I've got a really good feeling about Team CoeBRAI 2009 after tonight's carbo load and pre-load. I'm excited about the relationships that will be rekindled and the new friendships established in the week ahead.
We loaded 20 of 27 bikes and I didn't even break a sweat. It didn't hurt that it was cool like a fall football Saturday.
Tomorrow, we finish loading and hit the road to Council Bluffs by 10 a.m. In Council Bluffs we'll be staying with 2006 Coe graduate Wyatt Yates.
Unfortunately, we're down to 34 full-time riders due to a last-minute cancellation. Phil Haynes, a 1983 Coe graduate from Lewisburg, PA, had to cancel because his mother is hospitalized. He had hoped she would improve so that he could join us for at least part of the ride, but that didn't pan out.
Tomorrow's forecast in Council Bluffs calls for sunny skies and 76 degrees. The overnight low will be a crisp 50 degrees. (What ever happened to summer?)
Sunday's forecast in Red Oak calls for sun and 79 degrees with a low of 58.
Monday's forecast in Greenfield calls for mostly cloudy and 79 with a low of 62.
Tuesday's forecast in Indianola calls for scattered thunderstorms and 76 with a low of 60.
Wednesday's forecast in Chariton calls for partly cloudy and 81 with a low of 63.
Thursday's forecast in Ottumwa calls for mostly sunny and 84 with a low of 66.
Friday's forecast in Mount Pleasant calls for scattered thunderstorms and 86 with a low of 67.
Saturday's forecast in Burlington calls for scattered thunderstorms and 83.
These forecasts are provided by weather.com, which is far more accurate than any TV meteorologist. If this pans out, I bet this is the coolest RAGBRAI on record.