We are over halfway so it's all downhill from here, right? NOT!
Today was the tester, and I passed! Another great day on RAGBRAI!
Clearly the inspiration to many of Grant Wood landscapes. Wood was born and is buried in Anamosa.
Today we passed through the towns of Evansdale, Elk Run Heights, Raymond, Jessup, Shady Grove, Rowley, Walker, Center Point, Alice, and Central City. With an optional loop you could add the towns of Stone City and Waubeek. That seems like more towns than 7 days of South Dakota biking.
The route was 88.7 miles with 2187 feet of climb. Some riders like to challenge themselves to do "century" rides, cyclist speak for 100-mile rides. If you chose the optional "Karras Loop," the ride was 110.8 miles with 3894 feet of climb. The "Loop" is named after RAGBRAI co-founder John Karras. See the pic of me shaking hands with 91-year-old Mr. Karras. He comes out every year to congratulate the loopers.
It was hot on the pavement, we had some strong headwinds on the loop, and one mile long 12 % hill was taxing. All in all, I feel great, with gas in the tank. That may be because I had 3 breakfasts, 1 snack and a big lunch. You need to force yourself to eat and drink gallons of water on these rides even if you don't feel hungry or thirsty. My Garmin says I burned 6200 calories.
Today had to be about the ride, not the write, and I didn't have a lot of time for pics.
The views into Anamosa were stunning rolling farmscapes. Grant Wood, famous painter of the "American Gothic" was born and is buried in Anamosa. Much of his works were landscapes and it’s easy to see his inspiration.
Thanks for those who haven't called the SAG wagon and are still on the ride with me. Just two days left.
Peddling on in search of food and shade.