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If you build it, they will come

Matt . . . . If you build it, they will come.

Yes, I can just hear those words from James Earl Jones from the movie Field of Dreams. A tale of an inspired Iowa farmer who pursued his dream of bringing the masses of the faithful to his special field where the ghosts of the past could mingle with those from the present.

This farmer, Ray, was besieged by a host of nay sayers, people who thought him crazy and, of course, the bean counters who said it could not, should not be done.

Like Ray, Matt has is Field of Dreams in Water Works Park in Des Moines. The images of John Karras and Donald Kaul forever memorized in the River to River statue honoring their first ride in 1973.

Ragbrai built it, and now it is up to Matt to chart the route so they will come to that special place.

So put down your slide rules, your list of directives for Matt, and your traffic engineering manuals. Unring those hands, get your knickers out of that knot.

Trust that he and his staff will work this through. So just as in the ending of the movie, it is the riders who will be packing the highways to our field of dreams. They have built it, so let’s have fun.

Ride Right

2 Replies

Joseph Schlau, February 5, 2023 at 10:01 am

But if you still need something to do, busy yourself with suggestions for actors who could play Matt and his support staff when the movie is made. And wear a clean jersey for goodness sake.

Ride Right


Rob Fuller, February 7, 2023 at 11:49 am

1) If you map it, we will find it.
2) If you saddle it, we will ride it.
3) If you bake it, we will eat it.
4) If you tap it, we will drink it.


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