Follow us on the Big Bike Ride

Tomorrow, Matt and I will get up at an ungodly early time to head on down to Greenfield, IA, about 50 miles southwest of Des Moines. We will join the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa on Day 3.

We will be tweeting from the road tomorrow, so I signed up for a twitter account and all. You can follow us here:

http://twitter.com/30poundcat

There is also a link on the right side as well.

The ride is 77.1 miles long and covers over 4,000 feet of elevation. I am nervously anticipating the rolling hills of southern Iowa. This year’s course has been called one of the hardest (yikes).

We will go through the towns of Orient, Macksburg, East Peru (pronounced “pay-roo”), Truro, St. Charles, St. Marys, Martensdale, Prole, and end in Indianola. We hope to get to Indianola, but if it’s not looking good, we’ll probably stop in Truro at the farm and call it a day.

RAGBRAI is the oldest organized bike ride in the country, and is in its 37th year. Only 8,000 people get week-long passes from the lottery to ride, and they allocate about 1,500 daily passes. So, roughly 10,000 people will be riding tomorrow!

That annual bike ride across Iowa…


Sweet! Matt and I are signed up for a single day ride in RAGBRAI – Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (I believe it is copyrighted, trademarked, etc.)! We’ll be biking on the third day, Tuesday, on the route that begins in Greenfield and ends in Indianola. The total ride is 77 miles (longest of the week) and has 4,470 feet of climbing (second highest). Even cooler, we’re passing through Truro, so we’re hoping (expecting, actually) all of the Des Moines folks to come down to the farm there to wave to us as we pass by. Oh, and to also pick us up later in Indianola! 🙂 Neither one of us have ever done a bike ride like this, so we will definitely be asking Matt’s Grandpa Jim for advice.

Grandpa Jim, who just celebrated his 93rd birthday in February (yet if you ask, he is still “plenty-nine”) is an avid bicycler, one of the top milers in his bike club, and a pro at doing century (100 mile) day rides! Who knows, maybe we can even get him to join us this year! 😉