As every year, the ride will start on a Sunday on the west side of Iowa and end the following Saturday on the east side. The tradition is to dip your back tire in the Missouri River and the front in the Mississippi. In 2011 there was severe flooding of the Missouri and the rear tire tip wasn't allowed as a result. In 2013 I did the back tire dip in Council Bluffs and then for shits and giggles I rode the awesome pedestrian/bike bridge across to Omaha. It was the first time I crossed a state line on a bicycle. You can see it in the background of this tire dip pic:
I'm hoping a rear tire dip is doable for 2018, and also hoping it won't be too far of a ride from the start, as I'll need all the strength my legs have to go back east :)
It's also going through both major college towns- Ames and Iowa City - that should be fun... I hear they get along very well ;)
The ride will end in Davenport again (it was 2011's end town) which is very welcome news, as it's barely a two hour ride back home after the week is over.
All told, and excluding any optional loops, I have 428 miles and 12,576 feet of hills waiting for me the last full week of July. My next post will explain the logistics of how this will be accomplished this year... hint: it's not going to be the air conditioned hotels that I was so spoiled with in 2013!
I'll close this post out with a huge thanks to those who have kicked off the donations to SU2C already. $250 has been donated as of tonight- that's already 58 cents a mile!