RAGBRAI 2014 Day 2

By | July 24, 2014

The ride from Okojobi to Emmetsberg was supposed to be a breeze.  At only 41 miles and 1,000 feet of elevation gain, it is the type of ride I can handle in my sleep.  Well, the ride was indeed a breeze, but not in the way that I expected. Since it was going to be a short day,  I got a late start.  The evening before, I enjoyed fine craft brews from Okojobi Brewing and West O Here Brewing.  I shall cover my craft beer exploits in a future post!  I was supposed to meet a local, Jon, at Spudnuts, an Okojobi donut and coffee shop.  Unfortunately Jon was unable to make it, but his recommendation for a breakfast place was a good one.

Spudnutz! Home to a fine high-carb treat!

Spudnuts! Home to a fine high-carb treat!

Spudnuts is run by Leigh and her brother Brett in a converted gas station.  The whole donut-making process is on display as you eat your sugary treat.   The donuts are a sweet, soft ring of happiness that puts Krispy Kreme to shame.  I had two before I was told about the ‘really special treat’- their bacon-glazed donut.  This intense combination features a standard donut glazed with maple frosting then covered in real bacon bits.  The glaze and bacon are applied while you watch.  I left Spudnuts at nine and was not hungry again until well after 2:00!  That is some high octane ride fuel.

Spudnutz Bacon Maple Glazed Doughnut.  Intense!

Spudnuts Bacon Maple Glazed Doughnut. Intense!

From Spudnuts, it was a 7 mile ride back to the official RAGBRAI route and I was back on track.  As was the case from Rock Valley to Okojobi, there was an awful wind from the south ranging from 19 to over 30 mph.  A large percentage of today’s route was going directly into that wind.  When you are pedaling downhill and still going only 11 mph, you are riding into a serious headwind!  The humidity added another dimension to the challenge.  Welcome to riding in Iowa!  Looking around, it was clear that I was not the only one struggling, some small consolation.

The other challenges for my day were mechanical.  Just before Sheldon, I sliced the sidewall of my front tire.  The tube was bulging out the side and I was lucky to make it to town before it exploded.  I had to replace the Continental 4000 with a Continental Gatorskin.  A few miles later after a break at the Iowa Craft Beer tent, I hopped back on my bike to find that the rear tire was flat.  I flatted a Gatorskin?!  I have never done that before.  I never did find the culprit.  I might say that I had some bad luck, but I met a woman who crashed 8 miles outside of Rock Valley.  The paramedics think that she has cracked ribs, but she is continuing the ride with heavily taped ribs and a plethora of cuts and bruises.  That is one tough lady! So a couple of flat tires doesn’t seem so bad.

Terril, IA...  Professional wrestling on RAGBRAI?!  Anything is possible!

Terril, IA… Professional wrestling on RAGBRAI?! Anything is possible!

I arrived in Emmetsberg late to find that all of the demo bikes from Trek, Jamis and Specialized were gone.  I was looking forward to riding and reviewing these machines, but they will not be demo’ing them again after tomorrow.  Luckily, I have a reservation for a Bianchi tomorrow- the only company taking reservations for demos.  I just have to sure to get there before 3:30 to be sure it is not gone.  Tomorrow should be a challenging day at 70 miles, there is a century option which I will likely forgo to be assured I get my Bianchi.  Luckily the wind is forecast to be less severe.

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