A long list of pictures to tell the story of a long ride in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin
Unloading prior to the start under the shelter of the Spring Valley Inn and Suites, the Almanzo headquarters
Dan and his high tech rain gloves which lasted till the end of the race
Chasing Dan and Lindsay
Winding through the country side of the Minnesota, the rain made the roads softer making for more difficult riding conditions
Improperly sealed cue sheets, 11 in total for my system – they were spot on (thanks Chris) and were all you really needed for the race. At first it was easy to read and remember the name and road numbers for each turn. It became harder to remember them after 30 hours in the saddle, you would read it, forget it, and then read it again and again.
The selection of roads was awesome
This is Lisa, Lisa is a monster. Here she is one legging it because of a broken pedal. She waited to get a new pedal from the race organizer and the next town (2 hour wait) and continued on, catching and passing by dinner time the following day.
Should have filmed Lindsay trying to pour cream into his coffee at breakfast, he was shivering so much I was amazed that any of landed in his coffee
Lindsay buying a used golf shirt at a consignment store, it was the only shirt that was close to a technical garment to add another layer of insulation which he needed to continue the ride
Riding around the bride washout
Already having soaked feet we just walked through the creek with our shoes on
Roller, miles and miles of rollers
Somebody did not like the Iowa sign, or just the rural sport of sign hunting?
Dinner in Lansing. Part of the restaurant selection involves good sight lines of your bikes
The bridge out of Lansing. We left Lindsay in Preston (golf shirt) and he caught up to us in Lansing.
Day two: sunshine and heat.
We walked many a hill in the two days. You could have grunted it up many of the hills we walked, but the energy cost would have been prohibitive for us. A triple up front would have been awesome
30+ hours of riding, rain, hills, gravel, and heat
Did I mention rollers. Getting some water before we tackled yet another set.
Many many bombing sweeping downhills which were alway followed by long grinding uphills
More evidence of rural sign hunting
Bikes getting a rest as the riders fuel at a bar and grill in Decorah Iowa before heading into our second night of riding on 3 hours of sleep
The thousand yard stare
About 2.5 hours from the finish a thunderstorm began to brew
We took shelter in a picnic shelter in Cherry Grove Minnesota. We eventually took out the bivy sacks because it was just too cold lying there in just our cycling clothes
On the road again
This lovely climb (partially walked) greeted us at mile 370 or so
At the finish, and yes, that is a smile
Dan always has a smile
All pictures here