In an unprecedented move, we have finished Trans Iowa V7 recon. I'm enjoying writing that. Maybe most of you folks don't understand, but trust me, this is huge.
What you Trans Iowa freaks probably would like to see are some images from the course with some descriptions. Well......okay, I suppose. (But we're done with recon!!)
As I've said, the fine fall weather was instrumental in helping us get the recon done so early. It also helped us do a lot of recon by bicycle. We wanted to do more, but when we saw how close we were getting to having all the recon done before November, we accelerated the process by doing more from the Element. I'm glad it is done, so it was worth it. Maybe next time we'll up the mileage done from the bicycle saddle versus the seat of a car even more.
Then we had a surly old man cuss us out for riding bicycles on a closed section of pavement. Wow! Some people seem to have to be tense about whatever they can find to be tense about. Well, after watching his very vulgar display of ignorance, we bade him farewell, (very kindly, and much to his bewilderment), and motored on to our recon via bicycle. At this point, I was hoping that the sun would hurry on up and warm the air, since I was on the chilly side, and a nice, stiff Southwesterly had sprung up to greet us.
We had a bit of a conundrum with regard to a section from our last recon and how to connect it to where we were going from Saturday. After re-tracing our steps a few times, we finally settled on one part and continued forward to seeing some other bits. We planned on re-visiting the confusion after we had come back around to get the Element.
Onward we rode as the day was warming up, and I was feeling quite comfortable. A far cry from the ride I had the weekend previous in the night and rain!
Conditions couldn't have been better on this sector of dirt. It was fast, and with the rain from a week ago, the dust was gone. It was about as perfect as it could be, and we were smart enough to ride it on our bicycles. Nice score! I hope it is similarly as good next April, but even if it isn't, this will be a stretch of road that those that get to ride on it will not soon forget.
Fall colors are not at their "height" now, but all along the section we rode the deep browns, rusts, and tans were really popping. I thought it was pretty awesome.
Not only that, but after we hit the last sector, we made a decision to check out a bridge we thought might be out, and do some selected looking around at some stuff that may, or may not be on Trans Iowa V7's course.
That means the images you are looking at here might not be from T.I.V7's course, or they might be.
It was a great day to be out, and I know I speak for d.p. that we are both pretty stoked to have everything looped up and ready to fine tune. What's next? Now we go on to retracing everything via GPS maps and getting turns and mileages figured out. After the hard numbers are in front of us, we'll decide first if the "big assed loop" is big enough. If it isn't, we already have optional loops to throw in if necessary. If it is too many miles, we'll have to do some editing. Then we move on to mileages to checkpoints and figuring out time cut offs to them and to the finish line. After that is all approved, we go to cue sheet production. I think that the cue sheets will wait until next spring, so we can know if we have to change anything due to winter damage, or spring flooding.
Either way, this is the final recon report before we start doing course condition reports in the spring.