Ride Spot thought it was to be a hundred miles and made it fit. I will be doing the loop unless I hear a more official source say it’s an optional section.
I had to SAG in 2015. The Register has four SUV / trailer combinations to pick up those in trouble. The trailers are sturdy looking tray types that fit multiple sizes of bikes. They resemble the Thule racks that hold up to 60 pounds per tray. I think the trailers hold 15 to twenty bikes. The signal that you want SAG support is to turn your…[Read more]
Looking at Google Maps, you could ride about seven miles on 44 from Panora to Guthrie Center. From there you can head NNW on 1st street which becomes 215 rd. Then go North on F70 (also marked N32 and 190th rd). This becomes N32 or F32 which takes you to Audubon. The T-Bone Trail takes you from Audubon to Hamlin. Have no idea of traffic, but…[Read more]
Let me see; posting an outlandish list, asking for thoughts about it, then denying asking for advice, claiming the list is to help riders, then not caring if it confuses beginners. Just trying to get a rise out of others. Sounds like a troll to me!
Only one thing I can add to the great advice above. You can actually ride a bike one footed if you clip-in that foot. 400 miles one footed would be a feat. (pun intended) Instead you could pedal more with the clipped-in foot and baby your injured foot. Mentioned above was the possible pain in clipping out your injured foot. So, you…[Read more]