Today I went on a field trip to the Iowa Historical Museum to see the exhibit Riding Through History which celebrates RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa).
You can’t live in Iowa without knowing a little about RAGBRAI. I haven’t taken the opportunity to experience the ride myself but I’ve always been curious to know what it would be like.
First, I took my time admiring photos taken of riders during their trek, cool displays of bikes (some even hanging from the ceiling), memorabilia, jerseys, and personal memories of riders who have visited the exhibit.
Next, I watched a couple of videos like this one at www.tinycircus.org that showed me what it’s like to take part in this famous event.
There was a lot I didn’t know about this 8 day Iowa bike ride! Here are just a few examples:
The ride was first known as The Great Six Day Bicycle Ride.
No one has ridden every mile of every RAGBRAI.
John Deere made bicycles!
I-35 unofficially marks the halfway point of the ride.
Day 4 is usually the toughest for riders.
July 20th, 1981 had the worst weather in RAGBRAI history with pouring rain and bad winds.
I’m so glad I took the trip to see this fantastic exhibit. Now, more than ever, I want to ride RAGBRAI.