RAGBRAI 2012: Hot, hungry and waiting for a ride
- 24 July, 2012
LOHRVILLE – At some point, waiting almost two hours for a ride beats biking another foot.
Plenty of RAGBRAI cyclists made that decision along the route Tuesday afternoon.
Dozens waited to load their bikes at the Lohrville emergency services building around 1:30 p.m.
Two sag wagons were loading bikes in the parking lot, and cyclists said it seemed like the vans were fuller this year than in previous ones.
The temperature had hit 95 with a heat index of 101. Riders were facing a headwind, and temperatures were climbing.
“We started out thinking we would [make it all the way] and we’d play it by ear,” said Chad White, 27. “Then it got really hot.”
RAGBRAI officials said there appeared to be fewer heat related ambulance calls from the route Tuesday than earlier in the week, though that may change later in the day, they said.
Riders have been treated for minor heat related issues and ambulances have been out on the route, but no specific numbers for heat related issues were available Tuesday afternoon.
White’s group had waited up the street, by the side of the route for more than an hour in the sun, before hearing they should go to the building to wait for a ride to Webster City.
It was hot waiting.
“But too hot to keep going when there are 50 miles to go,” Troy White, 20, said.
They are from Albuquerque, NM, so the heat didn’t bother them quite as much as the humidity.
“We’re from a hot place,” said Mariah Spencer, 18. “Just not hot and humid.”
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