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  •  I can confirm the terrain report (6+ / 0-)
    not as flat as you think

    I recently spent a week in Grinnell and visited Des Moines... biking around, I was surprised by the way the roads stuck to the grid and went up and down over every creek and river.

    •  When we moved to Iowa in 1992 (5+ / 0-)

      there was a state motto contest. I always thought the motto should be "Iowa -- Not as Flat as You Think".

      "The Greek word for idiot, literally translated, means one who does not participate in politics. That sums up my conviction on the subject." Sen. Gladys Pyle (1890-1989)

      by Melanie in IA on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 11:11:12 AM PDT

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      •  I have spend a ton of time in IA, and done (1+ / 0-)
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        Melanie in IA

        some bicycling there. The wind'll get you, the hills not so much. Really, RAGBRAI is 7 days, the elevation gain per day isn't that great. You can join an annual ride out of Markleeville CA that does 15,000 feet in one day. You compare a total elevation gain statewide of 1160 feet to Illinois (and FL is worse), but hell, the town of Berkeley goes 1780 feet from the water to the top of the Berkeley Hills.

        I have a boatload of in-laws in IA (and MN) and have gone many times and roamed all over (you didn't mention 3 great geological wonders, FWIW) but have yet to find a season that I can stand the weather for very long.

        That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

        by enhydra lutris on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 12:29:27 PM PDT

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