Stops in Ames and will more likely than not go through my hometown. They went through in...1994? and it was insane. I had a summer job a couple of towns over and got the afternoon off because the community band was playing in the Rose Garden. We did polkas, marches, and show tunes--I don't know how anyone can ride 60 miles on a bicycle and polka around a rose garden, but they did.
Someone in the comments of that article is bitching about the "carbon footprint" of the event. It's a freakin' bicycle ride!
If you really believe carbon dioxide is a "pollutant" you should probably just stop breathing as soon as possible.