First of all, if you were paying attention, you know that this version of the Dirty Kanza was very unique for that race. Typically it is very hot, dry, and there is copious amounts of scorching sunshine. However; this event featured no Sun, misty moistness, and rather cool, for late May, temperatures. It also was the 10th running of this event. A milestone marked with much hoopla, I might add. Well, enough about that, on to the report......
Pre-Race: This was an atypical event from the standpoint that I was able to spend two entire days ahead of the actual ride off from work. Thursday morning I was packed, ready, and waiting for my friend Tony who was to drive us down to Emporia Kansas in his big Ford truck. It was nice and sunny when we packed up and drove off, but it wasn't long into our seven hour trip that the skies became grey and a fine mist, then outright rain, settled in as we drove South.
|Skies deepen as we get into Kansas City|
Tony and I got into town and he got himself checked into his room at Emporia State University dormitories. Then we met MG downtown and headed over to the Radius Brewery for some grub and great craft beer. We also met Joe, the host for MG and myself, and then plans were laid for a Friday morning breakfast at the home of the owner of Mulready's Pub. All well and good so far.....
Friday morning MG and I awoke to a breezy, cold, mist and we headed up the street to the breakfast. Then, simultaneously, we looked at each other and said, "We need our coats!", as it was starting in to rain. It felt more like an October day, and we were wondering just where it was that early Summer weather had went. After a fine breakfast, (Thank you, by the way!), we made plans to go downtown to check in and see the scene. As we pulled up to Commercial Street, the skies opened up and it poured rain. Locals were showing us images of the road out of town that DK would use and it was flooded. Riders that were intrepid enough to go check out a bit of the course were coming back in all mud splattered. This was looking more like a Trans Iowa than a Dirty Kanza!
|The moistness! Me reacting to the weather as MG and eventual 5th place overall Womens finisher Andrea Cohen chat|
|A lot about stuff that didn't really help us with the actual race at hand was said here.|
Then it was on to a neighborhood gathering near our host Joe's house. It was dubbed "Man-law" night, and basically was a community supper of friends and guests. MG and I enjoyed that very much, (again- thank you!), and then it was off to the house as I was eager to fettle one more time with my rig. It's a good thing too, since I found out my computer battery had died. A quick trip to Wal Mart and that mini-crisis was averted. Then we hit the hay, alarms set for 4am, and we were excited to take part in the event the next day.
Next: Moist, Mud, and Madness!