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August 6th 2010
Published: August 6th 2010
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Saturday, July 31, 2010 - Manchester to Dubuque

“Take me to the river, drop (wash) me in the water” Al Green via Talking Heads et al.

An easy 48 miles, right? WRONG! An easy 28 miles to Bankston, including passing through Dyersville, home of the “Field of Dreams”. You could feel the electricity in the air. Everyone was pumped. In the next 5.9 miles the real hills began. Fortunately those were all down hills, some very steep. I was cautious and never exceeded 25 mph but some came screaming by me at speeds at least 10 mph faster. Then we hit a flat and the little town of Graf. Shortly there after came THE HILL. Potter’s Hill was a mile long, .8 of it at a 19% grade. I didn’t ever think about it. I was off and walking. The walkers, most of us, became the cheering squad for the climbers. I saw Sue yelling something about holding her up. Turns out she was serious as she couldn’t get her clips loose. It was quite a sight and the scene at the top was a celebration. About a half a mile later there was a smaller, shorter, but not much less steeper hill. My derailleur was still causing my granny gear to slip so I ended up walking about half of this one too. Only walking a mile (two hills) out of 442 miles isn’t too bad is it? The “Heads” regrouped just before descending Madison St the final big hill (down this time) and we rode into downtown Dubuque triumphantly! One last thing to do, so we headed to the dip site and a group picture at the edge of the Mississippi. Seven days, 493 actual miles and I had done it! Lunch at the casino; pack the bikes on the trailer and head for home. Stopped at the Amana Colonies for dinner. Home about 1:00 AM Sunday.
As I did with my New Zealand trip, I will issue some debriefing comments in a couple of days.

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Green Men

I guess this is their answer to the Blue Man Group.

The end of the ride

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