Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Let's Join the BACooN RIDE: the RIDE for the CURED!!!!

It's Only 72 miles but full of BACON!!!!

Saturday, June 28 from 7 AM to 7 PM

You will be biking 72 miles while crunching on bacon treats along the way. The Bacoon Ride will go through 14 cities.  It will begin in Waukee and end in Waukee so you won't need to worry about where to park your car.

Here's the Route:
  • Waukee
  • Ortonville
  • Adel (6)
  • Redfield (10)
  • Linden (6)
  • Panora (6)
  • Yale (6)
  • Herndon (5)
  • Jamaica (2)
  • Dawson (5)
  • Perry (6)
  • Minburn (7)
  • Dallas Center (6)
  • Waukee (6)

It will cost $45 for early bird registrations but this is what you get for your money:
  • Numerous BACON stops featuring BACON snacks and samples throughout the day
    (BACON donuts, BACON cheeseburger sliders, BACON tacos! – Details to come!)
  • BACON-themed lunch
  • A commemorative PassPORK (punch card for your BACON treats!)
  • Awesome drink specials at numerous BACON party stops (including BACON themed drinks)
  • Custom BACooN RIDE Steel Pint (used for drink specials through the day)
  • Commemorative BACooN RIDE t-shirt
  • Ride support with mechanics in towns


Monday, February 03, 2014

Flamingo Update - 3/3/14

Hail Flamingos

RAGBRAI Registration.
Ute Brandenburg and daughter Charlotte are returning for the week's ride.  Pat Morrissey and new team member Mike Bachman will be on for four days.  Welcome Mike.  They join Mica Lorenz, Bev Shaffer, Leigh Zeitz, Al Hays, Frank Magsamen, Krisite Austin, Bill, Moria and Katherine Brown as registered RAGBRAI'ers on Team Flamingo.

Those talking about going but not registered yet include Jodi Plopan, Chris Distelrath, Juanita Williams (and her friend and Team Flamingo member Julie from Seattle), Roger and Cindy Hahn, and Deb Shoopman.

How about the rest of you?  Sound off if you're thinking about going for the week or for just days but have made up your mind yet. 

Housing Update
We have leads on housing in Waverly, and Emmetsburg. We have partial housing for the team confirmed for Mason City, so we'll need to keep looking there.  We have confirmed housing commitment for the whole team in Independence.   We are still looking for leads in Rock Valley, Okoboji, and Forest City.

I thought about getting out on a training ride today, but thought better of it as I wouldn't be home in time to watch the Super Bowl.

Big Bird

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Here is a graphic of the route for those of you who are Right-minded.

It is quite northernly.  Mason City (28,000) is the only town/city that has over 10,000 people. Looks like week full of fun.

This Iowa map is from the  interactive maps that have been created so far.  It only cites the main cities because the intervening routes and towns have not been identified yet.

Now if only the snow and cold would leave so that we can hit the roads again. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Update Notes from Laird Big Bird

2014 RAGBRAI Route Party
Unless you're comatose in an ICU unit somewhere you probably know the 2014 RAGBRAI Route was announced last night.  Kudos to the 14 Flamingos who braved the cold and blizzard warnings to make it to our local announcement party.  

Special shout out to Bonnie Alger who skyped in from Abu Dhabi, to Katherine Brown who skyped in from Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (formerly Saigon), and to Jodi Plopan and Chris Distelrath who phoned in from the Michigan contingent.

RAGBRAI Registration - March 26th Fee deadline for Team Flamingo
Ok, so now you know the route, and and easy one it is this year.  Now there's no excuse not to get registered.  Go to website, pull down the registration link from the menu bar, click on the returning rider link, enter your name and password and fill out the online registration form once you are at the Flamingo team roster.  Register online and send your registration fees to me by Wednesday, March 26th if you plan to ride with Team Flamingo this year.  Hurry up, Z-Bird has already paid so you are WAY behind.

We have leads on housing in Mason City, Independence and Waverly.  Looking for contacts in Rock Valley, Okoboji, Emmetsburg,and Forest City.  Start working your connections for housing leads.

Training Calendar
Working on the training calendar now.  NOTE:  You can subscribe to the Team Flamingo calendar by clicking on the calendar button in the lower right corner of the calendar to the right -------->
It will automatically add it to your Google calendar so that you can access it from your phone, tablet or computer.  Nifty, eh?

