I’m taking over the writing here to update you on Becky’s RAGBRAI journey. I do this for friends and family, so thought it would be worth sharing with her clients following online.
Becky and her sister-in-law, Toni, headed out for Iowa last Friday. Toni got to our house a little before 10, but they ran into complications with the new bike carrier and didn’t get on the road until after noon. Both of their bikes have small frames, so getting them on the standard size carrier was a challenge.
Toasting their arrival and the start of this year’s adventure.
This RAGBRAI route is in the northern part of the State. It’s a little shorter at under 450 miles, but very hilly… or as Becky said, small mountains…. She had been worried about getting through Chicago, but said getting to Chicago was worse. Lots of road construction. Then at the end of the trip, Google took her on a lot of county roads. She said it was pretty going around cuts into the hillside, but it wasn’t a direct route.
They had been concerned about rain forecasts in Iowa for Friday, but the rain had stopped when they got there. Unfortunately, the camp site was still wet and muddy. It wasn’t a huge campsite, but Becky was still concerned that there were only two Kybos for the whole site.
Saturday morning there were some issues with their bags when they got to the charter bus. They are allowed 50 lb and they’re always pushing it to the limit. Because of the wet tents they were over, so they had to do some creative repacking. The trip to the West side of Iowa was uneventful, though most of the trip was through Minnesota… that’s how far north they were. Becky said everyone sounds like extras from Fargo with the accents and speech patterns.
Becky and Toni on the Pea Pod
Saturday night’s campsite was a little better. They found a grassy spot to set up. Rich, the guy that traveled with them in the past, bailed this year. Apparently some health problems. Becky had bought some blow-up seats. They blow up by whipping them around to catch the wind and then they look like a big pea pod. Toni didn’t have room for hers, so they shared one. It got them off the ground, but she said it was tough not rolling against each other.
They always seem to find Ice Cream. They’re still hunting for the Maple Bacon Ice Cream they had a couple of years ago…
Sunday was the first day of riding. It was about a 60 mile day. Unfortunately they missed the sign for the campsite and added about 7 miles to the day. Becky said it went pretty well, but she was really yawning when we talked at about 9:30 last night. She was bummed that the battery charger on her bike wasn’t working so she was having to find places to charge the phone. Becky found the craft beer tent along the way. They met up and found ice cream and walking tacos along the way too. Last night was Chinese noodles for supper.
I’ve heard from her a couple of times today and she’s doing okay, though a little sore. She bought a new bicycle seat and hadn’t broken it in before leaving. Apparently it’s breaking HER in at this point. She’s better than 3/4’s of the way through today, so she’ll be fine.
I think those are the highlights. I’ll also post some things to BergerAud15 on twitter if you want to follow that.