It is hard to believe this was the the final day of RAGBRAI and Kevin and Theresa's Falls2Fields epic ride! As usual it was up early to assemble biking and prep the RV which has become a routine that everyone knows by rote. Joe and Theresa were off by 6am to face what seemed to be a race to the end. Teams of cyclists, youngsters on hand-me-down mountain bikes as well as folks jamming to 60's tunes all streamed by like we were standing still. Did we miss the memo? The temps were cool, some bikers even dawned jackets! Wind was minimal. A perfect biking day.
The day had 4 climbs (according to Joe, Theresa counted 6) and a long downhill into the tire dipping site. The first hill was immediate. Joe was leading then Theresa ground past in the crowd without Joe noticing. Theresa slowed at the top waiting to see Joe. Joe stopped and waited for Theresa, then figured he must have missed her and preceded on the road to Hale (the first town). Theresa figured she would stop at the edge of town and look for Joe then make a call if she could. (ATT reception is very poor in the rural midwest.) As soon as she stopped and looked back... there was Joe!
Reunited the biking buddies fueled on grilled pork sandwich and pie for b-fast! The next stop was Lost Nation and was the meet up town. Bikes had taken over the gas station and the lines for the portapotties stretched around a building. There was no need to intake any additional fuel so on to the next town. With over 40 miles done Theresa was looking for some fuel in Delmar. Last chance for Corn on the cob and more pork!
As we exited the town they were enticed with a sign for Brats in 9 miles! That is just what they were wanting today, in addition, Joe had gotten a message from Kevin that he left at 9 with Zin in tow so that may be the place we meet him.
They cleared hill 3 when they arrived into Charlotte and Brats! Joe called Kevin (Theresa still had no service) and he was just 2 miles out. All feasted on Brats and drank soda while folks passed by to give Zin some love. The ride into Clinton had the last of the climbs in several chunks.
Zin entertained the cyclist as well as spectators as she was the only dog in a trailer that we knew of on the route. We were greeted like champions as we entered Clinton, as folks cheered and congratulated us as we rolled to the Mississippi river to do the ceremonial dip of the tire. Pictures were taken quickly as the crowds of cyclist captured the moments.
After the dipping photo op we rode the course backwards until we were able to branch off and head to the Walmart where the RV was parked. Kevin pulled Zin 46 miles and felt like he could just keep biking. Theresa and Joe clocked 75 glorious miles to conclude their journey across Iowa! What a great way to spend Theresa's b-day!
We showered and returned to Moline, IL where Joe picked up his car and started his long trip back to NC. Theresa and Kevin will head on to a family reunion just outside of Chicago for a family reunion next weekend and then head back to NC. This has been a trip of a lifetime and lots of lessons learned for future trips.
We thank you for reading about our adventures and hope you have enjoyed the fun! Stay tuned for what ever we come up with next!