RAGBRAI XLII Route is Announced

YES!!!!  It's going to be a northern route this year.  They are even riding through Waverly.  That means that we can sleep in our own beds if we want to do that.

Our ride will happen on July 20-26 this year. Overnight stops announced Saturday night include, from west to east:  (This will be updated when the specifics are released)
    So this year's route goes like this:
    • Saturday:  Rock Valley   
    • Sunday: Okoboji -- 69 mile day 
    • Monday: Emmetsburg -- 41 mile day 
    • Tuesday: Forest City -- 73 mile day plus Century Loop
    • Wednesday:  Mason City -- 36 mile day
    • Thursday:  Waverly  -- 63 mile day
    • Friday: Independence -- 68 mile day
    • Saturday: Guttenberg  68 mile day
      This will be a total of 418 miles with 11,316 feet of climb.

      RAGBRAI 2014: Small towns, big ride (Des Moines Registrar)

      Saturday, December 14, 2013

      Fwd: RAGBRAI update

      Welcome Al Hays!  The latest Flamingo to commit and register for next summer's RAGBRAI!

      Guess the Route
      Anybody going to enter the "guess the route" contest?  What would your picks for overnights and distances be this year?

      Bike Tech Auction Item
      For those of you thinking about attending Grin and Grow's February auction dinner fundraiser -- one of this year's auction items is a package that includes a $500 gift certificate from Bike Tech.  Just a heads up. If you want to be put on the invitation list let me know.

      New Bike Shop in Waterloo
      Team member Pat Morrissey's son-in-law is opening a bike shop this coming summer.  It will be in downtown Waterloo in the Kisner Building adjacent to the Plaid Peacock (across street from the River Loop Market and the new Sports Complex).

      Summer training ride to B&B
      Who would be interested in biking to Fredericksburg (48 miles on Saturday, 48 miles back on Sunday) and  renting out the B & B for the night again.  Probably to happen in June or July.  If there's enough interest I'll start negotiating with them.  If you're interested let me know which weekends will not work for you.



      Leigh E. Zeitz, Ph.D. 
      Associate Professor
      Coordinator - Instructional Technology Division
      Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
      University of Northern Iowa
      1227 W. 27th St
      Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0606

      Skpe: leighzeitz
      Twitter: @zeitz

      Wednesday, December 11, 2013

      Fwd: RAGBRAI update

      Ho! Ho! Ho! Team Flamingo!

      RAGBRAI registration

      Z-Bird has raised the bar for the team this year.  Going from the last member to get his registration fees to me for last year's RAGBRAI, he's the first one to be registered and submitted his registration fees to me for this year!  Way to go Z-Bird!

      Those also registered for the coming summer are Frank Magsamen, Stephanie Whitmer and all the way from the Peoples Republic of China for her third attempt to complete an entire RAGBRAI -- Katherine Brown --- who is pondering the significance of RAGBRAI "42" in the cosmology of life.

      Another Flamingo in the News

      Jodi is attempting to shift blame for her pattern of late arrivals to the overnight towns by blaming the media.  Watch this clip and you'll see Jodi betting on a chicken pooping.  Ok - I'll buy this excuse for one night's late arrival Jodi, but how many times can a chicken cross the road to poop on your numbers?

      Route Announcement Party - Saturday, January 25
      Looking for a host for this year's route announcement party.  Step up if you're willing to host the team.

      Also those of you out of state or country wanting to attend electronically -- let me know, and we can work on skyping you in to be a talking head on a laptop screen.

      Nuff for tonight - got a busy weekend of Santa gigs starting tomorrow so better get my beauty sleep.

      Mike "Big Bird" (aka Santa) Knapp

      Leigh E. Zeitz, Ph.D. 
      Associate Professor
      Coordinator - Instructional Technology Division
      Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
      University of Northern Iowa
      1227 W. 27th St
      Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0606

      Skpe: leighzeitz
      Twitter: @zeitz

      Friday, August 30, 2013

      RAGBRAI: 8 Days of Pride

      We are happy to report that the video, RAGBRAI: 8 Days of Pride, is now online. This is the video that is playing continually at the RAGBRAI exhibit in the State Historical Museum of Iowa.

      You will see that Big Bird, Salsa Bird and a number of other members in our flock are intereviewed.

      Enjoy and please respond in the comments section.

