July 24th: Dyersville to Muscatine, IA
July 24th Statistics – Dyersville to Muscatine, IA:
- Today’s Biking Distance – 88.8 miles
- Today’s Average Speed – 15.2 mph
- Today’s Time In Saddle – 5.8 hours
- Today Ascent – 2,818 feet
- Total Trip Biking Days – 32
- Total Trip Biking Distance – 2,476.5 miles
- Total Trip Average Biking Distance/Day – 77.4 miles
- Total Trip Ascent – 73,483 feet
Started biking at 6:30 am to avoid the high temperatures forecasted for the late afternoon in Iowa. It was a long ride (89 miles) even though we cut out 9 miles from the normal route by taking an alternative route. Even though it was hot and long, today I felt particularly energetic (and for the first time started regularly using my cleats to pull up on the pedals which gave me a real boost) and after keeping up with a couple of the other riders, I actually passed them at one point and stayed ahead for many miles.
An interesting note – It has been clear for many days that Iowa is a battleground state for the presidential election. The number of political TV ads (most of which are negative) has been overwhelming as we reached the broadcast area for Iowa (including TV stations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois that border Iowa).
Steve, I and Dave are your neighbors. Jeanette told me of your trip. I am enjoying your travel. I feel that I am on vacation with you! You are amazing and your reports are fascinating. Thanks!
July 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm
Fran, it is great to hear from you. I look forward to sharing stories with you and Dave over dinner when I return. Steve
July 27, 2012 at 10:47 pm
the photo of the truck “yard art” is absolutely frame worthy! you have such a good eye and i am loving all of the pictures!
July 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm
Thanks Poppy. I’d be happy to send you any photos you may want.
August 5, 2012 at 10:53 pm