Well, this sucks...
Just got this update from RAGBRAI in my newsreader today...
Historic flooding this summer has the Missouri River off limits in Mills County to RAGBRAI bicyclists hoping to do the traditional back tire dip in the Muddy Mo to officially start their trek across the state of Iowa.
Because of surface water flooding, mandatory evacuations have been ordered in western Mills County between Interstate 29 and the Missouri River. Roads and farmland west of Interstate 29 are inundated with surface water flooding and persons who enter the evacuated area and attempt to go to the Missouri River are subject to a citation and/or fine.
The good news is that there is an alternative.
Members of the Glenwood boys high school and middle school cross country teams will have a tank containing water from the Missouri River that drivers will be allowed to dip their tires in. The tank will be located across the street from Glenwood Community High School at the entrance to the youth baseball and softball field complex. Cross country team members will assist bicyclists with dipping their tires in the tank and taking photos.
I'm a little bummed. I knew if I wanted to do the rear tire dip I'd have to take a 30ish mile RT ride on Saturday before leaving Sunday morning on the actual ride, but it's something I was planning on doing. Now it looks like my mind has been made up for me. I certainly don't want to start off RAGBRAI with a citation and fine. But what amounts to a dunk tank in Glenwood? Why not let us go up to the edge of the flooding? It's "technically" still the river, no?
At the present moment, the tank seems silly. I don't know if I'll do it or not. I'll let my mood decide when I get there :)