RAGBRAI ’19 – Council Bluffs

Toni enjoying her row to herself

Friday we drove from Monterey, Indiana to Keokuk, Iowa. It should have been about a 6-1/2 hour drive, but it ended up taking about 8 hours. We were dreading it a bit because it is the first year for this town to host the finale and they seemed to be disorganized. It turned out it wasn’t an issue. Things were easier than expected. We were able to park near where we camped Friday night and then the buses left from near long term parking. We were able to move our packs and things back and forth with the Jeep. Friday night was rough because the temps remained in the high eighties. There were a lot of bugs where we camped, so I couldn’t have my tent open to get any air.

It’s a big Beer Tent!

Saturday morning we boarded the bus before 6:00 am for the 5 hour trip to the starting town of Council Bluffs. We lucked out and both got half a row each to ourselves, so that allowed us to stretch out and get at least a little sleep. The trip was uneventful, but we had a hot afternoon and evening. We did visit a beer tent that gave us some respite. It was still hot Saturday night and I ended up with a couple of additional setbacks. Someone rode over one of my tent fly lines and ripped it out of the stitching. I’m not sure if I will be able to repair it. Then when I was heading to bed, my air mattress deflated. It was hard to sleep! I put my blanket that I use for a pillow under my hip, but then it got cold and needed the blanket to keep warm. I’m going to try and watch for a sporting goods store today and see if I can replace the air mattress. Unfortunately that means I’ll have to carry it along since nothing was open before 6 am today when we headed out. My alarm went off at 4:30 am. Yikes! Even at that though, Toni was up before me.

Toni and I having a beer yesterday afternoon.

We stopped for breakfast this morning in Underwood, about 13 miles in. It’s been raining this morning so instead of being hot as expected, I’m cold! Ha! I guess you never know.

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