Information trail: Hunters use trail cameras to gain edge in deer season preparation
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Information trail: Hunters use trail cameras to gain edge in deer season preparation

CLAYTON, Ill. -- Ross Benton loaded the photo card into his laptop and waited patiently for everything to download. "Last time I did this, I had more than 500 images," he said. "Three were worth looking at." Those three told one heck of a story.

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RAGBRAI Day 7: Connecting future and past
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RAGBRAI Day 7: Connecting future and past

I'm quite sorry to have kept everyone waiting on my last RAGBRAI blog, but as it turns out, if you cycle some 430 odd miles in a week, your first order of business when you get home is to sleep for a whole day and eat junk food!

RAGBRAI Day 6: Headwind in the Hawkeye State
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RAGBRAI Day 6: Headwind in the Hawkeye State

Today was college spirit day on RAGBRAI, and of course I was wearing my Iowa Hawkeye bike jersey! Since we are in the Hawkeye state, I wasn't the only one and I had fun today collecting photos of other people wearing my same jersey.

Prepping equipment is crucial part of hunt
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Prepping equipment is crucial part of hunt

If the joy of summer has swept you away and the thought of doing anything on a chilly October morning makes you cringe, it's understandable. You have to enjoy beautiful weather when you can. But you can't get so overwhelmed by savory temperatures...

RAGBRAI Day 5: The trifecta of Jumps
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RAGBRAI Day 5: The trifecta of Jumps

I'm sitting here writing this blog fromt he volunteer fire department in Douds, Iowa, population 175, where currently there are maybe 3,000 cyclists milling about the main drag.

RAGBRAI DAY 4: The struggle bus
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RAGBRAI DAY 4: The struggle bus

I rode my bike 90 miles today. That's a long way. After a nice morning that started at 5 a.m., we rode a little harder than previous days.

RAGBRAI Day 3: The shortest route and a sweet corn cannon
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RAGBRAI Day 3: The shortest route and a sweet corn cannon

Day 3 can be summed up with the word "perfect." The Winterset to Indianola section of the route is the shortest day at only 40 miles with the whole day to go and only three-and-half hours on the bike in front of us.

RAGBRAI Day 2: Pie every 20 miles
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RAGBRAI Day 2: Pie every 20 miles

After a cold and hilly ride on Sunday, which was fun despite my not one but two flat tires from a piece of metal I picked up somewhere, Monday dawned as a beautiful day. Blue skies full of puffy clouds and highs in the low 80s. That is perfect cycling weather.

RAGBRAI Day 1: A river of bikes
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RAGBRAI Day 1: A river of bikes

Every time you do a big ride like RAGBRAI , you trhink you know how to prepare. I spent the last week in a panic about the impending heat wave, but here I sit at St. Mary's Church in Avcoa, Iowa, earing a "PopeCicle" after riding 40-plus miles in driving