Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Here's a report on RAGBRAI from Jan Tarr.
During the week of July 25, Rick, Jan, Julie and Ellen did RAGBRAI, the world's largest bicycling event. The 7-day event crosses Iowa via a different route each year from the Missouri to the Mississippi Rivers.
The route this year was (officially) 442 miles long (one of the flatter and shorter routes in the event's history) and the days varied from 82 to 48 miles. One of the great things about the event is the phenomenal
level of community buy-in in both the overnight and pass-through towns (one has to be careful not to put on pounds due to the enormous number of cookie, pie, meal, gatorade, pasta, pork chop, cinnamon roll, etc. stops!). It's not a race, so riders set their own paces throughout. For some riders this involves drinking a spectacular amount of beer along the way. Overall, it's a unique rolling party, very family friendly, and an outrageous amount of fun (and not bad exercise either).
Thanks for Mark Person we were able to all spend one or more days cruising in style on a Cannondale Tandem!