RAGBRAI 2014 Day 3. Wind, Wind and more Wind!

By | July 28, 2014
Ringstead, IA...  I am a giant here!

Ringstead, IA… I am a giant here!

RAGBRAI Day 3 turned out to be one of those days when I wished I didn’t wear prescription glasses. They have some wind in Iowa, that’s for sure!

It was 81 miles from Emmetsburg to Forest City. A head wind is the cruelest of the winds. However, the side wind is just a jerk! The previous day’s ride ended with an 8 mile pull into a brutal headwind coming out of the south.  The next morning we retraced our steps on the same road.  Amazingly we had a brutal headwind coming from the north!  How is this possible?!  Anyway we turned out of the wind to the east and the side wind was so strong it blew the glasses off my face. And fate laughed hard as someone then ran over them.  Argh!!!  I twisted them around so they sort of went on my face, and continued to grind away into the Iowa wind.

Some days it is a Mr. Porkchop day.  It's a RAGBRAI tradition.  Mmmm!

Some days it is a Mr. Porkchop day. It’s a RAGBRAI tradition. Mmmm!

As my loyal followers know, I love BEER.  I’ll pass on the yellow fizzy water that the corporate world tries to pass off as something I should want to drink.  I am always on the lookout for a good brew pub.  I’ve had some great beers over the last couple of days at Iowa brew pubs, but today, there wasn’t a pub in the lovely town of Forest City.  It’s the home of Winnebago, maybe that’s why?  I dunno, Winnebago folks must not like flavored BEER.

In Titonka, IA, I discovered that many towns open up their Libraries to riders.  It is a little slice of heaven with AC,  homemade baked goods, AC, water, AC and coffee.

In Titonka, IA, I discovered that many towns open up their Libraries to riders. It is a little slice of heaven with AC, homemade baked goods, AC, water, AC and coffee.

At any rate, no brew pub in Forest City was a sad situation.  Luckily, the Iowa Craft Beer Tent follows the riders around.  Not like at the Tour de France or anything, although that would be pretty cool having people drive up and hand me a beer while I ride.  They usually have a stop near the end of the ride when a tasty barley soda really hits the spot!  But even if there’s no brew pub, it’s always nice to know at the end of a long day, I can get a delicious beverage!  I needed it today.  I endured 81 miles of tough winds.  I did not take on the Kerras Loop.  The Kerras loop is an optional route added to one day of RAGBRAI to make the day’s ride a century.  I skipped it because I had an appointment to pick up a Bianchi demo bike that I did not want to miss…  To be honest, I was feeling like a bit of a wimp after fighting the winds.  Don’t tell anyone!

Stay tuned for Day 4.  It was a short day, but I rode it with my friend Bianchi.  We also passed some interesting history on Day 4.

Crystal Lake, IA...  That's a big fish!

Crystal Lake, IA… That’s a big fish!

 

Forest City, IA...  The view from our campground.  Iowa produces the most wind power per capita in the US.

Forest City, IA… The view from our campground. Iowa produces the most wind power per capita in the US.

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