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.
In Atlantic we stayed at three different homes of wonderful families. It was nice to sleep indoors instead of the hilly campground we enjoyed Friday night.
BTW, the photo is a Coke machine turned into an entertainment center at the Dave and Rosie Jones. Thanks!!
We did it!
We met at Carolyn's house for a wonderful breakfast at 8:00.
We packed the 3 vans with bikes and gear for 20 . . . And we left at 10:00. We were aiming at 9:00 but it was the earliest departure yet.
"We came. We ate. We flocked"
Things look good for a wonderful RAGBRAI adventure ahead.
Here are a few hints:
- Use the team contact cards that Big Bird will distribute to add your fellow birds' phone numbers to your cell phone.
- Stay in touch with your team. It is more fun if you coordinate your ride with your team.
- Connect with your support team at the Meeting Town each day. They will not leave until they connect with every rider.
- Phone coverage is intermittent throughout Iowa. Use text messaging when your phones don't have coverage.
- Pass out stickers in towns to leave evidence that you were there.
- When you tweet, use #RAGBRAI as the hashtag. Your tweet will appear on the official RAGBRAI website at http://ragbrai.com/twitter/
- Share your photos with the world. Team Flamingo has a Flickr Group: Team Flamingo - RAGBRAI. You must be a group member if you want to post your photos. Contact Z-Bird if you want to join the group and he will tell you how to do this.
We are in luck because Big Bird constructed a check list that you can use to get organized.
You can also access it through Google Docs right here. You can download it to your computer from here if you wish.
Wondering who is actually on Team Flamingo?
This is a vibrant team and trying to identify who is actually on it at any one point is kind of a moving target. Once you are a flamingo, you are ALWAYS a flamingo.
You can meet the gang by clicking the Members tab on this page. You will be introduced to over 60 members. It is right below the Flamingo Blog title above.
Nevertheless, this code might be useful for you if you want to send someone an easy way for them to access our blog through their phones. Sure, you could give them the URL, but this soooooo much coooooooooler.
What do you think?
David Ertl on the RAGBRAI blog shared some insights about how important it is to use the right gears. He notes that too often we use the large gear in the front so that we can pedal slowly. The problem is that we are exerting too much force on our legs with each stroke and we use more muscle fibers with each stroke. This means that we get tired earlier.
The key is to keep your cadence at over 75 revolutions per minute. You will use lower gears in the front ring, but you will not tire as quickly.
There is a great deal more that you need to know about this before your next ride. Read Ertl's article, Go for a Spin. It is quite informative.
What kind of rider are you? Are you usually above or below 75 RPMs?
Once we returned to the Hays' house, there was a huge spread of hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, cheesecake and other delicacies. Thank you, Early Bird and Mrs. Hays.
It was a good ride. The only problem was when Z-Bird committed Flamingo-cide in the early morn by backing his truck over the Hays' flamingo. Immediate first aid was administered and Fancy the Flamingo is re-adorning the Hays' front yard.
|Flamingos Prepare for the Saturday Ride|
|Sunday Crew Hops Towards Another Ride|
This trip was to be another 50-mile day ride. This time we began the Holy Trinity ride in the morning. Unfortunately, Z-Bird got a flat tire and he had to fall out of the procession until lunch. The whole gang met at Mulligan's for lunch. Having had a productive morning, the team decided to return home and engage in their personal exercise programs.
The 4th of July will involve The Early Bird Special ride which begins at 8:00 AM at Al and Pam Hays' house. We will ride for 50 miles and then return to the Hays' for a Bar-B-Q. Should be a "gas" and we will provide photos as they appear.
You can download and print the map above by just clicking on it and you will go to the RAGRAI website which houses that map.
38 Special will be a band that will rock in Coralville. It will be $10 admission but free for registered riders.
Looks to be a fun year coming up. Will you be riding? If so, then who is your team?