Mississippi River bound…
A few big Thank You’s on this last day:
To Pork Belly Ventures—Pete and Tammy and their hard-working crew kept us sheltered and showered and schlepped our gear from town to town. We couldn’t have asked for more.
Of course, there are lots of ways to roll on RAGBRAI. We met three guys from Florida who are hauling all of their own gear on their bikes. They’re pedaling harder than we are, but having a blast.
Another group starts working their phone network soon after the route is announced, lining up indoor beds and couches in each overnight town. Team member Robert Birkby of Seattle has lots of scouting contacts to help, since he’s the author of the Boy Scout Handbook. But he has to explain that he’s not interested in camping.
Thanks to the Des Moines Register for sponsoring this great event for 41 years, and for all the nice reporters we met along the way who are covering it. We can’t imagine a better way for a newspaper to connect with and showcase its community.
Thanks to the bakers and broilers and bottled water vendors who kept us fed and hydrated all week. This includes Julie Hill who rounded out our pie chart yesterday with a yummy cherry pie. (Lard crust. ) Hope the kids in Keota enjoy their new school gym floor.
And to our fellow riders who shared sweat and music and encouragement, thanks for being so nice as you passed us. Many slowed down to say how much you enjoy NPR (and Iowa Public Radio!) which is gratifying. More than one said this Tumblr is helping explain to the folks back home what makes RAGBRAI so special. If we managed to capture a little of that spirit, we’ve achieved our goal.
And speaking of goals….63 miles to Fort Madison and the Mississippi. If you see us on the road today, wave!
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