Random acts of kindness on RAGBRAI

Over the yars, we’ve seen many random acts of kindness on RAGBRAI. We stayed at the fairgrounds in Marshalltown. It was so hot, we decided to go to a movie after we showered and ate. We left our tents to air out in the shade – without the rain flies on. We even had a conversation while we were eating, debating if we needed to go back and put them on before we went to the movie. After looking at the sky, we decided it wasn’t going to rain. You all know how well that prediction worked out!

My brother, our support driver, left partway through the movie when we heard the rain pounding on the roof, to do what he could for our tents, which were surely soaked by then. He got back to the fairgrounds….and discovered that someone had put our rain flies on our tents for us! We later found out it was the group camping next to us. I don’t know their names or where they are from, but whoever you are, thank you again!!!!! They were driving a black Mercedes van (like a Dodge Sprinter-type van.)

In the end, the stuff in our tent was a little soggy, but weathered the storm well. It surely wouldn’t have if our nice neighbor’s had not put our rain fly on for us. My brother’s tent, however, broke a pole in that strong wind and punctured the rain fly, leaving them with a very flooded tent.

What random acts of kindness did you see on RAGBRAI?

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Jboz, July 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Coming into Vinton on Day 5 en route to Cedar Rapids, I stopped at a Dollar General to pick up some Gatorade and more sunscreen. Saw a clean, single toilet restroom and jumped at the chance to do my “business” somewhere other than a Kybo. When I came out, a couple of guys that looked to be in their early 20’s were waiting to use the bathroom. I headed out the door to my bike, and a minute later one of them comes running after me telling me I left my wallet in there. I had $600 in that wallet, and those guys could have easily just taken it and I would have never known until I got to the next town. It would have ruined RAGBRAI for me, but instead their honestly and integrity was one of the highlights for me.

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Susie, July 30, 2012 at 6:12 am

I had a crash on day 2. My bike was messed up, so the ambulance drove me to the next town to get it fixed. I had no idea as to the extent of my injuries. I was left by the ambulance at the beginning of the town. They had to take off to get to another accident. I was pretty disoriented, so I just stood there,

A girl who was 16 tops came up to me. She asked me if I needed help. I said I needed to find a bike shop. She told me I had a gash on my forehead and asked if I needed help cleaning it up. Yes, please. She got her first aid kit and cleaned the wound and bandaged it, all without my asking. I told her she should be a doctor.

She was part of the Domner Party. If anyone here is a member of that team and know her, I’d liove to thank,her again.

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jwsknk, July 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

someone on our team lost her wallet. Found out in the first town 15 or so miles out. The guy who rides without a seat loaned her enough money for the day. Turned out that she packed her wallet up in her bag and threw it on the truck that morning.

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cyclesoc, July 30, 2012 at 8:34 am

Susie:
I had a crash on day 2. My bike was messed up, so the ambulance drove me to the next town to get it fixed. I had no idea as to the extent of my injuries. I was left by the ambulance at the beginning of the town. They had to take off to get to another accident. I was pretty disoriented, so I just stood there,

A girl who was 16 tops came up to me. She asked me if I needed help. I said I needed to find a bike shop. She told me I had a gash on my forehead and asked if I needed help cleaning it up. Yes, please. She got her first aid kit and cleaned the wound and bandaged it, all without my asking. I told her she should be a doctor.

She was part of the Domner Party. If anyone here is a member of that team and know her, I’d liove to thank,her again.

Was it Donner Party out of Truckee, CA? Slogan on the jersey should say “We eat the slow ones.” If so, it was one of my friends two daughters.

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jwsknk, July 30, 2012 at 11:05 am

Anyone from Bike Burlington on here? In Lake View after we had all the gear loaded and counted number of bikes and people left there was 1 bike too many over by a tree on the edge of the campsite. The rider had filled out the orange card on the back with a phone number for Bike Burlington, We called it and the group contact said the rider was in the hospital.Since they had pulled out 45 min to an hour earlier, we hauled his bike to Webster City for him. How did things turn out? was it just the heat or more serious?

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Susie, July 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Cyclesoc–Yes, Truckee! I remember because we used to go there when I was a kid. That girl was great. She saved me from a complete melt down.

Another day, I got a call from a friend on the ride. Well, I thought it was my friend. Turns out it was a guy on the ride who found her cell phone. He later met me in Marshalltown to give me the phone. Turns out he also found a wallet that day and turned it in.

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dvince182, July 31, 2012 at 6:36 am

Thank you to the guy who sent back a truck to help me on day four. I broke a spoke which caused my tire sidewall to shread on the frame. I was walking west with my bike on my shoulder just outside of Zearing. There were so many people that asked if they could help that I lost count. Anyway, I was only walking for 15 minutes when a truck took me back to Zearing to get my bike fixed, yahoo!

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KC, July 31, 2012 at 7:07 am

My wife gashed the side of her tire 5 miles in to Day 4 and blew her tube. We didn’t notice the gash at first and when we put air in the spare tube, we blew it up, too. Fortunately, two Air Force engineers and a guy named Joe stopped to help her after I had gone to the next town to try to buy a new tire and tube for her. They fixed the tire with Joe’s duct tape, the engineers gave her a spare tube, and they put it on the bike for her. Then, they escorted her to town. The fix lasted just long enough to get her into town where we could buy a new tube. They wouldn’t even take money for the tube. They said they were just doing what they were there to do.

I know there are literally hundreds of stories no different than this one. It’s what RAGBRAI is all about, but since this one happened to us, I think it’s special.

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hubie, July 31, 2012 at 7:26 am

My money clip fell out of my jersey pocket and on to the ground unnoticed by me at a pass thru town. Several other riders saw this and immedicately let me know. Wasn’t a whole lot of money but “0” money isn’t good for buying water and food. Great crowd to hang with all the way around. (Except for the person who decided they needed to remove my son’s bike computer in Springville)

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biking mama, July 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

Thanks to Carl Markmann in Hale Iowa!

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/164269026.html

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Jboz, July 31, 2012 at 11:44 am

(Except for the person who decided they needed to remove my son’s bike computer in Springville)

I saw many bike computers that had fallen off bikes, especially on the rough patches, RR tracks, and rumbles. Might not have been stolen.

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RoyBoy, July 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

I also saw one or two bike computers a day along the road near bumpy spots. Some in pieces.

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hubie, July 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

Well I hope that’s the case but we were pretty sure it was on the bike when we went into the restaurant at Springville. We check mileage and waypoints very close. I’d like to think someone wouldn’t help themselves just because their’s fell off.

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Jacob, July 31, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I want to say thank you to a tent neighbor he heard my tent gash as I was putting the poles, he rush with duct tape in hand fixed my pole and allow me to finish my ride with a roof over my head.

About computers, they fall too easy I found a very nice Garmin on the grass at our charter campsite, turn it in hope the owner found it again.

My first and not my last Ragbrai,

“I don’t make the ride just a grain, the whole lot of us out there is what makes it such a great ride”

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urbancycler, August 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Don’t know if this falls under the category of “Random acts of kindness”, but will mention anyway. Our hosts in Cherokee were INCREDIBLE! We all slept inside in beds, had a great dinner and all the excellent home brew we could drink. Then the following morning he took our driver for a plane ride for a bird’s eye view of the riders on the route. How amazing is that?!?!

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