Okay, if you 1) live within, say, 60-70 miles of Storm Lake, Iowa, and 2) are thinking of buying a bicycle or related paraphernalia (or a hot tub or exercise machine), go to Lakeshore Cyclery & Fitness. Nice people, fabulous service, an amazing array and selection of bicycles, and a friendly store cat (Tigger). And if you talk about your outrageous student loans and crack a few jokes, you might even get a small discount (worked for me, and we know it ain’t my looks).
Middle Earth Mileage, Hobbiton to Rivendell: 22 miles — “Road rolls up and down” (in the Shire, maybe. Not in NW Iowa).