Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mission accomplished

For the record, 28 members completed RAGBRI XLII this afternoon after a scenic 70-mile trek from Independence that featured beautiful landscapes, fast descents and two challenging climbs.

I'll write more tomorrow, after a good night's rest. For now, a picture.

Friday, July 25, 2014

An epic ride to Independence

Epic and memorable were among the kindest words used to describe Friday's 67-mile ride from Waverly to Independence. Other descriptors are not fit for print.

Waking to heavy rain in Waverly, most of our group wasn't dissuaded from the challenge and endured rain, strong headwind and cool temperatures for most of the morning. Team captain Lonnie Zingula opted out and is writing this post on second-hand reports.

One of our riders was treated for hypothermia in Tripoli, where Coe alumna Chastity Kalise Mueller had set up a special stop for Team CoeBRAI. A hot shower, dry clothes and rest were just what the doctor ordered, literally, for Kathy Matthes, who plans to finish the journey tomorrow.

Hosted for the second time in Independence by Steve and Mary Ohl, a calm night is anticipated before we make an early morning run to the river.

Sixty-nine hilly miles are all that remains of RAGBRAI XLII and CoeBRAI X. If all goes as planned, we'll be dipping our tires in the Mississippi by mid-afternoon.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

On to enemy territory

Today brought Team CoeBRAI 66 miles to Waverly, home of the rival Wartburg College Knights.

With the help of our awesome host, Coe parent Linda Brandt, the Kohawks win again.

Sprinkles and threatening weather curtailed our evening activity, but the sky is now mostly clear as we hope for Mother Mature's continued blessing.

Tomorrow's ride is a carbon copy: 67 miles and 1,623 feet of climb to Independence.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Over the hump to Mason City

Day four brought a short scenic ride along Clear Lake to Mason City. None of the four H's - heat, humidity, hills or headwind - were present for the 695 feet of climb spread over a mere 38 miles.

Coe legacy, alumnus and parent Kurt Lichty '78 and his daughters are hard at work making a grilled chicken dinner before the big Brett Michaels concert tonight.

Tomorrow we'll fly the crimson and gold into Knight country, as it's college jersey day for the 66-mile pedal to Waverly.

14 for 14

Century riders, that is.

Fourteen brave CoeBRAI souls earned century patches after adding the 25-mile Karras Loop to an 80-mile day.

The wind shifted rather spectacularly just before 7 a.m., though not enough from the west for anyone's liking. Regardless of direction, all would agree less of it is best.

We should get that wish tomorrow for the 38-mile walk in the park to Mason City. And continued dry weather is a big plus.

Here's today's gratuitous food shot:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Day 2 to Emmetsburg

Varying reports on the degree of difficulty of this 40+ mile day. Continued southerly winds presented an added element as we followed a southeastern route from Milford. Suffice it to say, no one wished for a longer day.

That'll come soon enough.

Tuesday's 80-mile trek to Forest City presents for the hardiest among us the Karras Loop and an extra 25 miles of cycling. Weather wise, we should get a push out of Emmetsburg before the wind switches to the northwest for a continued assist.

Here's a few photos from today.
Pork chop for breakfast.

Sweet corn for lunch.

Casino buffet for dinner.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

CoeBRAI mawage in Milford

Sixty-nine windy miles culminated in Milford with a CoeBRAI first: a wedding. Veteran support drivers Abby Masters and Ryan Workman tied the knot at the home of Abby's relatives Laurie and Arnold Bates.

The bride wore a dazzling tiara. The groom wore a cheap tuxedo t-shirt. Leah Fuhrman was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Amy Wiezorek Schork and Lisa Zingula. Bob Untiedt was best man. Padre Lonnie Zingula officiated.

The couple plans to honeymoon across Iowa, starting tomorrow in Emmetsburg, a 40-mile ride for the cyclists among us.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

RAGBRAI eve from Rock Valley

Twenty-nine CoeBRAI riders - plus our awesome 4-person support crew - made the 300-mile trek to Rock Valley for the start of RAGBRAI XLII. Our fleet of three vans and one large moving truck left
Coe promptly as scheduled at 10 a.m., arriving in Rock Valley by 4:30 p.m.

Our host is Chris Reinke, boyhood friend of 2010 Coe alumnus Kyle Polich.


Tomorrow the adventure begins with a 69-mile ride to Okoboji, where a very special moment in CoeBRAI history will take place. More on that then.