Thursday, July 29, 2010


Tuesday, Heather and I completed our first day of Ragbrai ever! The 60 mile route was from Algona to Clear Lake. My dad knows a couple who lives in Algona, Noel and Amy were gracious enough to let us sleep in their basement Monday night...big thanks! Tuesday morning, we started off at the crack of dawn, 6 am, to try and beat the heat!

Ready to roll on the Twinn Schwinn Deluxe!
We were joined by plenty of other riders as the sun came up.
Along with the sun came the could see the haze over the fields.
Our first stop was for breakfast in Wesley.
Back on the bike...this was Heather's view for the 60 miles of the trip
Next stop...Britt, IA. Home of the National Hobo Convention!
Plenty of bikers made the pit stop in Britt.
We even signed the 8 foot tall Hobo cut out!
Back on the road, we came across plenty of interesting people. One such couple, also on a tandem. Their bike was painted black and white, they had matching ears and horns on their helmet, they had matching tandem tattoo's on their calves and their bike had a tail! They inspired year we are shooting for matching jerseys!
The third town we stopped in was Garner, IA
The temperature was rising so we pressed on...but we made a stop at the Smoothie Guys. Peach and Strawberry swirl smoothie, it was so good!
...15 miles to Clear Lake and the sun was out in full force!
As we were riding into Clear Lake, Ryan (a friend from my running club) and his friend Walt caught up to us and rode into town with us. Ryan snapped a few action shots of us!
Myself, Heather and Walt rolling into Clear Lake!
Surf's up in Clear Lake
At the end of our first adventure of Ragbrai...still smiling!
We made it back to the high school and found our truck. One last picture, check out all the bags in the background...all those smelly clothes cooking in the heat of the day!
All in all, we had a great time on Ragbrai! What a great way to take in Iowa, we saw lots of interesting people and had plenty of laughs. We are already thinking about next year! Go RAGBRAI!

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