Day 1: Glenwood to Atlantic - 60.14 miles
I'm now a member of the 4H club that RAGBRAI has been known for. Heat, hills, humidity, headwinds. Once the hills stopped, about 8 or so miles from Atlantic, the nasty headwind took over. It was 92 at 10:30, heat index of 102.
The people here are very very nice. They are genuinely happy that there towns get taken over for a day or two. This is like the super bowl for some of these towns- any fundraising efforts they are going to get cannot be topped by thousands of cyclists riding through.
Lots of characters out there. A kid running...RUNNING... Ragbrai. I don't know if he'll make it but go for it, dude! Oh, did I mention he was running IN FLIP FLOPS? I passed him at mile 6 or so and thought he was just running between farm houses. Then I stopped for breakfast and passed him again. It was then that I asked where he was running. He said Atlantic and then eventually to Davenport.
Back to the hills... there were no shortage of them. The "speed bump" just a block into the route was bigger than anything around our house. That one went pretty well. Then another and another and another. After a dozen I decided to stop worrying about if I was going to make it up them and just blank out and pedal. I never had to walk up any of them.
I have never climbed so much in one day. The last three miles were pretty bad because of that stupid wind. But I looked down at all the names on my bike and kept on keeping on. 1 day in the books. 1 of 2 days that really concerned me in the books. Tomorrow is the other one.
Then there's the option to make Tuesday's 71.8 mile ride a 100 mile one. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Here's the GPS data: