Thursday, July 26, 2012

Survivin' the Ride in Cedar Rapids

I can't tell you how good it feels to be home after today's 85 miler from Marshalltown to Cedar Rapids.

Bill Martin '68 opened his home to the team after severe storms rolled through Marshalltown about the time most of us head for bed. The morning brought cooler temps (there's more than 10 degrees difference between 92 and 102!) and favorable winds for the longest day of the week (century riders excepted).

Perhaps due to the conditions, I thought today's ride was the most scenic of the five. My favored 25-mile stretch from Vinton to Cedar Rapids did not disappoint.

Upon arrival we were welcomed by a crew from Coe College, which also hosted a few of our riders and made the campus available for tent campers.

Showered, shaved and stuffed with Chinese take-out, it's time to head downtown for the 40th anniversary festivities and Counting Crows concert. Tomorrow's 42-miler to Anamosa affords a good opportunity for rest, relaxation and a much slower pace.

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