Spent two hours and 45 minutes driving the course over the lunch hour today. The actual driving time was about two hours and ten minutes, but there were a few stops that made the whole trip a bit longer. At any rate I can tell you this:
1. The ROADS ARE DRY as bones. The dust was going crazy behind my Subaru today.
2. My best estimation of the entire course would be LOOSE GRAVEL THROUGHOUT.
3. There are clean lines in some sections and none in others.
4. Expect NORTHWEST WINDS in the 20mph area by the afternoon.
5. The farm dog situation should be okay. I stopped and talked with a woman at the house that I thought might be trouble. I told here when to expect the riders and she said they may lock the dog up for a bit.
6. The course will go by WhitewaterBike & Sport in St. Charles near the 25 mile mark. I stopped in there today and spoke with Greg who said he would be opening early in case anyone had to stop for a mechanical or pick up supplies. (The shop is just off of Wabasha Ave (to the left) on Highway 14 (W. 6th Street))
7. Expect ROLLING HILLS.
8. Spring Valley has plenty of room along the side of it's streets for those that have support cars meeting them.
9. FOR THE DRIVERS - Please do not clog area businesses for longer than you intend to be a patron - WE ARE GUESTS AND SHOULD BEHAVE AS SUCH.
10. FOR THE RIDERS - Please remember that WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR THE SPORT OF ENDURANCE BICYCLE RACING. We will be seen by many tomorrow and our actions will reflect how riders are treated in the future.
Most of all, have fun and remember to ride within your limits. This event is intended to be a fun, challenging ride over a course that is both beautiful and intimidating.