Saturday, December 10, 2011

More Pictures

More pictures from 2011:

If you would like a high resolution copy of any of the pictures, just drop me a line... David

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Team Pictures

I think we captured everyone that made it to the Davenport meeting site between these two pictures. And you have to love the raised hands.

I'll post a link as soon as possible with more pictures and higher resolution images of these three pictures.

Thanks Team Simpson for another great ride!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Signs Along the Way

I have been thinking about the wonderful new Kent Campus Center that we will soon have at Simpson. Part of the reason it has been so much on my mind right now is that demolition began this week on the old Brenton Student Center. Signs like the one above have also kept me thinking about the exciting new project that will be available for Simpson students next fall.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Neighborhood Friends

Here you see Anne and Tom '75 Shandley, Cathy Shandley Harris '77, and Bob Shandley '85. The Shandley kids grew up just north of the Simpson campus on C Street. We were glad to have them with us on RAGBRAI this year.

Trustees on the Trail

Team Simpson was joined on the ride by Simpson trustees Rich Willis '74, Rose Kleyweg Mitchell '77, Fred Hubbell, and David Weesner. Pictured above, Rich Willis, Rose Mitchell, and her husband Jerry '76, all Simpson alums, take a break in Bondurant.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Amy Usher Gregston

Talk about service from our leaders--Bryan woke up with a red and irritated left eye and next thing we know, Chris had scheduled an appt. with a doctor in Indianola. Found out has an eye infection. Good day into Altoona. Had a fabulous pumpkin bar and cinnamon roll in one of the small towns. Drove to Beth King Coffey's house to have a shower and relaxing day in her AC house. Off to Spaghetti Works dinner and then back to the tent in Altoona.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Top 5 List

Since I only got to do half the ride this year, I will do half a Top Ten List. What follows would be my Top 5 things on the RAGBRAI Ride 2011:

#5 My friend and c0-rider Shawn breaking out his new expo-purchased gloves for the ride on Sunday morning, only to complain about how he did not get a very good deal. Once, however, he figured out the gloves were on the wrong hands and the padding NOT on his palms . . . 30 miles into the ride . . . it seemed a better purdchase.

#4 All the great hospitality of our hosts on the over night stops . . . including the "all you can eat" pasta special at the United Methodist Church in Carroll and the wonderful host families in Glenwood and Atlantic.

#3 The Dedham Bologna-inspired conversation about bologna and SPAM as staples of many of our childhoods, but realizing, that we have never fed it to our children . . . then repeating again that night.

#2 McQueen leading the entire Bloomers patrons . . . willing or unwilling . . . in a rousing rendition of the wave. Whoooooooo!

#1 The awesome job that the Team Simpson group did in making the ride so much fun and making Team Simpson a great RAGBRAI family . . . especially since my own family bailed on me this year.

I am truly thankful to have been a part of RAGBRAI 2011. Have a great rest of the week.

Bob Krapfl

Overnight in Boone

We are enjoying wonderful hospitality in the Simpson family with Jerry and Joyce Peterson hosting us at their home in Boone. Also pictured with them above is their son, Jordan, a 2010 Simpson grad who will be starting medical school at the University of Iowa this fall, the Carver College of Medicine.

The Peterson's other son, Grant, also graduated from Simpson, in 2006, and attended medical school at the University of Iowa as well.

As you can see from the photo above, the Petersons have a beautiful back yard that is totally shaded at 2 p.m. I know that we are going to enjoy a very comfortable evening here at their home.

From antiques to high tech

Iowans are proud of their agricultural heritage and as we have ridden across Iowa, we have been able to enjoy farm machinery from antiques to the latest new equipment. Here you will see a 1926 McCormick Deering tractor that was parked in Pilot Mound and a spanking new John Deere planter spied in Paton that we think had 64 rows (we tried to count them!). Many Iowans have their equipment on display for the enjoyment of the RAGBRAI riders.

Entertainment in Manning on Monday

Every day on the route one town is designated as the meeting town. It is usually about halfway through the day's route and offers a variety of activities for the RAGBRAI riders. During entertainment in the city park in Manning, Monday's meeting town, one of the featured acts was called "Nuns on the Run," a group that lip synced popular songs with lyrics adapted to their "calling." The group was popular with the riders who offered thunderous applause after each of their numbers.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Day 2

I made it throughout the second day and the hilly course. I thought the route was horrible-I hate all the hills. One hill after another. Ate a delicious cinnamon roll and a great dinner at the UMC in Carroll. I do love Team Simpson and you all should think of doing Ragbrai with us some year.

Day Two

It wouldn't be possible for us to enjoy RAGBRAI without wonderful overnight hosts. Last night we were able to stay at the home of Bob '59 and Judy Camblin in Atlantic. They had a great camping spot for us across the street from their house. Picture above, Hal '57 and Greta '57 Bryan talk with Bob Camblin '59 about their days at Simpson College.

Day One

One of the big attractions on day one was the opportunity to have your picture taken with the World's Biggest Bicycle in Lewis, Iowa. This was a project for fifth graders at Griswold Community School to help raise funds for a field trip. The bicycle was created by Duane Weirich and is 32 feet long and 16 feet tall with 12-foot-wide wheels.

