Stage 4-Ames, IA to Tama-Toledo, IA.....78-miles and 2,869 feet of climb
Jul 23, 2008
|Today’s theme for the route…..turn right, go up a hill. Every time we made a right, it was immediately followed by a monster hill……even so, it was a nice day to ride in Iowa….low humidity…..sunny. Head wind most of the day, so on one hand it kept you cool……on the other hand, it was a head wind….we all survived.
Gene got a great site near the downtown festivities…..although kind of far from where Joe had to turn in the $5,400 bike….and return to the antique….ended up stretching the ride from 76 miles to 82. We had a tough time finding the RV….there are a ton of identical motorhomes…..but his plaid shirt and legs helped us spot the correct RV.
After showering at a carwash (there is an experience) we inhaled the food at Tipton…..after warming up with a couple of sandwiches (went with beef as we are pretty sure we have eaten an entire hog each)…..we headed for the potato bar at the Presbyterian Church…..potatoes the size of footballs….and an ice cream sundae ……spent the rest of the afternoon asleep. Elvis was in Tipton….he has lost a step….we left early.
After 5 days….here are the things we have learned:
• When a semi with hogs passes…..turn your head…..lots of stuff blowing out the sides.
• Never too early to eat a pork chop.
• Even though the roads we ride on are asphalt….there is still a lot of gravel.
• Sean can find a Lil’ Johnnie in any town.
• Signs promising the last hill are always wrong.
• You can put hot peanut butter on ice cream.
• Granola tastes better with Gold Bond….
• When showering in a trailer, pick the highest stall.