Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ragbrai Monday (81 mi)

We are starting to establish a routine of waking up at 5:30am, on the road shortly after 6am, and pancakes at the Chris Pancake stop with little lines that makes waking up so early worth it. The small towns of IA are pretty amazing with historic town squares with beautiful buildings which reminds me of how towns are made in europe. It's also pretty overwhelming the amount of bicycles on the road. Although they don't officially close the roads we're on, these are low traffic county roads that we have to ourselves.

We finally get a taste of pie in IA this day. It's sort of a RAGBRAI thing for all the church ladies to bake pies for the riders. I think i averaged 2 pieces per day and they varied in quality. Really not a bad food for riding.

Below is a rider with her dog in a carrier. You can't really see it, but she has a padded top bar of her bike where the dog's legs rest when she's riding. I overheard her say this is the dog's 5th RAGBRAI.

And here is ceri making his contribution to the corn. Easier for him, rough on my thighs!

This night, we stayed in Greenfield, IA in a campground. We had loud neighbors and the men in tents secretly wished adele would scream her head off in the middle of the night, which (thankfully), she did not.

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