A Murder of Miles

Yesterday I rode another century mostly on gravel in pursuit of this. It was a beautiful day so I wore my new Ira Ryan long sleeve jersey. I looked cool. I also wore an old pair of ATLAS shorts. I may have looked cool but I had a chaffed up butt by the end of things. The chamois will be retired.

I rode to the Northeast of Iowa City and hit up some gravel and B roads I had never ridden before. After rescuing another turtle and being offered a job at a rural Casey’s I turned south to meet up with Jim’s rolling 40th birthday party. I was amazed that I got to Lone Tree exactly at 4pm when they were supposed to be there but was not amazed that they were late. I rode north to meet them and rode in with the boisterous crowd. Happy Birthday Jim!

We left Gin’s a few pitchers of cheap bear heavier than when we arrived and I had to break ranks to get the rest of my gravel miles done. I needed 6.5, I got 8 and rolled up to Iguana’s in Hills with exactly 101 miles, 82 of them on gravel. We drank some more and Jim began slumping a little further into his bar stool and it was a fine time.

The ride into Iowa City was wobbly for most of our group. We took over El Ranchero for dinner and Cody came down with clean clothes to get me out of my chamois (10 hours!) and when Jim went to the bathroom to puke we bolted too- for home.

A great day on the bike and just seven more like it to pass the test. I think I will do next weekends on my single speed. With a seat!

Quarter for scale


2 Responses so far »

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    Chesty said,

    Single speed! I’m excited to hear about those miles. Let me know what nights work for you and your lady. We must be meeting up soon.

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    ira ryan said,

    tuff guy! i am beginning to feel soft with all these posh rapha miles of smooooooth pavement in oregon. i must pilgrimage back to the frozen tundra of iowa this winter for some real training.

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