Friday, August 30, 2013
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
Thursday, July 04, 2013
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:
- Camel Back water bag
- 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
Sunday, May 19, 2013
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.
- Council Bluffs to Harlan - 56.8 miles and 2,476 feet of climb.
- Harlan to Perry - 83 miles and 4,239 feet of climb
- Perry to Des Moines - 49.9 miles and 1,308 feet of climb
- Des Moines to Knoxville - 49.9 miles and 2,920 feet of climb
- Knoxville to Oskaloosa - 52 miles and 2,808 feet of climb
- Oskaloosa to Fairfield - 52 miles and 1,222 feet of climb
- Fairfield to Fort Madison - 63 miles and 2,427 feet of climb
Monday, July 30, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
I was wondering what the weather was going to be like on RAGBRAI so I went to Wunderland.com and got the latest news. Below is a compilation of the weather forcasts for each of the cities for the day we will be sleeping there.
Remember to hydrate and don't be silly. Sagging is completely acceptable in the heat.
Monday, July 16, 2012
photo, a photo by UNI Dr. Z on Flickr.
Leigh Zeitz enjoying a "small" ice cream cone at the Union Stop in La Porte City. This sweet treat was earned on July 21 when Team Flamingo rode the Too Late to Train ride. This 35-mile ride preceded the annual Too Late to Train party at Jan Gallagher's house. (yes, I know that I should have posted a photo of the team on the ride, but I forgot to take one.)
Thursday, July 05, 2012
|Team of Flamingo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Just wanted to talk a little more about Saturday, July 21st, departure day for RAGBRAI.
1) Be at Carolyn's at 8:00 am so that we can get bikes and baggage loaded and get on the road by 9:00 am to take advantage of the cooler temps in the morning.
2) Limit yourself to one bag, sleeping bag, tent, cot/air mattress, pillow, etc. to conserve space.
3) Use soft luggage -- duffel bag, gym bag, etc. rather then hard shell suitcase.
4) Bring snack food/beverage along for the ride. We can stop and shop in Sioux City for supplies you want for the week (beer, pop, etc.) once we're there rather then cramming everything in for the ride out. We will try to have a cooler of some type in each vehicle.
5) Remember, we are staying in Sioux City, not Sioux Center on Saturday night. We will have about an hour's drive to start point on Sunday morning, so it would be helpful if we didn't have to off load bikes Saturday night. Perhaps you could pack Sunday riding clothes separate from your main kit so that we can leave as many things loaded on the vehicle as possible for a quick start in the morning.
6) If you want to bring a camp chair along, bring it that morning to Carolyn's. If there's room to carry it on the vehicle we will, but no promises until we get everyone's gear assembled for loading.
7) Put your luggage tag on your main duffel bag, so we have a way of tracking who's bag is whose when we load up each morning. Don't want to leave you gear behind like Emily's was two years ago.
8) Everyone will be assigned to a specific support vehicle for the ride. Assignments were made with size of vehicle, types of riders, genders, and housing combinations, so hopefully everyone is happy with their van mates. If not, bring a book to read.
9) Your support vehicle driver is just that. A driver. He or she is not expected to unload your gear and carry it into the house that night, or out to the vehicle the next morning. You are responsible for that. Treat your driver nicely, it is hard to get support drivers and vehicles.
10). We will have the FlamingoLoo along when/if we camp and the KYBO's are too far away for late night potty runs.
11) Each vehicle will have a hand sanitizer and a first aid kit on board for emergency needs, bandages, etc. Tylinol, Ibupufren, etc. are not provided.
12) Each vehicle should have a floor air pump and tire gauge on board.
Big Bird (Mike Knapp)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Just wanted to give a big thanks to the wonderful folks who put us up and put up with us last night:
Gwen and John Detlefson, Kim Fara, John Pea, Phillip and Janet Myer Steve and Cathy Pfannkuch, Shawn and Michon Bakker, & Donna and Floyd Forman.
Your hospitality was greatly appreciated by us all.
Lots of events:
-- Big Bird bought a new battery for the van so now he doesn't have to single-handedly push the 5 ton ban to get it started.
-- A bunch if birds went swimming in the pond outside of Carroll to cool off.
--Doodle bird found that she had a long-lost 2nd cousin in Manning.This second cousin placed us in homes with comfortable beds all over Manning.
--Mini-Shoop is beginning to hang around with Team Harold.
--Doodle Bird has discovered a new passion for drawing flamingos on the back of riders' legs.
Today will be a 70-mile day from Carroll to Boone. Most of it will be rolling hills except a huge hill going into Carrol. Should be fun.
Btw, the photo is the road to the town of Willey.