My Tucson friend, Eric Ewing, is doing RAGBRI again this year - only this time he's riding from Tucson to the start, somewhere in Iowa where he'll then ride RAGBRI. Whoa, that is a feat in itself - but I do think guys like "Wing" who are teachers with the summer off, do these kinds of things.
So Eric, whom I coined "Eagle Wing" once on a hot Tucson Sunday Morning ride (the nick-name stuck) and a friend of his, will be riding across Kansas. I've invited them to stay in Lawrence for a few nights or as long as they want.
Wing suggested I come out and join them for part of the ride - and I believe I will, Gentle Readers of This Blog. Where I join them will depend on how far Little Egypt is willing to drive me out - I'm looking at about a three to four day trek with 'em.
|Wing and Me, after the Cupcake Sprint|
|Wing riding the Tailwind out to Kitt Peak|
My main goal is to boost moral if I can, help pay for a night or two at a motel, as I think every four nights or so they stop to shower, etc. Eric is pulling some kind of trailer and I know it's heavy. I'll offer to take a few turns pulling it - and drafting too. I think once they get into Kansas, where they won't have much if any climbing, I can help them put in some more miles and gain some time.
There won't be a headwind - mostly a cross-wind from the South - but the main thing will be the heat. It is very very hot, mes amis, so not sure how far we can actually get before its just to hot.
|Wing and John, Casa Grande 200KM Brevet|
With a third person, and Little Egypt possibly taking some gear to Lawrence that's not needed, maybe we can ride a few Brevet distance days. Really up to them. I will be traveling very light myself - I may only have old wool blanket to hug terra firma.
|Eric commutes to work - our paths crossed a few time commuting|