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Dave is off cycling North America (again!). Keep up to date with his whereabouts by following his blog.

Day 137: Leamington

Health warning: this is a long post! What a day! On the road at 7.40am ish, with the aim of catching the ferry to Peelee Island, Lake Erie, Canada, some 70 miles away. With the aid of a tailwind I Arrived with some time to spare. From there the … Read More

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Day 136: Bowling Green

Just another day at the office! 90 miles of cycling, blue skies all day, a tail wind, sone ice cream, a smoothy, scenery, photographs, people, quiet roads and more ice cream. I passed into Ohio today. For a change there was a sign: The other thing is that, for the … Read More

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Day 135: Monroeville

Yesterday, whilst in Denver, Indiana, in the local cafe, the TV was on and I was informed that it was snowing in Wyoming and Montana! Meanwhile, here in Indiana, today's weather was the best it's been for days. (Relatively) low humidity and a tailwind. And the cycling was also good, … Read More

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Day 134: Wabash

Here are numerous reasons why they don't make them like this anymore: The pavement had already ended: And it was rough: It's a goat's life: Later, after some 30 odd miles of cycling since the last available services, I was thinking that a coke would go down a treat, but … Read More

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Day 133: Rensselaer

The heat and humidity continues, but wind mainly from the south and I was heading mainly east; clearly a minor improvement. Passed into Indiana but, again, there was no welcoming sign. The first indication that I'd crossed into the State was this: Just one dog event today. Also I have … Read More

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Day 132: Ashkum

Headwinds, heat and humidity, does not make for ideal riding conditions. So retired to the air conditioned library at Odell for an hour or so at peak heat to plan future route and stopover locations. Was glad to reach Ashkum after some 90 odd miles of cycling soaking wet (battling … Read More

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Day 131: Henry

For the first part of today's ride it most definately felt odd returning to solo riding. I certainly was not missing the early starts but did miss the company of some 10 - 15 thousand fellow cyclists. But once I reached the first gas/petrol station (for pop and ice … Read More

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Day 130: (RAGBRAI Day 7)

That's it, RAGBRAI has concluded. Tomorrow I return to cycling in a group that consists of one, rather than with some 10 - 15 thousand other riders. Ice cream queue: I did manage one last visit to the homemade ice cream vendor: I have mixed feelings about returning to solo … Read More

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Day 29: Coralville (RAGBRAI Day 6)

Last night I attended my first open air concert. The lead singer of the 70s beat combo known as Styxs was headlining! I shan't be rushing to attend another! The RAGBRAI adventure continues, but this time in the rain! But, fortunately, it did stop as I arrived at the campground. … Read More

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Day 128: Hiawatha (RAGBRAI Day 5)

Lie-in until 6.30am: yippee! The later start meant that the queues were significantly longer at the food and drink vendors. Indeed, it was so bad at the handmade ice cream stop that I couldn't be bothered with it! Especially when people already in the queue allowed their team mates … Read More

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Day 127: Cedar Falls (RAGBRAI Day 4)

Apparently Iowa is renowned for it's corn and it's pigs. Today the local fayre included candied bacon, which I tried, it was pretty good, but chocolate covered bacon seemed like a step too far! So even with more than half a dozen stops (coffee; smoothie; watermelon; frozen iced lolly; apple … Read More

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Day 126: Eldora (RAGBRAI Day 3)

Oh what joy: A lie-in until 5.30AM! On the road for approximately 6.20AM. And really great 100 miles of cycling: met a lot of great people along the way and, according to John, a veteran of 10 RAGBRAI, and local inhabitant, "today was the best ever weather conditions … Read More

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Day 125: Fort Dodge (RAGBRAI Day 2)

A rainy start to the day, but it brightened up some time in the morning. I know not exactly when as my natural sense of time is all to kilter due to the very early starts: this morning people were decamping at approximately 4.45am. I eventually managed to drag … Read More

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Day 124: Storm Lake (RAGBRAI Day 1)

RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) Day 1. This is definitely a different style of touring and I very much enjoyed this first day. The only problem is that there are many stopping points along the way for food and drink and so the potential to end up … Read More

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Day 123: Sioux City (RAGBRAI Registration etc)

So at approximately 10pm last night I retired to my tent. At 11.15pm the Tornado Sirens sounded. For a few minutes I debated whether to get dressed and move my body to the severe weather shelter. As the wind was increasing and I could hear the thunder and see … Read More

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Day 122: Sioux City

So, after a 103 mile cycle I arrived back in Sioux City. It was a very hot ride with temperatures exceeding 100°F. Indeed, a young couple stopped and offered me thier wide brimmed hat so as to offer some protection from the Sun, which I graciously declined. But, although … Read More

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Day 121: Omaha (Rest Day)

Paid a visit to the Joslyn Art Museum, mouched around Old Market Area, ate and drank the local fayre, and relaxed, before cleaning bike (it collected much crap (dust/dirt/limestone) whilst cycling on bike path). Then it was an early(ish) night for a planned early get away in … Read More

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Day 120: Omaha

Now going north east towards Sioux City and RAGBRAI with a stopover in Omaha: the largest city in Nebraska. On the way there were more GPS issues, but fortunately I'd abandoned the cycle path for tarmacadam roads so nothing too serious. Moreover, I managed to body swerve some heavy rain … Read More

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Day 119: Lincoln (Culture Day)

So thought I'd go to the Sheldon Art Gallery. Unfortunately the main gallery was closed with only 3 temporary exhibitions open to the public, so although there were some interesting works the visit was not as good as hoped. Oh well, at least there is the Nebraska State Capitol Building, … Read More

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Day 118: Lincoln

Today was most certainly adventurous. It started with a thunderstorm, which occurred just as the day was starting for me. And oh boy what a warm night, at 4am it was still in the 80s°F in my tent! Yes I was awake to check: there was much noise amongst … Read More

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