Wow, an experience! I've been immersed for a full week into a culture I've never experienced before - RAGBRAI!
Too tired and too much to do to give much of a detailed report but here are some pictures and a few of my impressions:
Glad I had the experience - it's so unique and hard to explain until you have been there. And what is better than riding bike all week long!
RAGBRAI may have a circus like atmosphere but it is a bike ride to be taken seriously - the official route was 471 miles and I think we had a few more than adding the miles getting to and from our camp each day. And IOWA IS NOT FLAT! Lots of climbing, especially on day 2 which was also a long day (around 80 miles).
All sorts of riders; from CAT racers to those who dusted off their Huffy 10 speed to join the ride for a few miles.
A million different bikes!
Solar showers work well!
The route was gorgeous; winding roads along some very picturesque farm land and river valleys. Going through the Amana colonies has a totally differet feel from visitng them by car.
Did not see any naked-beer-slip-and-slides. Not saying they weren't out there but there are all sorts of RAGBRAI experiences and my RAGBRAI experience was early to bed, early to rise!