Sleepy Time…

I just had to share a fun picture of my sweet hubby and my dog, Maddux. You might remember me blogging about a mega biking event, Ragbrai, a couple weeks back. Well, part of bike riding 400+ miles in five days is the recovery. Which means lots of naps (like above).  While Charlie and I are recovered from the bike ride, I think our dogs were recovering from us being gone so long. LOL.  Must be hard on our four-legged friends while their masters are gone, huh?  So sweet. I just love their unconditional love, you know?  Dogs rule.  Do[…]

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The last day…

Boy, I was pretty worried about this last day. We were scheduled to do 84.8 miles from Marshalltown to Cedar Rapids, but let me tell you something. I was going on about four hours of sleep. See, the night before, while we were tenting in Marshalltown, a mega storm hit. We had to abandon our tents to seek shelter due to a tornado watch. Talk about scary. And that was after a wonderful day walking around Marshalltown, hitting the Purple Cherry. It was a really cool yogurt shop. But, despite the storms, few hours of sleep, we made it. Of[…]

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104 miles in one day…

Day three of #Ragbrai was a tough one. Not only did we face a 20 MPH headwind most of the way, we opted to do the 23-mile “extra” loop! Yes. I know you’re probably thinking, “What the he–?” After mile 80-something I was thinking the same thing. No, really, it was an awesome challenge. I learned something HUGE that day. I can go on, even when I want to quit. It’s amazing the strength you find deep down when you’re really challenged. Ever notice that? My thoughts went to Penny who was–at the very moment I was biking–lying in a[…]

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Time to think…

Being on my bike for so many hours each day gave me a lot of time to think.  My mind wandered to new stories waiting to be written. To stories already published and those coming out in the next twelve months….Ultimately, all my thoughts landed on two words: THANK YOU!  To be published is a gift. An exciting, scary, and rewarding adventure–one I’m grateful to be on! Day two of biking took us from Cherokee to Lake View. It was a 62-mile day with 2,173 feet of climb. Most people view Iowa as flat…it sooo isn’t. You’d be surprised to[…]

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Beyond Words

I returned home from Ragbrai on Saturday evening, and I’ve been trying to find a word to describe the entire experience. I mean, I’m a writer, lover of words, but I couldn’t really come up with a good one. Sure, amazing, tiring, scary, unforgettable came to mind. Those are all fine and dandy. But how do you put to words riding 407 miles in five days. I did the math…yes, I needed a calculator…81.4 miles per day. I can’t even say that without shaking my head in disbelief. So, I figured I’d take a little bit at a time and[…]

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#Ragbrai Starts Today….

And so the ride starts…. Today’s the day Lynn starts her 350-mile bike ride across Iowa. They’re ending the ride in Cedar Rapids Iowa a bit shy of the entire ride because of time constraints with work, but still, 350 miles. And camping…. Lynn doesn’t like camping. Now me, I don’t mind it. Probably because I don’t feel the elements, don’t need to eat or sleep or use the restrooms. Not to mention, I can see *super* well at night thanks to my violet eyes. Lynn, not so much. But I’m sure she’ll do fine. How ‘bout you? Do you[…]

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