The trio were out fairly reasonably to do the Tour only to experience rain, fog and wet roads.
I was up at o dark thirty to meet my C2C friend, Tom Fleming, at his house across from Lafayette Park.
Tom was a remarkable St. Louis historian and he was riding along giving me all the pertinent history about the places we were cycling through. He was amazing. A bridge engineer James Eads was instrumental in constructing some of our Civil War era bridges and some ships.
Tom could not have been any more fun and generous with his time. Much love brother. Dinner on the Hill. Tour de Wildwood tomorrow, a morning event, then to Cinton, Mo and the Katy Trail. Peace out Tres
A beautiful morning in Chattanooga. Oatmeal and killer coffee at the Mean Mug.
Nice ride through the mountains that flattened out into big farms in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri. I met my hosts, Rich and Chrysa, in Maryland Heights and away we went for the annual botanical show at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. A few pics. First the corpse plant.
On the road again. Early rollout from the very successful candidate of District 5 Countywide Hillsborough County Commission, Ms. Mariella Smith. New Tampa Bay Times Endorsement that was again glowing with strong praise. I always miss her.
A regret of no pictures of the south to middle Georgia cotton fields. They were green, white and huge. Quite beautiful in there own way. A steady 600 mile drive with little problems even Atlanta was human. Rest stop in Forsythe.
I got a little rest then took an urban bike excursion. Some bike lanes and some streets without. It did not seem to bike friendly really more walking friendly. I went by the UT at Chattanooga stadium. Practice was going on.
The downtown next to the Tennessee River was beautiful. A pedestrian bridge to a very cool side of Chattanooga. A few pics.
I had a gum surgery on Thursday and was advised that I should take a couple of days off with no strenuous exercise. I decided to hike an old favorite in my backyard.
There was a big tree across one of the bridge paths next to the river. This was where the river had taken over the trail and the water could go up to knees and hips. This bridge was underwater to my knees. Note the poles that are almost covered in water.
It was to be a long day with a need to be at the shuttle bus and gone by 2 PM. So we headed out again at sunrise. I must comment that I sometimes complained about having my gear on the truck before 6 but it was always one of the prettiest parts of the day Leaving Iowa City.
Lone Tree, Iowa
This would be a little easier day and it was appreciated.
Iowa City is home of the Iowa University Hawkeyes. Chrysa and I were riding in town, while Rich was back getting his bike checked and going a steep downhill to take a left hand turn, she hit a poorly marked road hazard and fell on her side. The community services officer at this dangerous corner was sitting in a chair with herself and no traffic cone to warn the rider. The other volunteer services were great and took Chrysa and bike to campsite then the medical tent. Her RAGBRAI story is not done. Stay tuned.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A updated day 4 entry was made yesterday morning for more complete coverage.
Day 5 would be the longest and hilliest of the week. Another up at 4:45 AM and away we went.
There was a Santa spotting along the road toward Sully and I was able to pass him and say good morning Santa. I am not sure how many other got that opportunity but it is RAGBRAI. A side note: Santa does winter at the North Pole but, summers in Dubuque, Iowa. See featured image.
Chrysa was riding with fellow C2C 2016 rider, John Ilenin. John had converted to a three wheel cat trike and it seemed he may not ride anything else. He had me sit in it and it was PLUSH. John maybe one of the sweetest and nicest guys you will ever meet.