Done with Monday on RAGBRAI and the longest day of the week…72 miles of mostly rolling hills and warmer than yesterday. It was still a great day to ride as the roads were almost all smooth. I waited until 9 AM to start because of rain. I had breakfast in Manning, about 23 miles from Dennison. They had a giant American flag on their all cobblestone Main Street and I also found one of the oldest and craziest teams on the ride, Team Bad Boy which has been on the ride over 30 years.
I rode awhile with some of team Air Force which is 130 strong this year and every member is required to give assistance to any rider along the side of the road whether medical or mechanical. They all have on their jerseys Guardian Angels Of The Ride. I also rode with Team Cops, all law enforcement officers who have their jerseys Riding For Our Fallen Comrades who have been attacked.
Templeton was a great stop as the home of world famous Templeton Rye whiskey doing a brisk food business selling Templeton Rye Bacon Brownies.
Coon rapids was the meeting town with shade and lunch at the 46 mile mark. Then on to the headwinds to the tiny town of Scranton before rolling into Jefferson where I am staying with the same hosts that I had in 2008. Tuesday it is on to Ames and 10 less miles and less hills. Still having fun 39 years on this ride! – SH
Steve Hexom’s ragbrai journey kicked off Sunday, here’s his Monday morning update from Dennison, IA.