RAGBRAI XLII Countdown – July 20-26, 2014
Friends of RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI news team

Skinny-dippers enjoy pond near Runnells



Runnells, Ia. — Hundreds of RAGBRAI riders found an idyllic spot to swim — with or without their clothes — at a farm pond a few miles out of town. It was without a doubt the pond’s busiest day in the nine years since owners Mark and Jean Jennings built it on a patch of their hilly farmland.

“We always wondered if RAGBRAI might ride by,” Jean Jennings said.

They built the pond instead of renovating their kitchen, which she had almost regretted — until today. Inflatable pink flamingos perched by the curbside, and  Jimmy Buffett tunes pumped out of a set of speakers.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better day,” she said, as the crowd applauded someone’s cannonball behind her.

She grinned. “There have been lots of skinny-dippers — mostly wrinkly old guys. I’ve got to say, though: I have the utmost respect for everybody out here on a bike, no matter how old, no matter what they look like.”

A few minutes later, a man in his late 70s — pale as a marble statue — stripped bare and eased himself into the water, to a round of hearty cheers.

“The water feels great,” said Mike Seager, 32, of Eugene, Ore., wearing nothing but a pair of sunglasses. “It’s sort of bubbly on all your bubbly bits.”

Swimmers dried off on the grassy bank, smearing off the mud from their toes and smearing on a fresh layer of sunblock. Nobody seemed in a rush to move on.

But when they did, many dropped a few bucks in a jar the Jenningses had said up to raise money for the local food pantry and Heifer International, a nonprofit that buys livestock for farmers in the developing world. So if a family in India receives a water buffalo, they can thank some rowdy swimmers here in Iowa.

2 Responses on “Skinny-dippers enjoy pond near Runnells

SCOTT WORKMAN

July 24, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Contrary, perhaps, to the article, Ragbrai does not openly promote nudity. It goes without saying riders will recognize an ideal waterway-of-opportunity somewhere along the route. The authorities are well aware of the potential hot spots but they’re not going to hanging around to see what happens. HOWEVER… if you do see them arrive on the scene, best believe it is because someone has filed a complaint and they must act on such a complaint. If you are without clothes follow their recommendations immediately and you will help preserve this unspoken tradition. On a more serious note…. Guys… DO NOT stand at the edge of a corn or bean field, in plain sight, while relieving yourself. Get yourself out of sight and you’ll preserve the “privilege” of being able to stop just about anywhere you want, IF that is what you have to do. Here again, the authorities (and the farmers) are aware of cornfield Kybos but they have more to do than police such roadside behavior. Keep in mind Ragbrai is a family event so don’t test them. I ride the ride too and I, for one, do not want to have to count on the limited number of town-stricken Kybos for my needs. Have a grrrreat ride and keep sunblock on the exposed parts! Ragbrai Nation!

check here

July 31, 2013 at 5:49 am

Suffer from kidney disease? aussie naturopath tells all – how his patients avoid dialysis
check here https://twitter.com/soniaw17/status/353268126143623168

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Advertisement

Latest Blog Posts

  • Mayor's Annual Ride & Run for Trails is Saturday in Des Moines

    On April 19th, join the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department for the 2014 Mayor’s annual Ride & Run for Trails. In addition to the annual ride, the Parks and ...

  • RAGBRAI XLII Expo Gearing Up With Great Vendors!

    You can find it all at the RAGBRAI Expo, where RAGBRAI begins! Rock Valley Iowa serves as the host for the expo, held from 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m. on ...

  • Tour de Cure: June 7, 2014 in Clive, IA and June 28, 2014 in Coralville, IA

    Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. It’s a life-changing event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the ...

  • RAGBRAI Training: The Secret to Training for RAGBRAI

    by Coach David Ertl I can already see the responses to this title and several will likely involve beer.  But to your dismay I will not be talking about that aspect of ...

  • RAGBRAI Week-long Rider Registration Deadline is April 1

    Your week-long rider registration must be finalized by April 1 (registration, waiver, and payment).  All week-long rider minor waivers must be postmarked by April 1.  Any groups will weeklong riders ...

  • RAGBRAI 2014 Registration FAQ

    The RAGBRAI XLII weeklong rider registration deadline is coming up ( entries due April 1) so we thought answer some of your most commonly asked questions to help make the ...

  • RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Saturday, July 26: Independence to Guttenberg

    Day 7: Independence to Guttenberg And now: The hills. The final day’s 3,000-foot climb is just about twice as high as most of the previous days. So if riders didn’t know ...

  • RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Friday, July 25: Waverly to Independence

    Day 6: Waverly to Independence The route zigzags northeast toward Tripoli (pronounced trih-PO-la, by the way) and then curves past the Sweet Marsh Wildlife Management Area, a refuge for deer, doves and various ...

  • RAGBRAI Training: Training Plan for RAGBRAI 2014 and How to Use it

    One of the most popular posts I write each year is this one – the one that has the training plan in it. Once again I have put together ...

  • RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Thursday, July 24: Mason City to Waverly

    Day 5: Mason City to Waverly Riders can rest their weary bones where older bones have been resting for a long time: at the Fossil and Prairie Park Preserve and Center ...

Latest Videos

  • Spring fever? Here's how to get your bike road ready

  • Tour the RAGBRAI XLII route with a flyover

  • RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz shares tidbits about this year's ride.

  • RAGBRAI announced its third shortest and second flattest route in its history on Saturday. Watch the full announcement party.

  • The overnight towns are announced for 2014

  • RAGBRAI and Bacon Fest are teaming up to create the "Bacoon Ride," a new event coming in June 2014.

  • Take a look back at the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa in 2013.

  • Nana's Delicacies served fried Jell-O, fried Klondike Bars, and Krispy Kreme cheeseburgers just outside of Hedrick.

  • RAGBRAI announced the 2014 logo on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.

  • "Christmas in July" was a hit in Runnells last week during RAGBRAI 2013

Find us socially

Email Signup

Sign up for the latest RAGBRAI news and notes (if there is no news in a day, you won’t get an e-mail).

© 2014 RAGBRAI | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy