This was my first time riding in RAGBRAI. For a few years I had a friend tell me I needed to be a part of this week long journey and what a ride and journey it was. Nothing could have prepared me for the overwhelming feeling of being surrounded by 15,000 of your closest cycling friends all day every day.
Starting on west side of the state I dipped my tires into the Big Sioux River and then 6 days later, on the east side of the state I dipped my tires into the Mississippi.
This was our schedule:
Sunday, July 23
Orange City to Spencer – 61 miles
Monday, July 24
Spencer to Algona (with the optional Karras Loop) – 100 miles
Tuesday, July 25
Algona to Clear Lake – 48 miles
Wednesday, July 26
Clear Lake to Charles City – 46 miles
Thursday, July 27
Charles City to Cresco – 50 miles
Friday, July 28
Cresco to Waukon – 42 miles
Since returning I have been spreading the word and trying to convince my friends to sign up and do the ride next year, I might even have a few convinced.
RAGBRAI is a rolling party, an experience that I can’t wait to share with others. I know I am ready to register for the 2018 ride