It was good to see Heather back on our touring rides. She’s recently been in America to cycle across the state of Iowa with 20,000 other cyclists.
Heather was taking part in RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa), which is an annual non-competitive cycle ride organized by the ‘Des Moines Register’ (the daily newspaper for Des Moines, the capital of Iowa). The ride started in Orange City on the Missouri at the western border of Iowa and finished, six days later, at Lansing on the Mississippi at the eastern edge of the state.
The total distance cycled was 423 miles with 11,323 feet of climbing but Heather reckons that the greatest challenge came from the heat. She set off each day by 6.00am at the latest to arrive at the campsite by midday, thereby avoiding the worst of the heat. Yes, Heather was camping but she didn’t have to carry a tent with her on the bike!
She almost didn’t start the event. Her bike was damaged on the plane going to America, bent rear derailleur, but she was able to get it repaired in time.
Well done Heather. Nice Ragbrai cycling jersey!