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RAGBRAI 2016, The Finale!

WE MADE IT!!! 449.4 miles! A few rain drops, two broken spokes, a few more hills and the dipping of our bike tires into the Mississippi in Muscatine, IA = a successful Ragbrai 2016! We are exhausted and saddle sore but planned our next Ragbrai in 2017 on our drive home today! Thank you to our family and friends for all the kind words, …

RAGBRAI 2016, Night 7 Day 6

Ragbrai 2016, Night 7, Day 6, 2,543 feet of climb Night and day difference with the weather! It stayed overcast most of the day with temps in the low 70’s. Beautiful riding weather. Our 68.5 mile ride took us through Hedrick, Hayesville, Sigourney, Wooden Wheel Vineyard. A fee scary moments today as a biker didn’t look as he was moving over which pushed us …

RAGBRAI 2016, Night 6, Day 5 of Riding

Ragbrai 2016, Night 6, Day 5 of riding….today was 57.6 miles and only 1,999 feet of climbing! It was a great ride with some incredible views. We traveled through the towns of Rathbun, Moravia, Unionville, Blakesburg and the host town of Ottumwa. Inspired again by many as we rode with a gentleman who is a paraplegic, a couple bikers who are amputees, 9 to …

RAGBRAI 2016 Night 5, Day 4 of Riding

Ragbrai 2016 Night 5, Day 4 of riding…today was 65.1 miles and only a 2,708 ft climb! Great ride today! We have yet to walk any of these hills! Someone recently told us the Ragbrai is like the State Fair on wheels. We AGREE! We are now over past yhe half way spot of Ragbrai with over 200 miles completed. No mechanical problems (only …

RAGBRAI 2016, Night 4, Day 3

Ragbrai Night 4 Day 3 of riding… Today was 58.2 miles and 3,318 feet climb. Sunny skies, warm temps and more hills. The first 20 miles today peeled off good. The roads were in much better shape. No bike break downs today!! We biked a little with the Air Force team that helped us yesterday. Garrett was riding when a 14 year boy abruptly …

RAGBRAI 2016, Night 3, Day 2 Riding

Today was grueling! Almost 4,000 ft of climbing! Unbelievable hills that never ended for the whole 76 miles.Breakfast in Essex was awesome! Aaron loved the egg bowl with apple cinnamon pecan French toast. We experienced a lot of bike problems today. A HUGE THANK YOU to The Airforce (Team Hill out of Utah) came to our rescue (even willing to help a former Marine). …

RAGBRAI 2016 Day 2

54 miles completed! Search of bikers at starting point. Impressive to see all ages biking! Great hospitality from all of the towns! At one of the stops, we saw another tandem bike and the wife was the captain (driver of the bike) and we asked how she got to be captain as I have been asking for 3 years. Aaron was in such shock …

Ragbrai 2016 Day 1

Ragbrai 2016 is now! Day 1 completed! We made it to Glenwood; the starting point of Ragbrai. What started out as “hey, guys we should do the Ragbrai in 2016” and “It would be so fun to ride bike for a week” to we are REALLY doing this, we are on the bus heading to Ragbrai. No turning back!! When our children were younger, …

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