Rider waves brother’s flag
The little American flag that flutters from a bag strapped to Bradd Markusch’s bike seat means a lot to him: It belonged to his brother, Clint, who died last month after a long-term illness.
“He loved RAGBRAI. He enjoyed every bit of it,” the Newton native said, adding that his brother joined RAGBRAI in its third year and rode it many times over the years.
Clint Markusch often carried the flag with him during the rides, and it meant a lot to him, too. He planted it on New Mexico’s Mount Baldy when he became an Eagle Scout in 1976, and it still bears the signatures from the other scouts in his troupe.
“It was just kind of a symbolic thing,” Bradd Markusch said. “I thought (carrying it on RAGBRAI) would be a good tribute.”
Pictured from right: Markusch; his daughter, Lilly, 10; and his nephew, Holden Hillmer, 13, about two miles west of Sandyville.
– Michael Morain