Another early morning (4:00 a.m.), because the route today was 79 miles. The good news is it was flat as a pancake! I know that doesn’t sound challenging but as the hours tick by it, the constant pedaling wears on one’s knees and the bike seat gets harder. On a positive note, two days finished and the sun was shining and only light winds.
Today’s video was shot from the first day, but it will give you all a sense of RAGBRAI and just how popular it is. There are young riders, old riders, families who have thousands of dollars invested in their equipment for both parents and children, fit riders, extremely fit riders, not so fit riders, and really not so fit riders; but it’s all good!
People are wonderful on the ride! I have been asked four or five times if I was either okay or needed help–once when I was stretching my leg because my foot fell asleep and another time when I had stopped by the side of the road to rest. Geez, I must look pathetic out there! Ha!
But it’s typical–you see riders help change stranger’s flat tires or put chains back on. It restores your faith in the good of mankind!
Tomorrow’s a short ride so I’m going to try to have a little fun along the way. Hopefully, I’ll have some things to share!