Day 40 - Friday, July 27, 2001
Sioux City, IA
At 6 AM I was
already packed and ready to leave the motel at first light. Apparently
someone else had the same idea - I waited for them to leave before doing so
I found the Super 8 motel further outside of town - they had a room already
available at 7 AM, so that I could drop off my stuff before going downtown to do
Oddly enough, there was almost no rush hour traffic heading downtown. I first
headed to the bike shop - again odd because it was the only shop in the city and
it was located downtown.
The bike shop was open at 8 AM (fairly early, again odd), and I thought I would
have to leave the bike for the day to fix the wheel and do the other repairs,
but to my surprise they were able to accommodate me on the spot. They were a lot
slower this week after the blitz from last week's RAGBRAI
ride. Great service and good quality repairs - I'll have to send them a
postcard from the road.
I found it strange that there wasn't a lot going on downtown. I found out later
that the major employers are located outside of town - Gateway in N. Sioux City,
SD and another company in LeMars, IA. So I wasn't surprised when I walked past a
couple of buildings that were getting the wrecking ball treatment.
The library had plenty of
computers with internet access (and a printer), so I was able to print out the
route for the RAGBRAI
Day 1 ride from Sioux City to Storm Lake, which is the route I will follow
tomorrow. I'll head off on my own route to the east after that, as the rest of
the RAGBRAI route goes too far south.
So my plan is to head east, somewhere between Highway 3 and US 20, and then drop
down towards Cedar Rapids and then
cross the Mississippi River at Sabula.
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