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27 Jul

Thousands dip tires in Mighty Mississippi

Michael Morain - 4 comments

FORT MADISON – Thousands of RAGBRAI riders glided into town under a cotton-cloudy sky as locals cheered them toward the Mississippi River. The last obstacle on the 407-mile trek from Council Bluffs ...

27 Jul

Bonaparte Inn would be a heck of a souvenir

Michael Morain - 2 comments

BONAPARTE – Looking for a RAGBRAI souvenir? How about the historic Bonaparte Inn? The 13-room brick hotel went up for sale earlier this month, for an undisclosed price by the owner in Scottsdale, ...

27 Jul

RAGBRAI riders welcomed at end of journey

Michael Morain - 1 comment

BENTONSPORT – Riders woke early this chilly morning in Fairfield and hustled to get a headstart on the 63 miles to the Mississippi River in Fort Madison. A hot air balloon ...

26 Jul

Savor the goodness of fried Jell-O

Michael Morain - 1 comment

HEDRICK, Ia. — Turns out, even in RAGBRAI’s rolling feast, there is always room for fried Jell-O. Brenda Cox of nearby Ollie concocted the oddball treat a while ago and enlisted ...

25 Jul

Teachers rack up the RAGBRAIs, and the memories

Michael Morain - 0 comments

Pella, Ia. — It’s the classic first-day-of-school question: What did you do this summer? And when it comes up in room 4B at Crossroads Elementary School in West Des Moines, the ...

24 Jul

Skinny-dippers enjoy pond near Runnells

Michael Morain - 2 comments

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. ...

23 Jul

Chicken Poop Bingo: Exactly what it sounds like

Michael Morain - 0 comments

It's not unusual to have some intestinal problems during RAGBRAI. But nobody was under more pressure to stay regular today than an anonymous chicken in Dallas Center.

22 Jul

Des Moines stop: By the numbers

Michael Morain - 0 comments

RAGBRAI is a statistician’s dream any way you slice it — by the number of riders, the miles traveled, the feet of climb, the calories burned. It’s the kind of ...

22 Jul

16 years later, metro is ready to show off

Michael Morain - 0 comments

It’s almost an annual tradition: The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau sends a letter every year to the RAGBRAI staff to formally request they bring the ride to ...

21 Jul

Fire truck cooks pizzas — at 900 degrees

Michael Morain - 0 comments

SHELBY, Ia. — Most fire trucks help extinguish fires. The one here does just the opposite. Lifelong friends and former U.S. Marines Kevin Spenla and David Ricardo, both of San Diego, ...

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