Day 36: The new York

Today the team rode 61 miles from Lincoln to York, Nebraska. It was another smooth ride with a small amount of rolling hills in the first 20 miles and flat for the rest of the day. The weather today was PERFECT! Bright blue skies with fluffy clouds and miles upon miles of green corn fields. A few groups stopped in a small town called Seward, where they discovered some thrift shops and small shops with very friendly people. We also saw the parade of flags there. One group even saw a train with 126 cars. Today’s mosher was to switch names with someone for the day, it ended up causing a good amount of confusion.

For dinner we got Pizza Hut and Valentino’s! We also got Dairy Queen for a treat which was amazing on such a hot day. Later at night a group of us watched Shrek. Shoutout to Kathy, Alex and Caroline for decorating the van. It looks incredible!(look out for pictures on Facebook) I would like to thank the First United Methodist Church for hosting our team tonight.

The ride dedication today was for Mike’s friend Tucker who passed away from leukemia yesterday.
~Tailwinds~
Mandy

Flat count:0
Song of the day: Allstar -Smashmouth
Memorable moment: The team bonding over our love of Shrek and its soundtrack

Day 35: Jammin in Lincoln

Today the team rode 63 miles from Omaha to Lincoln, Nebraska. The morning was very cool and overcast but eventually it warmed up and turned out to be a great day for riding. The team rode on bike trails for a good majority of the ride and conquered hills for the other portion of the day. Everyone was very thankful to have a shorter ride after several long days!

I would like to thank the First Evangelical Church for being our hosts for this evening. We had a lot of fun playing ping pong, air hockey and pool! Matt also made a delicious stir fry for the team which upped our pasta and lentil game!

Today the ride was dedicated to Amy’s and Carrie’s grandmother who was diagnosed with cancer yesterday with pancreatic cancer. Amy and Carrie were our gracious hosts the last few days in Omaha.
~Tailwinds~
Mandy

Flat count: 1
Song of the day: love on top -Beyonce
Memorable moment: Jamming at the church and showing off our dance moves ;)

Day 34:Omaha is more than just Buffett

Today the team rode 0 miles as it was our rest day. Although, with our group it’s more of an off day than a rest day, as we always enjoy sightseeing. Today was spent exploring downtown Omaha which is very nice with quirky vintage stores and tons of great restaurants. We had a delicious lunch and enjoyed looking at some of the eclectic shops that almost everyone bought souvenirs from. Everything in Omaha seems fairly new and it impressed me! We had a group dinner at Amy’s House (one of the hosts). It was really good to see everyone after the team spent its first day not all together. Amy’s house was only four down from Warren Buffett’s, so that was pretty cool! Overall it was a really nice rest day and I enjoyed exploring all Omaha has to offer.

A special thanks to Amy for coordinating all our stay overs for Omaha.The hosts have been nothing short of lovely. It has been so wonderful to stay with them and we appreciate all they have done to make our stay great! I can now confirm that “Nebraska kind of nice” is a thing.

Tomorrow it is back on the saddle as we make our way to the capital, Lincoln.
~ Tailwinds~
Mandy

Flat count: N/A
Song of the day: Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen
Memorable Moment: Getting Cone and Flour ice cream! It was seriously some of the best ice cream I have ever had :)

Day 33: Singing in the rain to Omaha

Today the team completed our longest ride yet, 105 miles from Carroll, Iowa to Omaha, Nebraska!!!! The day started out with many doubts of us even completing the ride. With thunderstorm predictions all day, our odds were slim for having a smooth ride. Thankfully only scattered showers made an appearance for our ride. Today’s views were beautiful, but whoever said Iowa doesn’t have hills could not be more wrong. Rolling hills for miles and miles were seen on our ride today. The majority of the first half consisted of climbing and then descending on the rolling hills. Of course we also had to end our day the I4K way by climbing a steep hill into the stayover tonight, hehe.

I would like to thank all of our hosts tonight for opening up their homes to us. A relative of a past rider (Alia) arranged for us to all stay at different homes of people that she knows so that everyone of us is able to sleep in a bed! I will get a good night’s sleep for sure tonight!

The ride dedication today was for Kathy’s friends mom who had ovarian cancer.

Tomorrow will be another rest day for the team! I’m excited to relax and recuperate after all the miles we put on the road this week!

~Tailwinds~
Mandy

Flat count: 0
Song of the day: Singing in the Rain
Memorable moment: Sofie putting on her rain jacket just in time for the rain to abruptly stop. This happened a total of three times, with each one getting more and more suspicious and Sofie getting more and more annoyed hehe

Day 32: Anti rain dancing to Carroll

Today the team rode 62 miles from Ft. Dodge to Carroll, Iowa. The day started out a little shaky with thunderstorms which delayed our start time. Thankfully we only had a 60 mile day ahead of us because we didn’t end up rolling out until 9am when the storm cleared up. Rain jackets and a hopeful attitude for a storm free day proved to be just what was needed to get through it. The miles were smooth and peaceful country roads again with a lighter amount of headwind than usual.

Iowa is shaping up to be the state with some of the greatest stayovers. I would like to thank St. Paul Lutheran Church for hosting us tonight and providing us with pulled pork and the most delicious desserts to date!! The local news crew even came by to talk to us. We really have been treated like royalty so far and it’s been so restorative to be treated so well after many days of long miles.

Today the ride dedication was for Liz’s aunt who has battled breast cancer multiple times.

~Tailwinds~
Mandy

Flat count: 0
Song of the day: Complicated -Avril Lavigne
Memorable moment: The team performing an anti rain dance that surprisingly did the trick for the mosher activity.

Day 31: Day cut short in Ft. Dodge

Today the team was suppose to ride 91 miles but due to lightning the day was cut short at 70 miles. The day started out much easier than yesterday cooler temps, cloudy skies and the best.. NO wind! The day was smooth with very little hills. Country roads that went on for miles and miles felt peaceful and serene. Around mile 65 we could see dark clouds surrounding the area, who knew a monsoon like thunderstorm was taking place only 10 miles away. We quickly pedaled to the nearest shelter and then shuttled to the church. What a day for I4K!

I would like to thank the hosts at Christ Lutheran for having us tonight and making us an out of this world dinner complete with mac and cheese, burgers and a plethora of desserts!

Today’s ride dedication was for a man Mike and I met at the Hope lodge in Rochester, Woody. He also did a portrait with us. Woody is currently battling prostate cancer yet he still had such a great attitude and outlook on life and didn’t let the lows of cancer stop him from golfing everyday. His contagious energy has fueled me the last few days and I was happy to dedicate the ride to him today even though he may never know it.
~Tailwinds~
Mandy

Flat count: 0
Song of the day: Fire and Rain – James Taylor
Memorable moment: Watching 13 going on 30 as a team at the church tonight. Who knew such a corny movie could elicit such strong emotions from the team haha -several nail biting moments were had