Day 7-RAGBRAI-Iowa City to Davenport-77 miles-1755 feet of elevation

It was to be a long day with a need to be at the shuttle bus and gone by 2 PM. So we headed out again at sunrise. I must comment that I sometimes complained about having my gear on the truck before 6 but it was always one of the prettiest parts of the day  Leaving Iowa City. 

Lone Tree, Iowa

West Liberty was hopping. 

We left and went on to Cedar River. 

More beautiful scenery. 

New Era Church was on the route and it was very cool. 

Blue grass music. 

Home made baked goods. 

The run in from Bluegrass to Davenport. 

It was a great week. I was able to drive to Hannibal, Mo, birthplace of Mark Twain. It was  raining when I was leaving but a few pics.

Mississippi River

Drove through Nashville, terrible and passed this. 

Peace out Namaste Tres

Day 6-RAGBRAI-Sigourney to Iowa City-64 miles and 1610 feet of elevation. 

This would be a little easier day and it was appreciated. 

We got into Keota and it was nice.

BUT, Wellman was hopping.

Wear what you like. Note the old drinking establishment. Every little place seemed to have one. 

On to Kalona, the meet up town. Beautiful place where there was Amish farms outside of town. 

Onto Riverside. 

Iowa City is home of the Iowa University Hawkeyes. Chrysa and I were riding in town, while Rich was back getting his bike checked and going a steep downhill to take a left hand turn, she hit a poorly marked road hazard and fell on her side. The community services officer at this dangerous corner was sitting in a chair with herself and no traffic cone to warn the rider. The other volunteer services were great and took Chrysa and bike to campsite then the medical tent. Her RAGBRAI story is not done. Stay tuned. 

Peace out Namaste Tres

Day 5-RAGBRAI-Newton to Sigouney-72.5 miles and 2900 feet of elevation

EDITOR’S NOTE: A updated day 4 entry was made yesterday morning for more complete coverage. 

Day 5 would be the longest and hilliest of the week. Another up at 4:45 AM and away we went. 

There was a Santa spotting along the road toward Sully and I was able to pass him and say good morning Santa. I am not sure how many other got that opportunity but it is RAGBRAI. A side note: Santa does winter at the North Pole but, summers in Dubuque, Iowa. See featured image. 

A neat lunch in Deep River, Iowa.

Chrysa was riding with fellow C2C 2016 rider, John Ilenin. John had converted to a three wheel cat trike and it seemed he may not ride anything else. He had me sit in it and it was PLUSH. John maybe one of the sweetest and  nicest guys you will ever meet. 

We had one last break in Keswick. Cool place. 

It was good day. Namaste Tres