Lonnie & all,
I'd be interested in a ride to Cornell if it could be Sunday afternoon (5/20). If that's not preferred by others, no biggie; but I'd rather ride in a pack to those badlands...
Although the RAGBRAI site suggests training 650 miles in advance of the ride, I'm setting a goal of 500 miles. (I'm at 103 miles right now.) I did the Hiawatha-Center Point (26 miles) ride again on Monday night, in 2 hours, 8 minutes. I'm not racing anyone, but want to keep track of my own fitness by doing a limited amount of timing on identical routes. According to http://www.cedarvalleytrail.com/calorie_counter.html, I burned 1820 calories(!) - a bit hard to believe, but that's what the website said.
I'm a little worried about not doing any hills so far, but will start looking for them in June. I am currently planning to do Hiawatha to Brandon (54 miles roundtrip) on June 16, ideally starting at 9am, and being done no later than 4pm, averaging just under 10 mph while riding, and taking up to 90 minutes for lunch! I'd welcome company for that.
All for now; it's good to hear from folks everywhere, too. I really like that Coehawk icon, too, on the main page of this blog - and hope you work that more prominently into next years' jersey!