The Bicycling Journal of Rich Torkington

Product Review: “Magic Shirt...

Product Review: “Magic Shirt” Nike Dry-Fit Base Layer

In preparation for my first tour in 2010 with Randy in the Dakotas, I purchased a Nike DryFit base layer shirt from REI. Cost was about $40. The tag indicates that the body is made of “92% Nylon and 8% Spandex.” There is a mesh component to the shirt as well, starting in the pits […]

IM18 – Stillwater

IM18 – Stillwater

Diamond Bluff, Wisconsin to Stillwater, Minnesota Distance: 35.5 miles Ascent: 2,171 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160807-1143 Cumulative Distance this tour:  844.8 miles Cumulative Ascent this tour: 34,412 feet Up early this morning.  It had been a perfect night of camping – serene and perfect temperature.   I took another long stroll around the apple orchard.  Magical stuff.  At one […]

IM17 – Nesbitt Nursery

IM17 – Nesbitt Nursery

Wabasha, Minnesota to Diamond Bluff, Wisconsin Distance: 55.9 miles Ascent: 3,183 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160806-0812 Cumulative Distance this tour:  809.4 miles This morning we breakfasted in the AmericInn lobby with something masquerading as eggs and sausage.    We learned that last night Phil was audience to a snoring duet between me and Jack somewhere about 1:30AM.  He said […]

IM16 – Long and Lovely Day

IM16 – Long and Lovely Day

Brownsville, Minnesota to Wabasha, Minnesota Distance: 73.1 miles Ascent: 2,033 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160805-0731 Cumulative Distance this tour: 753.5 miles As previously noted, this was one fantastic campsite, the best yet on this tour. Sunrise over the Wisconsin bank. Mist rising off the river waters. Very dewy conditions due to yesterday’s rains. Magical. Phil got up real […]

IM15 – Doesn’t Get Better

IM15 – Doesn’t Get Better

Monona, Iowa to Brownsville, Minnesota Distance: 68.2 miles Ascent: 3,583 feet http://cyclemeter.com/51ced2364be66c17/Cycle-20160804-0808 Cumulative Distance this tour: 680.5 miles Wonderful overnight tenting in Monona’s Gateway Park. Once packed, we each headed over to Subway or Quillin’s grocery store for things like lemon-filled donuts and coffee. In the center of Monona we picked up Pleasant Ridge Road […]

IM14 – Beautiful Iowa

IM14 – Beautiful Iowa

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 […]

RAGBRAI 2016 & Upper Mississippi River Tour Complete
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