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

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Twitter: @zeitz

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

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

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

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.

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?


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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