Sorry I can't train with y'all
I am really looking forward to the ride this year. I was in the class of '77 and now have a nephew attending Coe. Jordon Gunn. A great deal has changed at Coe and the surrounding area (I hear the Maid Rite is gone) but there is a great deal that ties me back. One of the folks I ride with attended Coe a number of years before I did but we found that we had actually had the same dorm room. It really is a small world.
While I am out riding around Kentucky and Indiana but I regret not being able to train with the rest of the team. I grew up in Newton an did do some rides around there last year but probably won't get up to Iowa again until RAGBRAI. I will need lots of advice about what to bring (and not to bring) as I don't want to look like a Coe Freshman again with a U-haul backing up to the dorm.
I plan to ride the route this year on a bike that my father rode on RAGBRAI about 30 years ago. (Of course he was smarter than I am because he had all the gears on it and I have since turned it into a fixie.) I've only done 4 centuries this year and feel very out of shape (mostly because yesterday's ride had 8,000 feet of climbing) but think that I can be ready to go by July.
Is anyone else planning to do the Century loop on Tuesday? Count me in!
Please don't hold back on any advice on what to expect and how to prepare as I'm sure preparation is the key to a positive RAGBRAI experience. ie. Is $30 a day about right for food and extras?