Team CoeBRAI came chuggin' into Boone on a gloriously fast and flat track from Carroll. Several riders took advantage of the opportunity for a century by adding the optional Karras Loop to an otherwise 71-mile day. All had to ascend Twister hill -- from the movie of the same name -- outside Pilot Mound.
Patches and buttons offered as rewards paled as prizes compared to the lasagne dinner prepared by our host Kathy Workman, mother of CoeBRAI driver and Coe Sports Information Director Ryan Workman. More hot and sunny weather greeted the great bike ride across Iowa as we avoided precipitation for yet another day.
The longest ride of the week is followed immediately by the shortest as the route to Altoona covers "only" 56 miles. With "just" 1,147 feet of climb, it should be a nice stretcher as we pass Interstate 35 -- the traditional midpoint of RAGBRAI -- and continue our pursuit of the Mississippi River.
Our Altoona hosts are Coe parents Doug and Darla Keast who, with their kids, are biking across Iowa as well. It'll be interesting to see how they pull that one off, knowing all the logistical planning required for a successful journey.