Thursday, April 30, 2009

We're in!

Anyone else get a similar e-mail tonight?


your wristband number is:
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We're in folks! Now we get serious.

I have loads of information to pass along, but not until everyone informs me of their jersey size and style. A little over half have responded.

Monday, April 27, 2009

By popular demand: Barenaked Ladies!

You asked for it, John Bowlin, and RAGBRAI delivered. That's right, big guy. Your virgin voyage was nudity free, except for when you dangled on the fence at the pool in Missouri Valley. For 2009, RAGBRAI presents the Barenaked Ladies!

RAGBRAI participants are eligible to purchase a special all-weekend pass (to the sixth annual Mid-America Ribfest), which includes the Barenaked Ladies concert for only $10.

Barenaked Ladies were founded in 1988 and hail from Toronto. In their 20-year
existence they have recorded 10 studio albums, a live album, released a greatest hitspackage and sold more than 14 million albums. The band has carved a niche amongst
music fans with such classic songs as “One Week,” “Pinch Me” and “If I Had

The band is a favorite of Buffalo native and CoeBRAI champion Tom Hicks. I'm also a fan and consider this a vast improvement over last year's Mr. Roboto. That it opens the ride is an interesting twist, but we'll manage, I'm sure.

The concert is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on the eve or our 53-mile trek to Red Oak. In Council Bluffs, we'll be staying with Wyatt Yates, a 2006 graduate and alumni of the #4 wrestling team in the Division 3 nation. This will be a fun start!

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Pools of RAGBRAI: 2009 Edition

Some of you asked for it, all of you get it. The pools on the 2009 RAGBRAI route have been plotted and ready to share with the world. Whether you're training for a triathlon (Katy), need a break from the sweltering heat, or want to find a way to "wash up" along the route cool pools of clear water can be the solution to many of your week-on-a-bike needs. Two of the benefits of wearing lycra for seven straight days is that it can double as a swimming suit and it dries quickly on the bike.
The pools are few and far between this year as might be expected but their rarity will afford them an almost oasis-like quality when you find one. In order to plan ahead, click on the picture above or on this link:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ride with Lonnie

Vacation day #2 and I logged a measly 2.6 miles (winds gusting to 50 mph at my back) home from the auto shop. I didn't get to ride with Phil on a windy and cold day that wasn't conducive to such pursuits anyway.

But the immediate future looks promising, and I'm going for it. If anyone wants to tag along, you're welcome.

Wednesday, 4/22 - noon to 2 p.m. departing from Coe. Sunny with temps rising from 58 to 62 and northwest winds at 15 mph. 25 miles.

Thursday, 4/23 - 4-6 p.m. departing from Ely with the boys. $2 Fat Tire special at the local pub. Partly cloudy with temps in the mid 70s and southeast winds at 20 mph. Distance to be determined.

Friday, 4/24 - noon ride departing from Clark Racquet Center on Coe's campus for as long as you can. Hopefully, I won't blow a tube this time. Isolated thunder storms and wind with a forecast high of 84! 10-20 miles, depending on your work status.

Saturday, 4/25 - if you happen to be in Sioux City, I'm planning a 10-12 a.m. ride before Zach's double-header. A few showers and a high of 59.

Sunday, 4/26 - back at home, I'll bike to Zach's games in Central City. 2-3 p.m. outbound. I won't make the round trip. Thunder showers and 69 in the forecast.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Where's Phil?

Sutton, Nebraska according to his Web site. It's his third of five nights in Nebraska, which sounds painful. He'll only spend four nights in Iowa -- Sunday in Atlantic, Monday in Des Moines, Tuesday in Iowa City and Wednesday in Davenport. Details are lacking, but it now seems he'll leave Iowa City Wednesday morning. Since GNC is sponsoring the ride, I'm guessing Coral Ridge Mall or the Old Capital Center. I have the luxury of being on vacation, but if anyone else is available I would love some company.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Friday ride is on

With a forecast high temperature of 70, our Friday noon ride is on this week. Anyone interested and available should meet at Clark Racquet Center at noon. We'll ride from there to and from the trail for about an hour.

Also, if anyone wants to join me riding with Phil Koeghan from the Amazing Race, let me know. I believe I had my dates wrong and he'll actually be riding out of Iowa City on Tuesday, April 21. I would love to have company on the early morning drive to Iowa City.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Amazing Ride?

It's long past time for an update here and, since no one else has taken the leap, you get me again. If you haven't heard, Phil Koeghan from the Amazing Race is biking across the country to raise money for MS. He's scheduled to ride from Des Moines to Iowa City on Tuesday, April 21, and from Iowa City to Davenport on Wednesday, April 22. See the Web site for free registration info. Weather permitting, I'm tempted to escort him out of Iowa City.

Also, Friday noon rides from Clark Racquet Center at Coe will begin soon. The ride is on if the projected daytime high is 60 degrees and there's no precipitation at the time. We've also been invited to join the Lizard Kings on their Thursday night rides.

They usually leave Sammy's about 6:30 p.m. Thursday evenings and ride to The Red Frog and then to Jersey's and back down to the Chrome Horse. Some people make an evening of it. Others just meet and ride.

Saturday June 6 is the Miller Rock and Ride. I'll be out of town for a wedding, but it starts at the Chrome Horse. More info can be found on Bike Iowa at: