It has been an abnormal late fall-winter for me this year. Normally I'm out riding in all kinds of weather until my toes and fingers can handle it no more, and by then spring arrives. But last November, just before Thanksgiving, my wife and I purchased a fixer-upper that has become my primary focus (so we can get moved in asap), meaning my normal riding time has gotten sucked up. This includes my recon riding of the route for this years Grumpy Grind. Instead of long rides, I've had to opt for the driving option for this years Grumpy Grind recon, which isn't nearly as fun, and doesn't help with my TransIowa training. But I have mapped out what I feel like will be the final route for this years ride. The total mileage... 86 miles. Yes, it's a little longer than in the past, but not by much. There will be 15 miles of pavement, which is longer than I'd like, but for an early spring ride, pavement can be a bit of a respite. So unless otherwise posted, plan on an 86 mile "fun ride".
I know some people like to have t-shirts for the events they participate in, so once again I'll be taking t-shirt orders for anyone interested. T-shirts will be charcoal grey, unisex, 50/50 blend, with a white printed graphic. Cost is $10. I'll take orders up to a week before the event. This shirt is pre-order only, and I will not be printing extras. Send me a message on my contact page and I'll get you one on order. I do things on the honor system, so just bring cash on the day of the event.
Rider of bikes, teacher of art, husband of a beautiful wife, and father of two awesome boys.