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]
Unfortunately, some if the big town hosts spend big money to try to make a big impression and end up charging BIG prices for virtually everything. My biggest 2019 memory was the prices in Council Bluffs.
The Council Bluffs camp locations for charters were also quite memorable. I fully understand that many towns along the Missouri and Mississippi…[Read more]
Last time I recall such a classic t-shirt was XXX/2002 (all maps on back) – “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Cycling” back when the DMR was part of the Tribune Company. Not sure which bike shop I bought it from as the shirt only states “Used with permission”