2016 RAGBRAI was my first and won’t be my last. Nothing could have prepaird me for the experiece except for the experience itself. Experiencing all different people, their stories, where they have come from and why they are there was amazing.
Meeting Lucy – A lovely 83 year old lady with the greatest personality. I can’t remember how may RAGBRAIs this makes for her but I hope to be that active when Im 83.
The Air Force Riding Team – These guy/girls were amazing. I can’t count the number of times I saw them helping broken down cyclists, diverting traffic for an accident, or what ever else need to be done. No wonder our Country is the Greatest in the Nation. You Guys/Girls did our Country Proud in 2016 RAGBRAI.
A Gentleman Who had a Prosthetic Right Leg – From the Knee Down – This guy lost his leg in a Mountain Climbing Accident. He and his partner got caught on a ledge. His partner died. He said he maid his peace with God and thought he was going to die. He woke up 2 days later in a hospital and lost his leg due to Frost Bite.
A Lady on the Lance Armstrong Riding Team – This lady beat the worst kind of Breast Cancer. Wasn’t supposed to survive but did…. only to watch her son die in his mid-twenties of Bone Marrow Cancer a few years ago. The only thing that keeps her going is her daughter.
A few other notes: The one guy who ran the whole RAGBRAI. The guy who rollerbladed the route. The guy on the Highwheel Circus Bike.
I’m sure there are a thousand stories out there that I missed, but for me RAGBRAI XLIV 2016 was a very Spiritual and moving experience.