RAGBRAI, Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is more than just a bike ride, it is an epic eight-day rolling festival of bicycles, music, food, camaraderie, and community. It is the oldest, largest, and longest multi-day bicycle touring event in the world.
RAGBRAI started this morning at Sioux City, Iowa and if you’re so inclined just read all the details online. This is the 50th year for RAGBRAI and I heard one news feature that said the ride from Ames to Des Moines could easily have 100,000 riders! Incredible!
I’ve never ridden on RAGBRAI but have witnessed it several times. It’s going to get so very hot this week in Iowa – typical of the ride. Can you just imagine 50,000 bicycles coming into your town? How about if they all spent the night? People sleeping outside, in tents, in volunteer homes, in RV’s, busses, trailers – they’re everywhere! And they all need to eat, use a bathroom, sleep – yikes!
People from all over the world travel to Iowa to ride their bikes from the Missouri River on the west side of the state to the Mississippi River on the east side of the state. They dip their back tire in the Missouri and the front tire in the Mississippi. It’s a tradition!
This is Day 1
A picture is worth a thousand words!