First Ride Today – Following the Lewis & Clark Trail
Today’s ride was a good ride but somewhat tiresome. It has to be the fact that I stayed up too late making final preparations on several bikes. We awoke at 6am and the cyclists were ready to go. I think we made record time in gathering up our sleeping gear and rolling the bikes out to the street.
As I said we stayed at the Council Bluffs YMCA as the guest of Executive Director, Leo McIntosh, who was extremely gracious enough to take the time out of his evening to see that we were comfortable. Then he met us in the morning for a helpful send off.
At our first break we met Kyle who is training for the RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 40th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in Ithe world.) He was kind enough to ride with us all the way to our second stop for lunch and even joined us for a sandwich. He said he enjoyed riding with a large group, which he doesn’t do often.
We rode 72 miles today with 2 stops (1 at 25 and the other at 40). We rode from Council Bluffs, IA to Onawa, IA with a crosswind that was just high enough to slow you down to 9-10mph. I, of course, stayed in the back to ensure that no one needed parts (I’ll continue to milk that story until someone else takes it from me). We camped at the Lewis & Clark state campground. For a change from last year we arrived early, ate well (portable stove this year with spaghetti!!) and I am able to give you an update before 1AM. Life is good.
Time for me to get a few sleepy winks. It’s 9:30pm your time, 8:30pm here but I’m pooped! This will be a first for me bedding down THIS early.