Summer of the Bike: The Road Trip

Summer 2017 is officially over as today is the first day of fall. And, this past summer will officially be know as our “Summer of the Bike.”  Steve completed the Whiskey 50 Mountain Bike Race in late April and from then on it was all two wheels.

Shortly after the Whiskey 50 Steve received admission to RAGBRAI–Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.  While trying to figure out how I would support Steve’s ride across Iowa, it became clear that driving a support vehicle wouldn’t be near as much fun as riding.  So, with less than two months to prepare, I got back on the bike and started training.  By July 6 we set out on a road trip with the plan to pass through at least 13 states, visiting family and friends, and riding our bikes across Iowa in the annual RAGBRAI ride!

On day one of the road trip we explored Walnut Canyon, stood on a corner in Winslow Arizona, and biked 26 miles in Holbrook. IMG_7886Day two included the Petrified Forest, Painted Desert and 38 miles along the Paseo de Bosque bike trail in Albuquerque, which runs along the Rio Grande.  We took our time, enjoyed the scenery, and used each stop as an opportunity to continue training.

Day three of the road trip took us from Albuquerque to Amarillo. The highlights included a stop at the Cadillac Ranch and dinner at the famed Big Texan Steak Ranch. IMG_8028Yes, we spray painted the cars. No, we didn’t have the 72oz steak…but we watched two guys try. Kitsch all day long. Then we moved along to OKC for a quick visit with cousin Lori & Don & dogs Lucky & Lucy.

We couldn’t do a midwestern road trip without a stop in Kansas City to see Gary, Kristy, and the kids.  In one weekend, we biked, hit a Royals game, floated and slid at Schlitterbahn, and played pickleball at Chicken & Pickle. The best part was spending time with family, including Brynn, Hudson, and the dogs Nellie and Ruby.

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Brynn & Nellie

On the way to Nebraska we had a nice stop in Corning/Prescott/Creston Iowa to reconnect with the Freshour cousins. Thanks Terri Freshour Kretzinger & Dan, our gracious hosts, who sent us off with copious amounts of sweet corn 🌽 picked straight from the stalk. That fun was followed by two super fun days in Omaha with Brian, Heidi & the kids. We had lots of pool time, sno cones, and a little biking.

Then, it was time to head east towards the Mississippi and the start of our first RAGBRAI. Steve was ready, but I sure had doubts about a 400+ mile bike ride from the Missouri to the Mississppi Rivers…

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