August? Already? Yikes!
RAGRBRAI Wrap Up
I did it! Okay, I admit that much like finishing a marathon that completing RAGBRAI is not a monumental achievement, but I’m damn proud of myself.
Seven continuous days of riding.
423 miles ridden.
13 Iowa Craft Beer tent stops, earning my “free” t-shirt.
Fortunately for me the only bad thing to happen was my chipped tooth, for which I will be seeing my dentist this morning.
As far as my riding went I was strong. My legs were getting tired toward the end, but I finished each day cranking hard.
I need to start eating and drinking less in order to shed the weight that I gained. Yes, even riding all week I managed to plump up thanks to the copious amount of food and drink available for consumption.
I heard that Lance Armstrong rode a few days. No, I didn’t see him.
Would I do it again? Yeah.
ITP Flickr Pics
While I didn’t take a slew of photos on this trip, I will be posting two per day this week. It’s funny, I noticed that I didn’t take any photos on Thursday or Friday and only two on Saturday. This was probably due to the lack of neat towns on those days combined with gloomy weather on Friday and Saturday and my desire to get through with the day’s riding.
All You Need Is Love’s (Boonville, state unknown, United States)
On the trips up and back we stopped at Love’s Truck Stops nearly exclusively. I gather that this ensured the school bus with bikes on top would fit.
“Home All Last Week” (Glenwood, Iowa, United States)
Not being able to receive text messages most days of the week made it a bit tricky to know where camp was set up. Fortunately the huge BRAG tent made it a bit easier to find. The tent, and school bus, also provided a lot of advertisement for BRAG, with people taking photos of each and coming by to talk with us every day.
I Tried A New Laundromat
My normal lavanderia was packed with hermanos and hermanas yesterday. Since I had time before my scheduled haircut I decided to try the Laundry Lounge in Ansley Mall. Unfortunately for me, as well as one other customer, neither of us noticed the remnants of a black plastic bag from a previous customer in our dryers. I’m not sure what happened to his stuff, but a rubbery glue was deposited on one pair of my “running” shorts as well as on my Schaefer cycling jersey. I am attempting to get this stuff off of each garment using some techniques I found on the internet last night.
More Busy Weeks For This Unemployed Man
Holy smokes am I ever busy! For a temporarily unemployed person I sure have packed my schedule silly.
Oh, and about my Leave of Absence. The original plan was to quit, take six months off, and then look for a job. I applied and was approved for an unpaid three-month leave of absence, with the opportunity to inquire about returning after that was completed. While in Iowa last week I received the information that the Atlanta office is closing on October 1st. After my dental appointment this morning I will be going into the office to find out more.
This week I will be attending a two-day conference that I’ll talk more about when it occurs, and on Friday I’ll be flying to Vermont for my next cycling adventure. And I also have German class tomorrow night for which I am completely unprepared.