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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

GTDRI Recon Mission #1

Our fearless leader rocking the blue blockers

These horses galloped with us as we rode along a gravel road beside them, our kinsmen. 

Derek rocking an awesome Campy jersey from the 80's on his Singular 

We met up with Chris, a veterinarian from Bellevue who we ran into on a B-road last year. He was so surprised to see other riders....we were so surprised to see him. We became friends and he has guided us to some awesome roads.  

Iowa is flat

an awesome ridge road....several that we rode on Sunday

Derek, Ari, and Jakey cruising 

Chris led us to the most hidden B-road was muddy, it was awesome....

Celebrator goats celebrating in IA

You really have to zoom in to see how bad this hill was.....this was the worst hill I have ever ridden, and this is only from half way up the, what a doozy

Chris had to part ways, we thanked him for being such a good guide

True beauty, it doesn't get much better than this

Kalmes had some great foods and very gracious and hospitable employees, we had a feast for $60 for 6 people w/ beers. wow. 

night stalker, Jake, Agatha, Derek's hand

Ari, Derek, and I finished the ride into the night

The wheezy Moroccan assassin  

75 miles, all day of riding, scouting, planning, and enjoying some freedom in Iowa....our favorite place

We ventured (fairly late in the day) to Iowa for a scouting ride for the Guitar Ted Death Ride Invitational. This ride will be happening on July 14th if you can make it, it is going to be a great great ride with great great people. Unfortunately for me I will be in California at this time spending time with my mother and brother. The rest of the team will be embarking on a great ride with camping/beer/laughter. We went scouting to find some new roads to include in this years route. We met up with Derek in Sycamore and cruised to Iowa to meet up with Agatha, Jake, and Chris. Agatha went to ride some single track north of where we were scouting and we embarked on a journey. Chris, a veterinarian from Bellevue showed us some new roads and helped us exclude some pavement in which we had plotted into the route. He knew so much about the area and is a great resource/riding partner to have in that area. We had  a great time, lots of laughs, and enjoyed the low blood pressure that Iowa brings to us. What a great time....more scouting to come before July 14th. If you don't have anything going on this day PLEASE show up to this ride, its going to be one for the books!

- Jay  

1 comment:

  1. Great photos Jay. That hill was something else. Can't wait to get back out there.