RAGBRAI

The 36th annual RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Race Across Iowa) finished up in Leclaire this year.  The Des Moines Register sponsors this bike ride across the state from west to east.  Small Iowa towns host them along the way.   About 13,000 bicyclists ride what they discover is not so flat of a state, dipping their back tire in the Missouri River on the west side of the state, and their front tires in the Mississippi River on the east side of the state.  And many of them party hardy all along the way.  We got caught up in the traffic jam on Saturday morning.  There were many painted school buses that looked like they had time warped from the 1960’s, they hauled gear.  They were pretty much cleared out of town by Saturday afternoon, even though they had to ride 40 miles from the last stop.

Here are some links to see pictures.  Check out the video on the Register’s web site.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=ragbrai&template=landing

http://www.ragbrai.org/