RAGBRAI XLII Countdown – July 20-26, 2014
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Day 3: What to know before heading out



Here’s a quick primer about today’s 50-mile ride from Perry to Des Moines:

WEATHER: Once the pieces are picked up from Monday night’s severe thunderstorm, expect a perfect day — less humid and much cooler. Mid-morning temperatures will be in the mid-60s, with a high reaching only into the low 80s, according to WHO-TV.

TONIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT: Four ’90s rock acts highlight Des Moines stage – Story

THE SIGHTS: Here’s a brief selection of the things you’ll encounter today:

Wars and wrestling: Dallas Center is hosting “Color Wars,” where people will be able to throw brightly colored powder on one another. The Longest Yard Sports Bar will be holding a dwarf wrestling event.

Baseball fame: Van Meter is the hometown of Bob Feller, a National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher. Visit the Bob Feller Museum to learn more about the town’s famous son.

All about Des Moines – if you didn’t pick up the Register’s special preview section Monday night, here’s a sampling to guide you through Iowa’s capital:

Everything you need to know about the Des Moines stop

Explore Des Moines on two wheels

What’s changed since the last stop here in 1997?

RAGBRAI Des Moines by the numbers

Famous tenderloin: While in Hamlin, eat Iowa’s original best tenderloin. Darrell’s Place in Hamlin won the Iowa Pork Producers’ first “Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin” contest in 2003.

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