|At the junkyard. 2 Mustang IIs, an early 60s Comet and an late 70s early 80s Z-28.|
|Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout. Also available at the bar in Mingo and in tallboys.|
What I was not expecting were all the stops to take photos. At Mullets for breakfast I photographed my beer for the Brewvet Challenge, 8 rides of a total of at least 40 miles, review of the beer which should preferably be a craft beer, 8 different locations and bike beers count. Easy!
|The Geocouching photos. Coffee mug, plunger and Trivial Pursuit game there as well. Dumped off the road, down a ditch and next to a cornfield.|
Then when busting out of town at the flat before the climb I spotted a recliner that could be used for the Geocouching game. More info on this at Geocouching Series I lead Iowa on this. In fact, I placed Iowa on the map for this!
Almost to the top of that hill I looked at the junkyard where a few years back some classic broken tooth man asked us if we were "doin' the Hy Vee?" Which after talking to him meant "are you participating in the Hy Vee Triathalon?" I'm fat, mister, and I only ride bikes for amusement and commuting and not to make up for some inadequacy. Anyway, no one was there but instead a wonderful rotting Mustang II Cobra was begging for me to take its photo for the Abandoned and Neglected Vehicles FB Group. I saved this photo session for later. Normally, on our return we take SE 57th back instead of riding down thie hill on SE 45th to avoid the hills on E Brooks Dr. But since we are training for a major bicycle tour, RASDAK, riding up hills is good. Mary agreed.
At this point we were still on the outskirts of Des Moines. Nothing to stop for the rest of the way except for Casey's in Carlisle for a potty break. We were pleased to discover that the railroad crossings on E Brooks Dr and in Avon Lake were redone to make them smoother for cars and bicycles.
|At Casey's General Store in Carlisle. Obligatory bike photo. Usually our tandem here.|
|Purchased a poppy for Vets.|
|The poppy photo of my bike was a sun bleached fail so through the magic of editing we have this strange photo!|
|Wanted an action shot of my view. Not the best.|
|This was the first action shot photo. Took the second one because 18 mph is better than 15 mph.|
|Mary in Indianola. Coke vending machine is gone.|
|Guess I had one Team Ska photo left on the phone.|
ON TO JOHNSTON
We stopped at home first. Talked to the neighbors son since she, 89 years old, had some surgery done last week. 2 weeks of rehab. They saved her feet. She's walking again. We need to change out of our biking regalia and into normal clothing for the 11 mile ride then 5 hour sit in Johnston then 11 miles back home. Nothing worse than sitting in bike shorts for hours and hours after a ride. Nothing significant about taking the Trestle to Trestle trail. Weaving through the post Farmers Market crowd took skill and attention and for once I was glad to have a helmet on. This was on the Principal River Walk. I was able to show Mary a hidden trail in Johnston to get to my mother's apartment.
The ride back was the most difficult. Legs were in repair mode and stiff. Energy levels on low. Managed to make it. Spotted the third Camaro of the day. A new one parked at the ball park. The second was on SE 22nd, an 80's style black with aftermarket yellow trim as some sort of gaudy Hawkeyes Camaro gone crap but if it makes the owner feel happy...
|The first Camaro of the day.|
72.4 miles. Lots of things accomplished. A great day to be on a bicycle with Mary..