I was able to enjoy the spot with my son-in-law, Jeff Crowson, of St. Louis, Missouri.

RAGBRAI 2011 – Team Simpson gets ready to head out

Team Simpson gathers at the home of Mike '91 and Julie Godbout in Glenwood, Iowa, eager to start the team's third RAGBRAI. A rain shower kept us from immediately unloading our tents and setting up camp, but we were fortunate that Mike and Julie had a great garage for us to put our gear before we got started.

Friends in High Places

Officer John Westering, parent of current student, Erin Westering '13 cheered Team Simpson on while he worked an intersection outside Lewis. The Westerings reside in Atlantic.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Let the fun begin!

Jenny Irwin mentioned today she saw 1Million Spokes this week- the documentary about RAGBRAI. She was scouring the movie for Team Simpson jerseys and right at the end of the movie at the dipsite, she walked by the camera sporting hers. Coincidence? I think not.

To get you in the mood, try searching RAGBRAI on YouTube.

Put my tent up last night to air out. Three ten year olds said "Cool! Can we sleep in it tonight?" Because they looked so darn cute, I broke my no-sleepovers-when-I-have-to-work-the-next-day rule just this once. I settled them in playing cards by the lantern's light, sure they would be asleep by 11. At 4 a.m., I investigated a strange noise and found my son in the dark, in the kitchen, arms full of various foods. "Hi mom!" Not sure he learned a lesson... but I did.

See you tomorrow!


Simpson Jersey on the Beach

You never know where a Simpson biking jersey will show up! Jason Luedtke '10 is pictured wearing his 2011 Team Simpson jersey while training for RAGBRAI near Rodanthe, NC in the outer banks area.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Greetings Team! I've seen rookie rider Beth King Coffey zipping past my house all spring so am confident she will make Team A, although I know many of her classmates prefer a more leisurely pace with targeted stops and they will encourage her to slow down and enjoy the "scenery". Jenny Palmer Irwin sometimes answers her cell phone from remote trails, so I know she is training, as well. Rest assured that Bob and I have been lifting weights in preparation for hoisting your bags up to the Ryder truck. As you pack, remember the cardinal rule- no bags bigger than me. See you soon! -Leslie Midget Held, driver/chauffuer extraordinaire.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Link to Team Simpson

Like a well-oiled chain the days almost silently tick by, each revolution of our pedals brings us one day closer to RAGBRAI XXXIX. In 34 days (or just under 5 short weeks) we will begin our two-wheel trek across Iowa together. Thanks to the hard work of Chris Goodale, Aaron Page, Leslie Held and Bob Lane – just four of the links in a chain that will make sure your personal efforts will continue to propel you forward – most of the organizing details are done. While we focus on things like gathering the needed snacks and beverages, your pre-RAGBRAI focus should be seat time on the bike and preparing and packing your gear.

This past weekend, my husband and I biked to the Des Moines Farmer’s Market on a training ride. I couldn’t help but marvel at the number of cycling friends we came across quite unexpectedly. After two friends spontaneously joined us for the entire return trip home it dawned on me that other riders might benefit from connecting with other cycling enthusiasts. While we don’t expect to try and coordinate a specific event like a team training ride we will provide this blog as a way to ‘link’ our team virtually before the start of RAGBRAI. Anyone is welcome – encouraged, in fact – to post your training ride, ask a biking question or even just share a funny biking story. Think of a post as a link in a chain – with each virtual link we’ll make the chain that is Team Simpson. Our rider list and their home towns are listed on the Team Simpson web site. As you can see we not only have riders in the numerous communities close to campus but Team Simpson also has riders from many states across the country.

Whether your chain is already slicked down with a state-of-the-art synthetic or slightly rusty from a lack of use I encourage you to check out our packing list to help you prepare. I have found RAGBRAI’s training blog to be helpful and their 15 week training plan to be an informative benchmark by which to judge your own training. RAGBRAI’s main blog always has new information, including daily posts on recent route inspection rides. The BikeIowa web site is a great place to find local rides and cycling news. The Des Moines bike collective publishes a weekly ride list that some Team Simpson members may be able to join and they also publish a comprehensive listing of central Iowa bike trail maps as well.

Since we also have many Team Simpson riders from outside the central Iowa area there is also the cycling blog from Cycling Magazine. My favorite is a GPS mapping blog called All Over the Map. I hope to continue cycling for years and All Over The Map lets me dream of cycling in other states. (Hey, team members from California – the blog entry on May 17th of mapping California could be particularly helpful.)

Do you have a ‘link’ that’s been particularly helpful? Share it. Need more information or concerned about a particular detail? Don’t be afraid to ask. Hopefully we’ll continue to add links to the Team Simpson chain. After all, it’s hard to get anywhere on a bike without a chain. Be safe on your training rides and keep the rubber on the road.


This week’s cool cycling resource:

The Des Moines bike collective advocates for safe cycling in Des Moines and bike trail expansion. One of their more creative endeavors is a refurbished bike program. They offer low cost bikes for sale that have been donated to the program and refurbished. This may be the perfect option for a person looking for an inexpensive way to get into cycling.