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Just for the “L” of it:
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Two music favorites: 1) The “music man” (sorry didn’t get a name) – the guy with curly hair and red Converse All Stars pulling the trailer beating out a wonderful mix of jazz, blues, and more. 2) Loud Mouth Brass – at a roadside stop was so peppy I didn’t want to leave.
Oh yes, and a runner-up, the bag pipes trolling the Main Campground in Emmetsburg.
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I agree – the local foods were hard to find. But, they were there with smaller modest (humble?) tables among the crowds.
GOAT weather and road conditions for a Century ride – YES!
What time do the bars close? Maybe it will cool off by then.
If stranded, go wheels up, thumb out. You’re gonna hafta SAG.
Not sure of time, but am planning to start in the dark with head/tail lights and watch the sunrise while riding.
Nope. Oh but wait, we were blessed in 2016 after we camped in a baseball field and the locals opened the concession stand for coffee, orange juice, and doughnuts in the morning.
Try peopleforbikes.org, or https://www.ridespot.org/rides/666454. Consider printing your own daily route maps on card stock in a size that works best for you. Personally, I like large route maps because I often scribble notes before and during the ride.
Good vibes: I’m seeing many of the charter services are SOLD OUT! It’s gonna be big so better get started early – beat the heat, the crowd, and the line at the kybos!
And, its all downhill from here!
My team’s packets shipped from Des Moines on June 15 and arrived June 18. Made me feel like a 10-year old waiting on Santa Claus. We’re counting the days!
Or, wake up and say: “Where am I? What day is it? Where’s the coffee? Oh well, I guess I’ll follow the bikes.”
The best tent sites will be on grass (usually sports fields) . You will want to wisely select your site for evening shade (equals early sun) and good drainage in case of rain. I cannot imagine sleeping isolated in a parking lot for 7 nights in a row. Also, while camping amongst the many tents you’ll meet many people.
I can only trust that Day 4 didn’t take all of the inspection team’s energy.