The main campgrounds have always been land grab. In our early team days, we had someone going to the next town at 5:00 to reserve our spot. We still had trouble in some places. The key was know how much space you needed and not exaggerating. If I was setting up and someone told me it was “reserved” and not marked, they could set up around…[Read more]
After the route announcement, I don’t even really look at the map. I’m going to ride until we get to the end anyway. I go out of my way to support the people who come out TO SUPPORT US. It’s the support of the great people of Iowa who make the ride what it is. Name another ride where people set up on the side of a gravel road selling water and…[Read more]
I’ll admit we cheated. Spent Friday night at a house in West Point. I really wanted to see the Spazmatics. My understanding is we really didn’t miss much on the round trip. I’m sure I’ll feel guilty and make it up later since I live in Quincy and make it up to Burlington a couple times a month.
The two girls I rescued that someone was charging $200 to be taken from Keokuk to Quincy. They shipped their bikes so it was only them and their luggage. I let them sleep at my place instead of getting a hotel, and only charged them a pizza.
When we had teams pulling big stereos, we had a lot of good music on the route. Now that anyone can go to Walmart and get a blutooth speaker for their water bottle holder, 90% of it is crap. Electronic dance beats, completely unknown crap, or something where every other word is a f word or ethnic slur. Bring back the spoolers any day.
Fat tire bikes almost disappeared on this years route. Two wheel recumbents were also very few and far between. The bumpy roads were a real pain. I understand flooding and winters have destroyed what were perfectly fine roads a couple years ago.
Fewer pass through towns went out of their way for us. I didn’t see towns overwhelmed like some of…[Read more]
I rode a metric that got up to 95 degrees today (it wasn’t supposed to be that hot). We had to ride 4 miles on a melting blacktop into a headwind. Heat sucks and hopefully we’ll spend most of the time on concrete. It was like riding thru pudding with a hair dryer in your face. We had a beautiful Spring, but Summer has arrived with a vengeance.
I bring a fleece bag and a sheet. Sleep on the bag with the sheet, use the bag as a blanket, use the bag itself, or if it gets cold, use the sheet as a liner in the bag. I guess if it really gets cold, I could put on some more clothes.
I like a straight rain coat opposed to the water resistant jacket. You still get wet, but not as fast and it dries quicker. I only carry it on days with 100% chance of rain. I throw a couple trash bags in the bag (1 to use, 1 to give away). They weigh nothing and come in handy when you don’t expect it. You can also tuck them under your seat…[Read more]
I vote for the gravel bike. Leave the high end stuff at home if you have any worries about it. My guess is that if you own both a high end bike and a gravel bike, riding will not be an issue for you. It’s a ride, not a race. There is no prize for getting to the finish line first.