I meant to post every day from my little bike trip/vacation. Didn’t happen. Internet access in rural Iowa is hard to come by. Also, cell service is horrible when 25,000 suddenly roll into a town whose population is 2,000.
Anyway, we made it. Mrs. 1500 and I (along with my father) successfully biked all 400+ miles. We didn’t even get a flat! Woooo! Other random thoughts:
- We met people from all over the place. There were riders from every state. We even saw people from Japan and Ireland.
- In Des Moines, there was a concert where Sponge, Filter, Live and Everclear played. It amused me to hear most of them didn’t know how to pronounce “Des Moines.” The “s” is silent in both words. Someone wasn’t paying attention in 4th grade geography.
- We never saw Lance, so didn’t have to deal with the mobs that try to keep up with him. People had mixed emotions about him. Some had signs enthusiastically welcoming him. Others were clearly annoyed.
- Finally, I’m not sure if we’ll do this ride again. Camping for a week stinks as there is a lot to deal with: nasty thunderstorms, heat and people camping next to you who can wake the dead with their snoring. Also, you’ll never take a flush toilet for granted after doing your business for a week in porta-potties!
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