Saturday, May 10, 2014

Geezer Ride

Geezer Vision
Okay, I get blamed for making up these super tough routes all the time. Folks seem to like them, but I was reminded recently that not everyone wants or needs a beat-down of a ride. So, I've come up an idea for something a bit more chill if you might be interested in doing a shorter, no-drop ride.

Here's the loose details: Approximately 40-ish miles of remote, beautiful, wooded territory in Iowa and Johnson Counties. Casual pace, food and drink afterward, (or maybe during the ride?),  lots of stopping for photo ops. The date will likely be mid-October. That's hopefully when the leaves will be in high color. This route will feature some climbing and some dead flat roads with a sprinkling of pavement.

The route will feature parts of Trans Iowa courses and the B Maintenance road shown at the left here will also be part of that loop. There may be another dirt road section or two as well. I've ridden much of what I want to use for this ride and the final route choice will be determined by weather conditions.

My vision for this is to have the ride happen on a Saturday morning. At a casual pace, it should be no problem getting done by noon/early afternoon. Then I was thinking there should be a lunch and beverages stop for those that want to hang out, and then everyone could bug out late Saturday afternoon.

So, who would want to come and do this ride? I need to hear some suggestions and everything will be considered. Yes- there will be conflicts with other rides, but most of those are the types of rides this one would not be like. (Basically, if you want to race- this isn't for you!) I'll do this if one other person decides to come or 50. Let me know........

9 comments:

BK Velo said...

GT

I'd come - oh bugger, I'm in the UK! So its a bit far to travel.

Seriously... been following all the TI, gravel grinder stuff from this side of the pond. This looks like a great end of season ride.

Martyn

Steven Butcher said...

Geezer ride...now you're talking (about me)! Gosh, it sounds like fun. I might consider it; though I live in S.W. Missouri. Reading all those TI stories have got me hankerin' for a wee taste of some of that Iowa gravel and dirt.

Josh Lederman said...

GT- I'd love to join in. I'd like to bring my 16 yr old son as well. Really nice idea. JL

Roland Owens said...

I would be seriously tempted to make the drive from Virginia to join you for this type of ride!

Dennis McKelvie said...

I will be there and will likely haul a few others. Great idea. Dennis McKelvie, Grinnell., Iowa

Brett Beebe said...

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MG said...

I'd love to join in, and I bet my wife could be talked into it too... Very cool.

Ari said...

I am sure someone or many of us could arrange to join you from the Slender Fungus. This sounds like a good idea for people wanting to get into this type of riding.
ari

bill said...

Pencil in a spot for two more geezers from the DSM area. Do we need AARP cards for verification of geezer-ness?

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