The 2009 Spring Crank and Camp is only 5 weeks away. So get your bike out and start riding. While you're at it, dust off your camping gear and drag those sleeping bags out of the attic.
Please read the details below so that you can plan accordingly and feel free to leave a comment if you have specific questions.
Who: Anyone with a bike that can ride 57 miles safely
What: Spring Crank and Camp (bike ride down the Wabash to Coin, IA to camp overnight and bike back the following day)
When: Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th
Where: Meet at the Iowa West Foundation Trailhead Park park between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on the 18th to load up your gear. Then ride down the Wabash to Coin, IA. Some riders will continue down the Wabash to the Missouri border in Blanchard then head back to Coin, IA to camp. If you want to make an earlier start, leave a comment and we can coordinate loading your gear on Friday night instead of Saturday morning. That way you can start as early as you want on Saturday.
Why: Because it's fun and a healthy challenge.
Cost: Camping fees are $5 per tent plus $2 per person. Each rider will also need to purchase 2 one day passes ($1 each day) or a season pass ($10 for the year) in order to ride on the Wabash Trace.
What we transport for you: Each rider should bring one sleeping bag, bedroll, tent, and a SMALL bag (for clothes/non-perishable food). Keep in mind that average temps historically have been around 41ºF to 65ºF with a record high of 88ºF and a record low of 25º. Watch the weather forecast and pack accordingly. Anything else you want to bring will need to be carried on your bike to Coin and back. Leave a comment if you want to make a special arrangement to bring something else and we will see if we can accommodate you.
Food: Each rider will be responsible for the cost of meals along the way. Some of the smaller towns will not take credit cards, so bring some cash as well.
Safety: Each person should travel with a cell phone and with one other rider. If the rider has mechanical or physical issues and can not complete the ride, it will be that riders responsibility to arrange transportation back home and to pick up there transported gear at a later date. There will be people attending with a WIDE range of a abilities, so it shouldn't be difficult to find somebody you can ride with. Please do not ride Solo. Each rider will also need to carry the necessary tools and supplies to fix any mechanical issues they might have along the way. Patch kit, pump/CO2, multi-tools, and spare tubes are good things to always have with you when you ride.
RAIN/MUD: If the forecast calls for rain, we will post here if the trip down the Wabash will be canceled. We will NOT ride the Wabash if it is muddy as it would damage the trail. We will check trail conditions on Friday afternoon, and post on Bike Omaha by 8:00 p.m. with "Go"/"No Go" details.