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27 Jul

RAGBRAI 2012: Santa visits Springville

Michael Morain - 0 comments

Springville – Santa Claus stopped by the RAGBRAI route today, and he brought a gift: “Just 14 more miles!” He yelled and shook a cluster of jingle bells to the riders ...

27 Jul

RAGBRAI 2012: A toast to the Czech Village

Michael Morain - 4 comments

Cedar Rapids — If RAGBRAI riders wanted a reason to celebrate this morning, there were plenty of good reasons. They could take their pick: perfect weather, a shorter ride ahead ...

26 Jul

RAGBRAI 2012: Characters in Clutier

Michael Morain - 0 comments

Clutier – If you’re looking for RAGBRAI characters, look no farther than here. Riders had to take a short detour from the highway to visit the second pass-through town on today’s ...

26 Jul

RAGBRAI 2012: Chainsaw sculptor in Vinton

Michael Morain - 1 comment

Vinton – Any guesses what the local cabinet maker Brian Parr to welcome RAGBRAI into town? Maybe you’re stumped. He took a chainsaw to a half dozen white pine stumps and carved ...

26 Jul

RAGBRAI 2012: British invasion

Michael Morain - 3 comments

Vinton – This might be Drew Buck’s first time on RAGBRAI but it’s definitely not his first on a bike. The 63-year-old Englishman, who lives between Bath and Bristol, rolled into ...

25 Jul

RAGBRAI 2012: Hands across Hamilton County

Michael Morain - 7 comments

Jewell — Well, at least it was a good idea. Locals in Jewell and Ellsworth were hoping to persuade RAGBRAI riders to set aside their bikes for a moment at 10 ...

25 Jul

RAGBRAI 2012: Flying down the road and, boy, are their arms tired.

Michael Morain - 3 comments

Kamrar — A dozen RAGBRAI riders from Adaptive Sports Iowa stopped for a shady break here before pumping down the road on their arm-powered bikes. The group is a mix of ...

25 Jul

RAGBRAI 2012: Olympic trials in Kamrar

Michael Morain - 5 comments

Kamrar — There may be some last-minute additions to the U.S. Olympic Team in London, judging from the athletic skills on display here this morning. The owners of Pickles Pub ...

24 Jul

RAGBRAI 2012: Shrinking towns, swelling ride

Michael Morain - 0 comments

Webster City – With 8,000 residents, this Hamilton County town feels like a booming metropolis compared to last night in Lake View, where the population barely cleared 1,000 in the ...

24 Jul

RAGBRAI 2012: Pink bra ladies in Farnhamville

Michael Morain - 3 comments

Farnhamville — Watch out Hooters girls: The fine ladies of the Benevolent Patriotic Order (BPO) of Does may give you a run for your money. The Jefferson branch of the ...

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