Trekking Across Ohio

Team GKOM’s Kathy is trekking across the great state of Ohio, as we speak. She is taking part in GOBA, The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure which runs through Saturday, June 23. Today is day three of Kathy’s adventure and she has this to say…

Day 3: hot.


No shade in camp today but they have opened the school for people to get out of the heat. We are in Ashville, OH. Tomorrow we go to Washington Court House.




I’ve hooked up with over a dozen people I did the Utah ride with two years ago. We all told of our favorite stories. I am going to dinner tonight with five of them.


The corn looks good here, its anywhere from several feet high to five foot tall. Beans are a little different story, barely up to a foot. Winter wheat is also varying from cut to still in the fields.


Not much else to report from my mobile desk. I will keep rolling along. 

2012 Bike Season is Here!

It’s been unseasonably warm, and many of us have had an opportunity to turn those pedals a few times. The 2012 bike season is officially here, and in just a few weeks, a few team members will be off on their first ride, the Nevada Jaycee’s Annual Bike Ride (NABR).

The team is still up in the air about this year’s RAGBRAI event. What do you think? Should the team ride?

Day 7: Corallville to Davenport

Our last day. We’re down to five team members, four riders and a SAG driver. Dave, Kathy, Sarah and Neil are on bikes, Lori is navigating the SAG truck to Davenport. It’s been a long week and everyone is ready to head home. Camping in the group campground was enjoyable, but the lingering humidity left enough dew on the tent in the morning Sarah still thinks it rained! After packing up camp, we were on our way.

The team stopped for breakfast at the winery in West Branch. Most of us had some great tasting cheesy hash browns. Neil has a wine-a-rite sample to wash his down. Sarah was excited to move onto Moscow, just so she could say she’d been to Moscow.

Overall, the route was relatively flat, but warm and humid again. Several water and Gatorade stops were made. Again, the group agrees that if we ever see another Gatorade bottle, it will be too soon.

We’d experienced several serious “up-hills” along the route, but rolling into Davenport we experienced quite the down-hill. Close to the end, we faced a 10% down-grade. Woooeeeeeee! But at the end, the mighty Mississippi was a very welcome site. We dipped our tires, headed to the truck, showered up and headed out.

The 2012 route should be announced the first week of February.

Packing up the tent for the last time in 2011.

It’s neat to see the patriotism displayed by towns along the RAGBRAI route.

Finally, we make it into the end town in time to see Team Air Force ride in (two-by-two). What a neat site! 130 team members this year.

Standing in line to dip his tire, Dave can see the Mississippi River, finally!

Kathy can’t wait to dip hers.

We did it!

Neil was the only one with enough energy at the end to lift his bicycle in celebratory style…

Day 6: Grinnell to Corallville

Day 6 was the longest day of the 2011 route, and it was hot to boot. But, it was College Spirit day! Lori and Neil wore matching UNI jersey’s to show their team pride. Sarah was driving the SAG vehicle, but wore her ISU hat into Hawkeye territory anyhow. It earned her an interview with the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

We took a group picture using the automatic option on Sarah’s camera. We’re going to have to perfect that for 2012, but it worked okay.

This was Sarah’s first time driving SAG, and she too had a great time! Roger, the gig is really up. The team camped in the group campsite, right next to the Corallville REC Center and city pool. After the tent (we were down to one for four people) was set-up, Sarah spent part of her morning pool-side! And she also learned all about “nazi” sag drivers. They take their job seriously!

Since it was College Spirit Day, all of the great Iowa college’s were on hand, giving away freebies and visiting with riders. Even the mascots and cheerleaders were around! Neil claims he’s not a Hawkeye fan, but we’re not so sure…

Bright and early on Day 6, the team is ready to ride onto Coralville!

Cyclone fans in Hawkeye territory? Now that’s risky business!

Earlier he had on a UNI jersey. Hmmmm…

Ohio Teammates Day 3 Post

Today is Thursday and the week is flying by. I elected to take my turn as the SAG driver today. Roger, I promise not to tell a good gig it is.  Oh I think I just did. Grinnell is our overnight town tonight. Another “neat as a pin” Iowa town. Not sure what “neat as a pin” means but it surely is. Made a run to Wal-Mart for beverages. Every aisle had pallets of water and Gatorade.
Stayed at the group camping area last and only night. Lori was convinced the train went between our tents. Not so, but darn close. Tonight’s accommodations are indoors: a\c, toilets that flush, and showers indoors.
Thanks to all who are making the trip possible…

Day 5 Riding: Altoona to Grinnell

There were two stand-out moments on this day’s ride: Mount Colfax and the Baxter church lady’s pies.

They said Twister Hill was the big hill on the ride, but I think several riders would argue that point. The “locals” kept saying “are you ready for the hill?” but we all figured, what hill? What hill could be any different than the 482 we’d already ridden? Well, we soon found out. Not even out-of-town we took a left hand turn and faced… Mt. Colfax. According to the Air Force team members riding in the “fast lane” on the left, it was an 11% grade. That felt about right.

In Baxter we were greeted by the nicest church ladies on this year’s route, and the very best pie. Coincidentally, it rained about that time, so we chose to let the rain pass and spend a little extra time in the Baxter Community Center (where the pie was).

We also rode past Mitchellville on day 5, home to the women’s correctional facility. None of us had to stay, but Kathy did note they were adding on. We also rode past a legendary Iowa “superstore”…

We weren’t the only ones who abandoned our bicycles in Baxter for the warm and dry Baxter Community Center!

We’re not sure why there was a white witch mannequin in the Baxter park, but we couldn’t resist having our “witch” take her picture with it!

Day 2 Post from Team Member Glenn

Day two of riding for me. Iowa hospitality has not let me down. Our accommodations have been outstanding. After riding in heat that was showing over 100 degrees on my computer today, Janette’s pool was a very welcome sight. I got to ride with the Colorado kids today. I enjoyed it immensely and appreciated that they didn’t leave me at the front of the pace line too long. We rode like we stole something.

Lance Armstrong reportedly rode today. We did not see him. He was probably behind us. Two days of riding and two flats. Hopefully tomorrow won’t require a roadside repair.