RAGBRAI Route Inspection Pre-Ride Day 2 – Sac City to Fort Dodge
- 7 June, 2021
- Andrea Parrott
Off we pop! Sac City we hope you get your popcorn poppers ready because we’re coming back hungry. We had 16 riders gathered this morning to ride from Sac City to Fort Dodge.
Today’s ride was 67.5 miles with approximately 1,097 feet of climb. On our way from Sac City to Fort Dodge, we visited Lytton (first visit), Yetter, Lake City (Meeting Town), Rinard, Callender (first visit), and Moorland (first visit). Click this text for a map of the second day of RAGBRAI XLVIII.
Photos from our trip are below – but be sure to scroll down for details on the day’s ride and our overnight town, Fort Dodge!
Monday on RAGBRAI XLVIII is Virtual Jersey Day and First Responders Day.
Virtual Jersey Day
For those of you who have joined us on the 2020 and 2021 Virtual RAGBRAI, we will wear our jerseys and meet up in the Lytton beverage garden on Monday, July 26 starting at 9am! We’ll have pie, screwdrivers, and bloody marys.
First Responders Day
On Monday, July 26 we will recognize and show gratitude to the first responders and front line workers who sacrificed their mental and physical health to keep us all safe in 2020. We ride for you today! Stop by the RAGBRAI Merchandise trailer and pick up a free sticker (merchandise trailers will be located at each overnight town and in the meeting town along the route).
It was a “Windows Desktop” kind of day today – beautiful green landscape, bright blue sky, and fluffy clouds. We stopped and met with officials from each and every town and we couldn’t be more thankful for their welcome and all the time they’ve volunteered preparing for RAGBRAI! When we arrived in Lytton, we donated our check for their Fire Station – this money was raised by proceeds from our Pie Eating Contest RAYGUN shirt. We’ll also have our RAGBRAI – Virtually the Best, Literally Meet up in Lytton at 9 am. Anyone who shows up wearing a Virtual Jersey gets a free piece of the pie!
For a description of our visits to each pass-through town, check out today’s episode of the JustGoBike podcast! Featuring Kathy “Murphology” Murphy and Andrea “ParrotTalk” Parrott. You can find it wherever you like to listen to podcasts, or follow this link:
Click here for photos from today’s ride by Brian Powers of The Des Moines Register!
We will be Rollin’ on the River to Fort Dodge – just not the rivers (and the lakes) that you are used to on RAGBRAI. It’s the Des Moines River!
This community of 26,000 residents is hosting RAGBRAI for the sixth time with the last visit occurring in 2015 during RAGBRAI XLIII. Fort Dodge is recognized as the economic hub of north-central and northwest Iowa. Don’t miss the Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center, Fort Frenzy (an indoor/outdoor entertainment center contains bumper cars, video games, roller skating, go-karts and dozens of other fun and exciting, family-friendly entertainment options) and as you enter town you will ride to the downtown business district with an array of shops and stores. Take some time to look around and enjoy their many unique offerings.
Fort Dodge has new adventures waiting for our visitors. If you are looking for outdoor recreation, culture and entertainment, or sports, Fort Dodge will provide more than you are expecting.
Discovering new outdoor adventures, in a region that abounds with a variety of options, including Iowa’s largest off-highway vehicle park with over 60 miles of trails, Gypsum City Off-highway Vehicle Park; The Lizard Creek and Des Moines River Water Trails which flow 65 miles through the region, 25 miles of connected multi-use paved trails in addition to mountain bike trails, snowmobile trails and equestrian trails, fishing lakes and ponds. The Fort Dodge region is a place to explore the outdoors!
The arts are alive in the region with the 110-foot tall Fort Dodge Grain Silo Mural painted by the Australian artist, Guido van Helten. Enjoy the Blanden Art Museum with a collection which includes pieces from world renowned artists. Stroll through our pioneer past at the Fort Museum & Frontier Village. Discover treasures housed in a mix of original and replica buildings depicting a stockade fort and a pioneer main street.
Fort Dodge entertainment includes productions from community theatre groups. Music option are varied with symphony, municipal band performances, and concerts by regional and nationally known musicians.
Looking for hands-on opportunities make your own art treasures at Studio Fusion, a DIY art studio, visit the Community Orchard for a fresh apple snack, shopping or take the young kids to the Back 40 playground. Cool down and splash around at Rosedale Rapids Aquatic Center or the Oleson Park Splash Pad. Look to Fort Frenzy and family entertainment center for fun, check out the go-cart track, mini-bowling and an arcade. Need some adult entertainment, head to our local winery, breweries and restaurants to catch some great food and beverages but also occasional live music.
Fort Dodge is a place to bring a dream to life. For 51 year the Iowa High School Girls State Softball Championship has crowned Iowa’s elite softball teams at Rogers Sports Complex. Lakeside Municipal Golf Course has hosted the Iowa High School State Cross Country Championships and the National Junior College Cross Country Championships showcasing elite runners. Other goals are achieved at the Sports Park Raceway, Webster County Fairgrounds, Dodger Stadium and other athletic venues.
A variety of hotels are located in Fort Dodge with over 700 rooms available, there is a place to relax with family or get the job done on a business trip. Convention and meeting facilities can serve 100-400 people. Multiple venues in the community can hold events of 500.
Food is a big part of the Fort Dodge experience. Whether enjoying Korean cuisine, barbeque, pizza, ice cream, craft beer, or local wine Fort Dodge’s variety is something to enjoy. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh apple snacks, or a visit to our tea room too.
Fort Dodge is more than you imagine, come and find enjoy a Fort Dodge adventure and Dodge the Ordinary.
Fort Dodge is also home to the Girls State Softball Tournament! Thanks(??) to the pandemic we will not be visiting Fort Dodge at the same time as the Tournament this year. But it really is a sight to see and we recommend you check it out sometime! The expanding bike trail system throughout Fort Dodge has a path that leads, literally, to the front gate of the ball park.
Fort Dodge has one of the finest junior colleges in all of the Midwest with Iowa Central Community College. Iowa Central has 6,000 students with over 1,200 of them living on campus. It is a four-year college experience with the flexibility of a junior college. The Corridor of Commerce is a new addition to Fort Dodge on 5th Avenue South from 21st to 32nd Street. You can stride out to the Corridor of Commerce and take in sit-down dining at a vast array of options. The Iowa Crossroads of Global Innovation will be visible just west of Fort Dodge as cyclists turn for home onto Highway #7 near the end of the day. Cargill, Valero and C.J. Bio-America all call this area home as they take Iowa’s precious corn commodity and turn it into literally dozens of by-products.
And yes, Fort Dodge has a fort. The support vehicles will pass by this iconic structure as they enter the city. This 1862 fort, along with 18 other replica buildings, re-create much of what our founders experienced as Fort Dodge was being born. It is both an interesting and educational experience, our favorite!
We recorded a preview of our journey from Le Mars to Sac City on the JustGoBike Podcast! Listen here:
Be sure to tune in each day for Route Inspection updates:
Social Media * Here on RAGBRAI.com * JustGoBike Podcast ft. Kathy Murphy aka Murphology and ParrotTalk!
We’ll release a JustGoBike Podcast every day! Including fun facts and RAGBRAI plans from the pass through towns on RAGBRAI XLVIII!
You can also follow the pre-ride adventure and learn interesting tidbits about the route by following us on social media:
Murphology Podcast on Instagram: @MurphologyPodcast
JustGoBike Podcast: soundcloud.com/JustGoBike
Have a great day and we will check in with you tomorrow! – Andrea
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