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Mount Hosmer Challenge – Lansing, IA

A Race to the Top Harriet Hosmer was a neoclassical sculptor, considered the most distinguished female sculptor in America during the 19th century. She is also the first female professional sculptor. Legend has it, that during a steamboat layover, Harriet challenged the crew to a foot race up the bluff overlooking the Mississippi river.  She won the 7/10th’s of a mile race, running barefooted, in 7:03. Since that time, this bluff has bore her name: Mount Hosmer. As part of the RAGBRAI festivities, the organizers revived the spirit of the[…]

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RAGBRAI – Bike Ride Across Iowa

The Registers Great Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa – RAGBRAI When a few friends got together for a casual bike ride across Iowa in 1973, no one imagined that a tradition would be born. Much less that it would become the longest, largest and oldest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. RAGBRAI is held the last full week of July.  10,000+ cycling enthusiast of all ages, fitness levels, and demographics convene to cycle across Iowa. The routes vary each year, going from west to east. This allows riders to[…]

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The Great Invisible Crater – Manson, Iowa

  Home of the largest crater in the United States Manson, IA is located near the site of the Manson crater, formed by a meteorite collision that happened 74 million years ago. The crater’s existence was first discovered during an oil-drilling expedition in the 1930s. At one time, it was thought to be the biggest impact by an object from outer space in North America. The impact event was also once theorized to have led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. The impact crater measures approximately 24 miles in diameter. I pleaded my case to[…]

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Let there be RAIN – Bike Ride Across Indiana

A return to old US 40 A cycling challenge I first partook in some 10 years ago has a special place in my heart. It’s the RAIN (Ride Across Indiana) ride; a one day – 160 mile trek from Terre Haute to Richmond, Indiana. The fist time competing, dad was there driving along the route offering support and encouragement. He was so proud of me and impressed that anyone could accomplish such a feat.  I had heard him repeat the story countless times to friends and family over the years.[…]

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4th in the Forest – Piscah Waterfall Adventure

While there are dozens of named Waterfalls in the Pisgah National Forest, Blue Ridge parkway area these are a few my favorites. The falls that rated highest in my book were the ones where I was either alone or required a decent hike to reach them. Top of the list goes to Catawba Falls, I was there early in the morning and the grandeur of the Falls with the solitude of being the only one there was just magnificent. Crabtree is just a massive wall of water and very loud;[…]

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