RAGBRAI XLIII Countdown – July 19-25, 2015
Friends of RAGBRAI

Blog

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 just outside of Rockford. The former clay quarry was a popular RAGBRAI stop in 2010, when riders scoured the dirt for clam (pelecypod) and snail (gastropod) fossils from the Devonian Period. The souvenirs from Iowa’s soggy prehistory are free for the taking.

The geology lesson continues in Marble Rock, so named for the area’s marble-like limestone. The river that cut through it, the Shell Rock, is a popular route for canoeists and kayakers, who paddle by the town’s old brick powerhouse and picnic-worthy park.

On down the road, Greene has a riverside spot of its own, Perrin Park, with a bandstand and stone walkways and lawns as green as parsley. Pick up a cinnamon roll from Clayton’s Bakery and plop right down for a snack.

Tired of biking? Take the last train to Clarksville.

City clerk Larry Betts blasted that song from the roof of city hall the last time RAGBRAI rolled through, but he may not again.

“I got too much of the Monkees that day,” he said.

If you’re hungry, stop by Pete & Shorty’s, which inspired the Hooters restaurant chain.

“It’s kind of like the family version of that restaurant, if you know what I mean,” Betts said.

But save some room for dessert: Waverly sits in the so-called “dairy spot of Iowa” and is home to a Nestle distribution center, housed in a 1923 plant formerly owned by Carnation. Besides that, the Bremer County seat of almost 10,000 has a thriving downtown district right next to Wartburg College.

1 Response on “RAGBRAI 2014 Route for Thursday, July 24: Mason City to Waverly

grosse cochonne

August 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Bon pst : je сompte en discuter dans la semaie avec
mes voisins

Leave a Reply

Advertisement

Latest Blog Posts

  • Dennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX will be Rocking in Hiawatha!

    Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of STYX and the lead singer and writer on seven of the bands eight Top Ten Hits. His live concert showcases all the STYX ...

  • Don't Wait 'Til the Last Minute - Weeklong Registration Ends April 1!

    Want to ride with us all week for RAGBRAI XLIII? The deadline for registration is April 1, just under a week away.

  • Weeklong Rider Registration Deadline is April 1

    The deadline to register online as a weeklong rider for this year’s RAGBRAI is midnight, April 1.

  • "Ask a Trooper" Discusses Bike Racks on Vehicles

    During a driving vacation out west, I noticed the popularity of bumper-attached bicycle and luggage racks. Are there any rules with these?

  • RAGBRAI XLIII route: Unique attractions every few miles

    The definitive guide to how riders will get fed and cooled off (oh, and maybe see some important stuff) during RAGBRAI XLIII.

  • Sneak Preview of Eight RAGBRAI XLIII Rookie Towns

    RAGBRAI director T.J. Juskiewicz previews the 8 towns that the ride has never visited.

  • Cheap Trick to Rock RAGBRAI Coralville Overnight

    RAGBRAI Coralville organizers are excited to announce that Cheap Trick presented by Two Rivers Bank and Trust is scheduled to perform at the RAGBRAI overnight celebration in the Iowa River ...

  • Coralville is the first Overnight Town to Announce Their RAGBRAI XLIII Theme!

    Lights, Camera, Action! Get ready for a night of glitz, glamour and Lycra during our Hollywood-themed visit to Coralville!

  • RAGBRAI XLIII Full Route and Details to be Released Sunday

    RAGBRAI XLIII's full route and more details to be published HERE on Sunday

  • RAGBRAI Training: Get Out (or Stay In) and Ride!

    RAGBRAI XLIII is still five months away but that is no reason not to think about getting on your bike and starting your preparation. I don’t know what the weather ...

Latest Videos

  • RAGBRAI director TJ Juskiewicz points out highlights of the pass-through towns along the route cyclists will follow July 19 to 25, 2015.

  • RAGBRAI director T.J. Juskiewicz previews the 8 towns that the ride has never touched.

  • Tune in to RAGBRAI.com this weekend to be the first to know the details of this year's route. RAGBRAI director TJ Juskiewicz shares when the rookie pass through towns, full route map will be announced.

  • RAGBRAI director TJ Juskiewicz annouces the 2015 overnight towns. Ride will start in Sioux City and end in Davenport.

  • The Register's Kyle Munson and Michael Morain attempt to get an early look at the 2015 RAGBRAI route

  • We are excited to reveal our new logo for RAGBRAI XLIII and 2015! If you join us on our ride across the state next year, you’ll be sure to see welcoming Iowans, lots of farmland and… well you’ll just have to watch the video to find out.

  • Look back on the ride of 2014 in this video highlight reel.

  • A group of friends from Canada spent the week on RAGBRAI and recount their best moments.

  • As RAGBRAI XLII comes to an end, friends from California talk about the emotion behind dipping their tires into the Mississippi River at the end of the ride.

  • Riders react at the Guttenberg dip site.

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).

© 2015 RAGBRAI | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy