The Bicycling Journal of Rich Torkington

IM14 – If It Could Get More Bea...

IM14 – If It Could Get More Beautiful

Dyersville, Iowa to Monona, Iowa Distance: 61.8 miles Ascent: 2,075 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160803-0827 Cumulative Distance this tour: 612.4 miles If Iowa could get any more beautiful, it did today. A late rise for me in the Dyersville park, and it seems I farted around more than usual this morning while Jack and Phil waited. Finally ready […]

IM13 – Field of Dreams

IM13 – Field of Dreams

Oxford Junction, Iowa to Dyersville, Iowa Distance: 54.4 miles Ascent: 2,246 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160802-0746 Cumulative Distance this tour: 550.5 miles Not a single drop of rain last night. The winds did not even pick up. I’m certain that locals are expressing care for us, but I think they also like to exaggerate the possible weather hazards. […]

IM12 – Team Dumbass

IM12 – Team Dumbass

Muscatine, Iowa to Oxford Junction, Iowa Distance: 50.1 miles Ascent: 1,186 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160801-0827 Cumulative Distance this tour: 496.2 miles Jack and I were packed and outside the motel by 7:00AM. Incredibly, Phil nearly overslept, but came rushing out only a few minutes behind us. In the meanwhile, a local resident pointed us down the street to […]

IM11 – Rest Day in Muscatine Io...

IM11 – Rest Day in Muscatine Iowa

Muscatine, Iowa Distance: 3.6 miles Cyclemeter app not used Cumulative Distance this tour: 446.1 miles Good bye and good luck to Roger, who left fairly early this morning. We also said goodbye to Chris, who left us a “charge” to talk to every bicycle tourist we came across as a gesture of goodwill. Noted. We’d […]

IM10 – RAGBRAI 2016 Day 7

IM10 – RAGBRAI 2016 Day 7

Washington, Iowa to Muscatine, Iowa Distance: 54.6 miles Ascent: 1,314 feet Cyclemeter app not used Cumulative Distance this tour: 442.5 miles Sure was nice to have hot coffee right beside our campsite this morning, courtesy of the Washington Kiwanis Club. Jack and I hit up Farm Boys one last time this morning for breakfast. They’re […]

IM09 – RAGBRAI 2016 Day 6

IM09 – RAGBRAI 2016 Day 6

Ottumwa, Iowa to Washington, Iowa Distance: 70.2 miles Ascent: 2,541 feet Cyclemeter app not used Cumulative Distance this tour: 387.9 miles I’d set my tent beneath a huge tree yesterday. The advantage is minimal dew in the morning. The disadvantage this time was poop, little white blotches all over my nice turquoise rain fly. I […]

IM08 – RAGBRAI 2016 Day 5

IM08 – RAGBRAI 2016 Day 5

Centerville, Iowa to Ottumwa, Iowa Distance: 52.1 miles Ascent: 1,999 feet Cyclemeter app not used Cumulative Distance this tour: 317.7 miles RAGBRAI is great fun, but one of the annoyances is the plethora of novice cyclists and campers. To wit. We tented last night next to a pickup truck parked on the grass, license plate […]

IM07 – RAGBRAI 2016 Day 4

IM07 – RAGBRAI 2016 Day 4

Leon, Iowa to Centerville, Iowa Distance: 67.1 miles Ascent: 2,708 feet Cyclemeter app not used Cumulative Distance this tour: 265.6 miles A lovely 24-hour vapor light illuminated my tent all night – land of the midnight sun. The 3 of us departed together this morning from Leon, but Jack and I separated from Phil leaving […]

IM06 – RAGBRAI 2016 Day 3

IM06 – RAGBRAI 2016 Day 3

Creston, Iowa to Leon, Iowa Distance: 62.9 miles Ascent: 3,318 feet Cyclemeter app not used Cumulative Distance this tour: 198.5 miles RAGBRAI days blend into one another. Imagine spending 7 straight days at a huge carnival. An abbreviated writing method for today. Phil out 30 minutes before Jack and me this morning. Coffee and zucchini […]

IM05 – RAGBRAI 2016 Day 2

IM05 – RAGBRAI 2016 Day 2

Shenandoah, Iowa to Creston, Iowa Distance: 78.7 miles Ascent: 3,994 feet Cyclemeter app not used Cumulative Distance this tour: 135.6 miles Last night in Shenandoah was cooler than Day 1 and I think everyone got a better night’s sleep. A good thing because we’d need it today. This morning the three of us departed together […]

RAGBRAI 2016 & Upper Mississippi River Tour Complete
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