Hey all. I've been thinking about doing the Dairyland Dare in WI this August. It seems perfect. I've been looking for rides like this - something greater distance and more challenging. I'd love to do the Ragbrai across Iowa, but to be honest, i've been looking around for an organized ride with a greater daily mileage. What happens on a 6 day ride if you can knock out the daily 60-70 miles in a relatively short time..what's to DO the rest of the day? I like to start early and ride steady and fast. But if i get to the next checkpoint so early, i think i'd just be waiting around until the following morning. no?
But i've never done an organized ride like this before so i'm a little hestitant - just because i know so very little about it. Is the route marked? It can't be, right? That's just far to many miles to cover. So what happens if i'm separated from the pack, come to a turn and it's not marked? I've taken long solo trips before and it's no big deal if i get a little sidetracked. But in this case i'd prefer not to have to stop and try to figure out where i am and where i'm going.
So how to long group rides work, anyway? Am i completely wrong and course changes would be marked? Or should i just make damn sure that i keep up with an experienced group and rely on them as a guide?