Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Vacation itinerary

As the calendar turns to July, it’s time to get serious about this adventure called RAGBRAI.

We learn from the experience every year and you are the beneficiaries of six years of experience and a veteran support staff. My wife, Lisa, Coe SID Ryan Workman and 2006 Coe graduate Abby Masters return again this year to take care of all our off-bike needs.

Hosts have been secured in all seven overnight towns!

Here’s a quick rundown of the itinerary:

Friday, July 22 – 6 p.m. spaghetti dinner at Coe followed by loading of as many bikes as are ready to go. If you haven’t already, please let me know whether or not you will be attending and if you’ll be bringing guests. I need to get a somewhat accurate head count to Sodexo. This is where you will receive your rider packets, including wrist and bike bands, CoeBRAI jersey and route maps, including turn by turn directions to our overnight accommodations.

Saturday, July 23 – Loading begins at 8 a.m. at Eby Fieldhouse on the Coe campus with a planned departure of 10 a.m. Riders who preloaded need not arrive until 9 a.m. Quick lunch stop en route. Late afternoon arrival in Glenwood, where we will be staying with newlyweds Keith and Betsy Foreman. Dinner on our own.

Sunday, July 24 – 64.2 miles to Atlantic, where we will be staying with Mary Paasch, mother of 2006 Coe graduate and current admission staffer Chris Paasch. Dinner provided.

Monday, July 25 – 65.4 miles to Carroll, where we will be staying with John and Jackie Kitch, friends of CoeBRAI veteran Judy Floy ’77. Dinner on our own.

Tuesday, July 26 – 70.9 miles (or 100) to Boone, where we’re staying with Kathy Workman, mother of CoeBRAI driver and Coe SID Ryan Workman. Dinner provided.

Wednesday, July 27 – 56.1 miles to Altoona, where we’re staying with Coe parents Doug and Darla Keast. Dinner provided.

Thursday, July 28 – 57.5 miles to Grinnell, where we’re staying with Carrol and Bill Molison, grandma and dad of Coe Webmaster Andy Molison ’03. Dinner provided.

Friday, July 29 – 75.3 miles to Coralville, where we’re staying with Larry Svoboda ’63. Dinner provided. 38 Special is this year’s headliner for those into has-been bands taking a break from the county fair circuit.

Saturday, July 30 – 64.8 miles to Davenport. Rider and Quad Citizen Jim Strickland has made arrangements for us to gather for the final approach at 1523 South Fairmount Street. This is also where we will load for the bus ride home after dipping our tires.

A note about showers: our hosts have generously agreed to open their facilities to us. Let’s not abuse it. With 31 full-time riders, it would take five hours if everyone took a 10-minute shower. Please incorporate the five-minute shower into your training routine. I shave in the shower, and I’m still in and out in under five minutes, so I know it’s possible.

Also, we’ll set out tubs of water and clothes line for washing biking clothes. Just think of the time that will save for showering!

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