We were down to sub-10 people that could possibly finish Trans Iowa v13. Big names, like Sarah Cooper and others, were dropping out due to lack of time, hypothermia, or mechanicals. It was a Trans Iowa that had it all. Drama, weather, tough, gutty performances, and stories to last a lifetime, but it wasn't over just yet.
We made it back to town by a little after 6:00 in the morning, but we knew Dan wouldn't be arriving for a while yet. Several of us met at McDonald's for a bite to eat and to go over all that had happened so far with T.I.v13. We all could tell it was going to go down as one of the toughest, most dramatic T.I's yet.
Following is a run down of each finisher as they came in.
|Image courtesy of Jon Duke|
|Dan Hughes at the finish of T.I.v13|
|Greg Gleason at the finish of Trans Iowa v13|
|Glad to have it over with and celebrating with a Surly "Todd The Axeman".|
|Front to Back- Jackson Hinde, Walter Zitz, and Matt Acker. Image by Jon Duke|
|(L-R) Matt Acker, Walter Zitz, Jackson Hinde- All manage a smile after 300+ miles of brutal wind, mud, and rain.Image by Jon Duke|
|Mark Johnson struggles against the wind with his single gear. Image by Jon Duke|
|Mark Johnson rolls across the finish line of T.I.v13 with 10 minutes to spare before the cut-off.|
Honorable Mention: Now, let it be known that "officially" anyone outside the time limit is not an official finisher of Trans Iowa. There has to be a time stamp, and you either make it, or you do not. While Dan Lockery, a former Trans Iowa finisher, did not make it on time, he got within about five miles of doing so.
Tough, but no cigar. Still, a gritty performance that deserves some recognition as everyone else in the event had dropped out behind him.
|(L-R) Ari Andonopoulous, Mike Johnson, and Steve Fuller- Hanging out at the finish line of T.I.v13 (Image by Michael Roe)|
It also is a last chance to talk to some folks I won't see again for a long time, if ever. In that sense, the finish line scene is always an emotional drain for me. This year it was a bit surreal in that when Greg Gleason left, so did almost everyone else. Zitz, Hinde, and Acker came in, there was a small crowd and then it thinned down to Sveta and her daughters, Dan Lockery's support guy, and Mark Johnson's support guy. We all sat in our cars nursing our own thoughts until Sveta knocked on my door and offered me some tea and two small cakes. That was so nice of her to do, and I needed that.
Mark came in and after a few words and a quick photo or two, he left. Sveta left as well, since there was no chance of any other finishers. Dan's support guy was a little miffed that I wasn't going to stick around after 2:00pm to watch Dan come in, but I never do that. The event is over at 2:00pm, and I pack up and head for home. Every year, same deal.
So, that was the end of Trans Iowa v13. I will have one more post with my thoughts and comments on the event tomorrow. Then I'll move on to other stuff.
Thanks for reading.