Day 7 - Coralville to Davenport, 65.6 miles, 2363 feet of climb
389 miles down, only 65 to go. Damn. Even just writing this blawg, the week has gone too fast. Those who have never done it will never understand it, but I'm getting goosebumps thinking about the week that lies ahead. Here's what we have lined up for the final day:
Blackstone, 503 Westbury Drive in Iowa City
I know I covered Blackstone in Day 6's blawg, but inadvertently. I'm sure many riders will make their way to or overnight in Iowa City, but it's technically a Day 7 stop. And I have learned some new things about Blackstone's promotion since yesterday's writing. So, starting 6AM on Saturday, Blackstone will have Hair of the Dawg Bloody Marys in complimentary water bottles (nice!), Bacon Egg & Cheese Biscuits, Breakfast Burritos, free bottled water and a New Belgium Fat Tire Bike giveaway (I saw the bike today and it is a SWEET ride). Additionally, Blackstone is hosting a RAGBRAI party on Friday, July 29. Any table with a RAGBRAI wristband will receive one free appetizer or flatbread.
Herb & Lou's, 105 N. Downey in West Branch
Known for their amazing pizza, Herb & Lou's will be serving Breakfast Pizza, a Breakfast Buffet and Fruit. But I think it's worth the stop just for their cookies. Hands down the best chocolate chip (chunk) cookies I've ever had, and I'm not a huge chocolate chip fan. The cookie itself tastes like good, buttery toffee, and is filled with huge chunks of dark chocolate. I picked some up today when I was there delivering banners. But I digress. This is your second-to-last chance to have a tasty Hair of the Dawg Bloody Mary before packing it home.
Dew Drop Inn, 602 5th St. in Durant
Almost 30 miles to the next Dawghouse, the Dew Drop Inn. They will have their grill fired up for lunch specials, and Hair of the Dawg Bloody Mary, Margaritas and Mojitos on hand (last chance for our revolutionary Mojito).
The Lampliter Inn, 143 S. Grove in Walcott
The Last Dawg to Die... this "Best Bar in Scott County" is our last stop. It's a little off the beaten path, but look for their HUGE banners for directions when you get to town. Try their famous Homemade Pizza or their incredible Deep Fried Pork Choooooooooooop Sandwich. Cool down with a Hair of the Dawg Margarita on their covered deck or under their outside water mister. Heck... you might have so much fun in their beer garden or playing volleyball you might not want to go on to Davenport. And rumor is that support vehicles will have pretty easy access to riders that prefer to be picked up in Walcott. But the best reason of all to stop...drum roll... enter your name in a drawing for a Hair of the Dawg Bike Jersey! Winner will be notified by e-mail the week following RAGBRAI.
So that's it. Just 14 miles to go. Slow down, take it all in, and savor it. We'll be blawging along the way next week, so be sure to check in if you get the chance along the road, or read it to relive the week after you trudge back into the real world. It's a great cure for the RAGBRAI hangover, along with a little Hair of the Dawg, of course! ;o)