Here's a link to what I'm taking as the answer to what's up with the route on day one. Duffy's out riding ragbrai out this week. Think of that when you're at work tomorrow. I know I will.
Duffy's Blog - Day 1
On another note, Shen ride is this weekend. 60 miles down on Saturday, then back on Sunday. I need the miles. The commute isn't giving me what it used to for miles. The lovely Mrs. 2wheel is accompanying me with 2 wheels of her own - not in sag support as she's done in years past. Dig it.