Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Great Bike Ride...

It's called the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa -- RAGBRAI, for short -- and for the 14th summer in a row the husb crossed his home Hawkeye State, on bicycle with his buddies, Team Spare Tire.

RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.  It all started back in 1973 as a challenge between two writers for the Des Moines Register and a few readers to go see the state and write columns. Today, it has flourished into a non-competitve Tour de Iowa with 15,000 to 20,000 registered riders on any given day from every state and overseas. The seven-day trek takes riders from the western edge of Iowa, beginning with a dip of their back tire in the Missouri River,  eastward, covering nearly 500 miles of country roads -- over hills and straight-aways -- until they finally dip their tires into the mighty Mississippi.

Prince Charles joined his Dad six years ago, but only rode 3 days this year.  That is 3 more days than you'll ever see his Mom ride!  Also joining Brad this year was his biking buddy Roger, who said this ride was on his bucket list.  Here they are after completing seven days on the bike.

1 comment:

Thimbleanna said...

Wow, that sounds like a lot of fun. I'd love to do something like that. Can you take it at a liesurely pace LOL?

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