It’s so heartwarming to see all the “looking for rides” posts popping up again. OMG, this is really going to happen! The past 12 months have been horrific. We lost friends, family and in some cases jobs. But it really feels like it’s lifting…finally. Getting RAGBRAI back has been such a mood changer, and I think the right decision.
Some thank you’s are in order. Thank you to all those front line health care workers who got us through the worst of the dark times. Thank you to those responsible for getting vaccines developed, tested, approved and distributed in record time. Thank you fellow citizens for taking this virus seriously and taking the necessary precautions. Thank you small businesses for toughing it out and figuring out how to adapt in order to stay afloat. Thank you overnight and pass-through towns for trusting us enough to give RAGBRAI the go-ahead. And thank you to Dieter, Andrea and the whole RAGBRAI team for holding it together and not letting this wonderful tradition slip away.
We are riding in 2021, and the sense of gratitude I am feeling now is overwhelming. I can’t wait!