Hi Guys and Gals,
I need your advice. This may be poorly written, as I may ramble a bit before getting to the topic.
I am planning to honor my friend, Del, who passed last November. I got to know him through my local cycling club. He did some 20 Ragbrai’s and regaled me with stories of Soggy Monday and others. He helped get me started by getting me onto his team, and encouraged me to do the ride. I don’t think I will ever do Ragbrai again without thinking of him. He will be missed!
To honor Del I am going to stop at the beginning of the Mile of Silence and play a version of Amazing Grace on my Cycle Sound. I hope this will not offend riders of different faiths, but it is an instrumental, so other lyrics can be imagined.
The other thing I propose to do is to hand out mourning bands. This is where I need help. I don’t want riders to think I am selling them. They will be a gift to have others help me honor Del and others. If I stand there holing one up, would riders think I am selling them? Should I make a sign that says they are free?
I plan to get out by 5;30, so I should be at Orange street by 6:10 or so. I have 55 arm bands, but I don’t know how quickly they will be taken.