For those that don't know about it, RAGBRAI stands for Registers (capital city news paper) Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. Imagine trying to go anywhere during the day (6 am to 7 pm) with many roads closed to vehicles for the riders, all 20,000 of them.
The ride started this morning from Glenwood on the West border near the Missouri River and ends Saturday night at the Mississippi River at Muscatine. One team lost their RV when the volunteer driver drove the rented 11' high unit under an 8' underpass. (Must be what low clearance means?) Another member of the team from Florida found a crack in his bike frame and went home early. Another participant was killed about 6:30am when he was hit from behind by a pickup.
I have to have our Historical Site open from 10 am to 2 pm, 1/2 block off the designated route. Notice I said designated. 20K bike riders already know which route out of town they want to take that is the easiest, not the way the City Fathers want them to go which is up and down 3 more hills just to get them to turn at the Johnny Carson birth place?. NOT going to happen but will have the facility open just in case.
One Pizza place along the route is closed to the public and is taking RAGBRAI orders only. That is the thanks for supporting them the rest of the year. Sure glad I live 10 miles out and NOT close to their route.
For route information google 'ragbrai route'
Edited by chieffan, July 24, 2016 - 01:33 PM.