      What do you think? Z-Bird

      Tuesday, July 16, 2013

      RAGBRAI Check List

      Due to popular demand, Laird Big Bird shared a suggested list of items that are recommended for your RAGBRAI trip. You may have other items that you want to take, but please keep in mind that space is at a premium.  Try to limit your gear (excluding tent/sleeping bag/mattress pad/cot, etc.) to a medium size duffel and a carry on.
      ___   Bike (computer, trunk bag, etc.)
      ___   Helmet
      ___   RAGBRAI rider's tag/packet
      ___   Spare tubes (2)
      ___   Tire iron/tire changing kit
      ___   Sunscreen
      ___   Chap stick
      ___   Handiwipes travel pack
      ___   Hand disinfectant
      ___   Credit card/cash (don’t count on working ATM’s in rural Iowa)
      ___   iPod/MP3 player/ear buds/bike sound system
      ___   Cell phone
      ___   iPod/Cell phone charger
      ___   Sun glasses
      ___   Sun visor or ball cap
      ___   Cycling jerseys (2)
      ___   Cycling shorts (2)  (keep separate from Al’s)
      ___   Socks (7 pairs – wear 1 pair after ride/on ride next day).  Adjust if you wear sandals at night and/or sandals to ride in.
      ___   Bike shoes or sandals, or shoes with hard sole.
      ___   Shorts for evening wear (if you can find travel shorts with liners you can eliminate undies)
      ___   Undies (you be the judge of number needed)
      ___   T-shirts (one for each night/ each day you ride if don’t have jersey)
      ___   More money
      ___   Hood, sweat shirt or windbreaker in case temps dip
      ___   Pair of long pants in case temps dip (optional)
      ___   Sweat band or bandanna
      ___   Sleeping bag/bed roll/cot/bedding (whatever you plan to sleep on)
      ___   Tent (in case we have to camp or housing breaksdown)
      ___   Shower shoes or flips
      ___   Toiletry kit
      ___   Sunburn cream or spray/mole skin, band aids
      ___   Camera if phone doesn’t have one.
      ___   Pocket flashlight
      ___   Pocket knife
      ___   Pink feather boas/flamingo adornments and accessories
      ___   Ink pen, post card stamps, mailing labels
      ___   Roll of camping TP (for dashes into the corn fields)
      ___   Towel

      Thursday, July 04, 2013

      Team Flamingo Swag in the State Historical Museum of Iowa

      A few weeks ago, Z-Bird received a request from the State Historical Museum of Iowa for a helmet. They were opening a RAGBRAI exhibit  in the museum and they wanted to include Team Flamingo.

      After a bit of discussion, we decided that the helmet was not enough.  We needed to make certain that Team Flamingo was properly represented so we included:

      • Helmet
      • Camel Back water bag
      • Jersey
      • Do-Rag
      • Water Bottle
      • Stickers and
      • LOTS of road-weary feathers.

      We don't know how they will display all of this, but it is certain that they have the materials to do Team Flamingo RIGHT!

      You can see more of this on the History Biker Facebook page in a June 13 posting.

      Monday, June 17, 2013

      Jeep Flamingo

      How Cool is THIS!!!!!!

      Our Northern Bird, Jodi Plopan from Michigan, was out riding and look at the wonderful vehicle that showed up on her tail.   We need to borrow this for RAGBRAI. What do you think?


      Sunday, May 19, 2013

      Mileage for the 2013

      Just thought you might want to see the mileage stats for the 2013 route.  It's not a tough route this year and the days will be rather short.
      It is only 406.6 miles for the whole trip.  Longest ride is 83 miles and shortest is nearly 50.
      The average day is 58 miles.

      • Sunday
        • Council Bluffs to Harlan - 56.8 miles and 2,476 feet of climb.
      • Monday
        • Harlan to Perry - 83 miles and 4,239 feet of climb
      • Tuesday
        • Perry to Des Moines - 49.9 miles and 1,308 feet of climb
      • Wednesday
        • Des Moines to Knoxville - 49.9 miles and 2,920 feet of climb
      • Thursday 
        • Knoxville to Oskaloosa - 52 miles and 2,808 feet of climb
      • Friday
        • Oskaloosa to Fairfield - 52 miles and 1,222 feet of climb
      • Saturday
        • Fairfield to Fort Madison - 63 miles and 2,427 feet of climb
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      Monday, July 30, 2012

      photo by UNI Dr. Z
      photo, a photo by UNI Dr. Z on Flickr.

      A HUGE bug flying with us on our 2012 RAGBRAI ride.

      Saturday, July 21, 2012