Archive for September, 2008

A beautiful day in the neighborhood

September 30, 2008

Who wouldn’t want to live here?

Photo taken by BIC webmaster Nick Maddix on 9/27/08.


Courage Ride 2008

September 30, 2008

The Amish Harvest Tour to Cure Cancer, aka, the “Courage Ride,” is a well-supported bike ride through the rolling hills of Amish country. It also serves to honor those folks who have fought cancer and to raise awareness of the need to support cancer research at the UI’s Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. There are routes of varying lengths and the most awesome rest stops ever with food and music and great folks to man (and woman!) them.  Our local bike group, BIC, is a cosponsor and many of our members spend countless hours planning and running it. The Courage Ride website has some wonderful stories of people, including Seth Bailey, a young man who died after fighting cancer, and my young friend Joe, who’s back playing baseball after fighting Ewing’s sarcoma.  Check it out and plan to ride next year:

Larry and I had originally planned to ride the century. But, after our biking tailgate the night before (and battling some serious sleep deprivation the week before) we didn’t actually get to Hills to officially start the ride until 11:30 that morning! (We did tandem the 12 miles from IC to HIlls, okay?)  We were the last two riders to hit the road. The first sag stop, in Frytown, had closed before we even got started, but we caught up with lots of riders at the lunch stop in Wellman.

It was a beautiful, beautiful day. This is why we live here. (Unfortuately, my pix, some of which you’ll see below, didn’t turn out very well. I have taken the liberty of borrowing images from BIC’s webmaster, Nick Maddix.)

Bikegate 2008

September 23, 2008

We have tailgated by bike at Hawkeye games. How many people do you know tailgate at high school football games? We’ve now done it twice—at two different schools! Larry bought a Little Smoky Weber grill and fashioned a crate for it to ride on the back rack of a bike. It’s a bit “clanky” (as opposed to clunky), but it works! Our first Bikegate was at City High for the 8/29/08 game against Dubuque Wahlert. We invited Brenda and Art Nations (Anne’s former neighbors and Brenda is Larry’s current coworker) to enjoy some BBQ and grilled veggies. We set up shop under a tree near the “jock lot.” A group of City High kids were enjoying their own tailgate across the way. The second time was for the Battle for the Boot, City vs West High. We met up with our friends Gordon and Sarah and staked out a spot under some trees at the side of the school property. We cooked turkey for sandwiches (like Tender Tom’s RAGBRAI fare) and added some veggie kabobs. Gordon and Sarah brought drinks, artichoke hummus with chips, and patient-made strawberry-rhubarb pie for dessert. Yum! Although it’s illegal to have open flames on school grounds (as we found out after we’d extinguished out coals), we enjoyed a lovely dinner under the trees. Then, we went into the game to watch the Little Hawks whoop the Trojans 21-7. Go Little Hawks!