I know I am. With 16 days to go, everything seems to be falling into place. The bike shop called Tuesday to let us know that our tune-ups had been completed (three days shy of the two-week estimate), so Zach and I have been making up for lost time. The heat wave we're now experiencing seems to be an ideal training opportunity under RAGBRAI-esque conditions.
We did lose one week-long rider -- poor Steve Fisher from Chicago injured his knee training in southern Wisconsin -- but I was able to sell his pass to a fellow from Dubuque. We look forward to Steve joining us next year and wish him well with his rehabilitation.
Detailed maps have now been posted on the RAGBRAI Web site, so I'll be able to provide you with turn-by-turn directions to our hosts in each overnight town.
Here's a brief itinerary (please commit to memory or write it in your planner):
6 p.m. Friday, July 20 -- free pasta dinner in the Coe cafeteria.
10 a.m. Saturday, July 21 -- depart Eby Fieldhouse for Rock Rapids.
Sunday, July 22 -- bike 75.7 miles to Spencer.
Monday, July 23 -- bike 77.4 miles to Humboldt (OFFICIAL COE JERSEY DAY); Karras Loop option for those wanting a 100-mile day; lunch with Brady Krischel '07 in Havelock.
Tuesday, July 24 -- bike 71.1 miles to Hampton; dinner provided by hosts Tess and Henry Wieck, parents of Joe Wieck '04.
Wednesday, July 25 -- bike 68.2 miles to Cedar Falls; dinner provided by Coe Alumni Office; Blues Traveler concert at the UNI-Dome.
Thursday, July 26 -- bike 62.9 miles to Independence (OFFICIAL COE JERSEY DAY); dinner provided by host Mary Ohl from the Coe Admission Office; kickball showdown with Team Knight Riders from Wartburg College.
Friday, July 27 -- bike 64.7 miles to Dyersville.
Saturday, July 28 -- bike 56.6 miles to Bellevue (OFFICIAL COE JERSEY DAY); return to Coe by approximately 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 -- sleep like a baby.