Thursday, July 26, 2012

2012 Moonshine Metric Date Announced

We had so much fun last year, let's do this again!

Q: So what is it?
A: A metric century on gravel run entirely at night.  Admission:  FREE.

Q: Really?  When?
A: September 29th, 2012 (full moon, sucka!)  Exact start time is TBD, but it'll be either 6 or 7pm depending on how late the one gas station on the route is open.

Q: So what's the course like then?
A:  65 miles of premium Iowa gravel with about 10% of that in the form of some sweet ass B roads.  There's some pavement in there as well, but we keep that at a minimum.

Q: Dude, that sounds awesome!  Gimme some more details!
A: You betcha.  This is a ride of gentlemanly nature and no timings, placings, stats or touchdowns will be recorded.  This is intended to be a no drop ride, but if you can't hold at least a 10MPH average then you may find yourself off the back (I don't want to be out on the road still at 2am).  Don't worry though, cue sheets will be provided and bailout points will be marked.  Basically you just have to keep up with me and I'm all slow and junk, so if you can do at least 11-12MPH on a moderately hilly gravel metric then you should be fine.

Q: So that's all cool and all, but what do we do when we're done?  I'm going to be all wired up, yaknow.
A: We got you covered there as well.  After the ride you can plan on hanging out for the post ride potluck and bonfire.  Bring your beverage of choice and if you so desire, a plate to share.  Last year we hung around the fire until 3am. 

Q: Sweet! Are there any other things I should know?
A: Yep.  This ride is self supported and YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DAMN SELF.  Don't be stupid.  If you end up being stupid anyway (happens to me all the time) no one will bail you out.  Keep that in mind at all times and you should be shiny.

Q: Right on!  How do I sign up?
A: Fire off an email to and you're in.  All I need to know is your name, but if you want to tell me more about yourself then feel free.  I'll be posting the roster on this site, so if you're one of those shy/private/paranoid types then I'll allow for a pseudonym of my choosing to post in place of your real name.  I still need your real name for my personal keeping-track-of-stuffedness though, but I'll keep it to myself.  Pinky swear.

Q: Alright, I'm in.  Will you be providing regular updates?
A: Of course.  Just keep checking this site for any new developments.


  1. There's a couple options. If anyone wants to pitch a tent in my backyard then they're welcome to. I'll just need some advanced notice so that I have an idea of how much space we'll need. One thing to note, I live two blocks from some active train tracks so keep that in mind.

    If you're looking for more of a campground experience the closest campground would be at Lake MacBride, which is about 15 miles away.

    There's also a couple hotel/motels in town if that's your cup of tea. I'll be posting an update within the next couple days to go over lodging in more detail.

    1. Hey Craig,

      I tried to email you but it keeps getting sent back. Sign me up for the Moonshine. Thanks.

      Josh Lederman

  2. Gotcha down. I sent you an email, mostly to see if it'd go through.