Cyclone – HOW DO YOU REMEMBER ALL THAT? This will be my eighteenth year and I can’t keep the over nights straight. I don’t doubt you for a second though. I have an Iowa map in Google Earth with all of my trips shown so I know when we’ve been where and I certainly remember lots of the camping spots but as for the names of the towns that go with…[Read more]
Strobe flashes are known to cause seizures but surely the slow flash of a light will not cause one. I will continue to use mine in flash mode as I WANT to be seen. If you drive over a hill and the sun is in your eyes you don’t ask the sun to move and you don’t complain to the highway department to move the road…you don’t look at it.
I’ve also been thinking of how to minimize my Covid risk at the indoor sleeping sites – I’m going to sleep outside in my tent. Can’t wait….see you in a couple weeks. FYI if you haven’t seen and listened to the Elders yet don’t miss Friday.
direwolf, you and your clan are yet another reason why I like this ride. If you want to get up with the farmers and have the road to yourself and get to the next overnight town by 11:00, you can. If you want to get up at 10:00 and hit every bar all day and get in after dark, you can. If you have a family, or an e-bike, (yes an e-bike), or a…[Read more]
GP in SD: I was originally on the fence about e-bikes and I put a lot of thought into the topic and, long story short, you are the reason, and inspiration, that I believe e-bikes are ok and should be welcomed anywhere bikes are allowed. I don’t want to be the guy that prevents you from continuing to enjoy your passion due to circumstances far…[Read more]
A few years ago my sister and I rode 40 miles round trip to a dip site on Saturday. I think it was in Onawa and we went south quite a few miles and then west to the boat ramp. There ended up being a small campground there with a mom and pop diner. We ate first breakfast with another couple riders that we met there. For me, the purpose of going on…[Read more]
Speaking of crime, as I was waiting at the Pork Belly staging area last year in Clinton I was told about a local that asked a biker if “that bike over by the tent was his?” When the local heard that it was not he walked over to it AND RODE IT AWAY. I don’t mean to bad mouth Clinton in any way but there are bad apples out there.
I am also of the don’t bother locking my bike camp with one caveat. I think that the majority of the (very, very few) bikes taken are by townie joy-riders that are looking for a quick adrenaline rush. That said, with all of the bikes laying around, just don’t be the easiest one to take. ie. in the middle of the campground you’re safe laying the…[Read more]
Welcome to the carnival. In my experience you’ll either be one and done or a lifer and it sounds to me like you’re in the latter category. Pork Belly has a couple of philosophies that I’ve always liked. One is that you will have a bad day. Expect it, embrace it, and roll with it. The other one is that a bad day becomes a good story some day.…[Read more]
The food venders are independent and really, so are you so unless you want to get tackled as you try to walk away without paying, you should plan on paying them. It’s cash and carry. To make it go smoothly please consider paying with cash instead of credit and use smaller bills. There will always be a line of people behind you waiting to pay…[Read more]
I know that this is a bit off topic but you made me remember this moment from a number of years ago and it still makes me smile when I think of it.
Somewhere in the middle of the day I rode up behind a Dad with his young son in a bikeseat, (with helmet), right behind him. I don’t know his age but he was pretty young and during the entire time it…[Read more]
Jeff, you are absolutely correct. I think someone should speak to the Register in a stern tone of voice and maybe even wag a finger in their face. Clearly they don’t understand that this is all about you. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Thanks jelly, I agree. Where has the notion of personal responsibility gone?
Here’s another thought….is bicycling while intoxicated or bicycling under the influence against the law in Iowa? I don’t know. If it is, I would suggest that the definition of ‘under the influence’ is narrowly interpreted during the week. What if, and I’m just…[Read more]
Welcome to the rolling carnival! I use Pork Belly As a charter for the week and I always get to the start town on Friday. I love to see the carnival come to town on Saturday and feel the excitement build. Last year was my second start from LeMars and I did a radio interview with their radio host on Friday so you never know what fun might…[Read more]