Far be it for me to drive away the few readers who stumble into these pages, but if you're here and haven't been paying attention to the blogroll over to the right, you owe it to yourself to pop in on Local Pal Steve's Zen Biking.
Steve recently completed Trans Iowa V9 (an event so worthy of the word "epic" that it would make those faux-epic Rapha punks soil their overpriced knickers), and is now documenting said adventure via blog. So far, the following chapters are available:
What I find so compelling about this whole endeavor is that if you met Steve in the non-virtual world, you'd think, "That's just a normal guy." He's got a job, a wife, and a kid. He's obviously in killer shape (anyone who spends enough time on his indoor trainer to tag it as the Gopher Wheel Lounge on Facebook would have to be) but I don't think he'd strike you as one of those hyper-obsessed athlete-freaks. Those guys don't tool around town with their wives on the back of a Surly Big Dummy, or bust out their 1939 Colson ballooners for a tweed ride.
So, congrats to Ol' Iron-Scranus, officially the 9th-place finisher of Trans Iowa V9, a swell former neighbor, a canine delicacy, and clearly a guy who knows how to grind some gravel.