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08/30   Hot Hills
08/31   Maquoketa Caves State Park
09/01   Sutliff Bridge
09/02   Flags
09/03   Maasdam's Wheel Art
09/04   Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
09/06   Fred's Bike Shop
09/07   Clark Tower
09/08   The Terraced Hills
09/09   Tower of the Four Winds
09/10   Just gravel roads
09/11   Grand Island
09/12   Boot Hill
09/13   Highway 34 to McCook
09/15   Tinker Tom's
09/16   The Big Easel
09/17   Mount Sunflower
09/18   Long Dry Day
09/19   Colorado Springs
09/20   Camping High
09/21   Wolves and Fossils
09/22   Cottonwood Pass
09/23   Send up the bicycle guy
09/24   Kebler Pass
09/25   Grand Junction
09/26   Colorado National Monument
09/27   Entrada Bluffs
09/28   Arches National Park
09/29   Hole N''The Rock
09/30   Newspaper Rock
10/01   Comb Wash up
10/02   Natural Bridges National Monument
10/03   The Burr Trail
10/04   Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
10/05   Escalante
10/06   Escalante Mountains and Red Canyon
10/07   Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park
10/08   Dinosaur Tracks
10/09   Snow Canyon State Park
10/11   Cathedral Gorge State Park
10/12   Sunnyside
10/18   A Week in Sunnyside
10/19   Mule Deer Hunting
10/21   Leaving Las Vegas
10/22   Death Valley National Park
10/23   Uphill Against the Wind
10/24   Ridgecrest
10/26   Red Rock Canyon State Park
10/27   Lancaster
10/28   LAX
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017

Fred's Bike Shop


tl;dr: I swapped out my frame and finally left Des Moines.

I spent yesterday doing absolutely nothing. I'm pretty good at being lazy, but still it grated. At least this morning my legs don't actively ache.

This morning after getting yelled at by a Wendy's employee for loitering (because I was waiting outside for the bicycle shop next door to open) I visited three more bike shops, and none of them had anything close to the seatpost I needed.

But Fred's Bike Shop had a Raleigh frame they would sell me cheap. They also rent out workshop space and offer expertise as needed. It took me four hours and minimal use of a hacksaw to transfer every component from my old Montague Swiss Bike frame to my new even older Raleigh frame.

I highly recommend Fred's Bike Shop if you need to work on your bike in Des Moines.

I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to escape the city before dark, but it turns out Des Moines has an extensive network of dedicated bicycle paths throughout the city, and you can get on them near downtown. I ended up on the Great Western Trail heading south. There were a lot of other cyclists on this trail, and every single one of them going in my direction passed me. I'm so slow. I followed the trail about ten miles out of town and found a place to camp in a large wooded area the trail cut through.

I have spent three nights in a row in hotels. That cut into my quota. I'll be camping a lot for a while.

While bike around Des Moines trying to find a seatpost for my bike.

Still biking around trying to find a seatpost for my bike.

I'm getting a new frame (left). Old frame (right) is already partially stripped.

Almost all of the components have been transfered.

My old frame. You can see the crack by looking for the slight bend beneath the seatpost.

Fred's Bike Shop is where you should go if you need bike work in Des Moines.

a few geese

filling up with water along the Great Western Trail

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