The clouds threatened all day but it never did more than sprinkle. I found pancakes for breakfast which I had been dreaming about, but true to form was hungry again 5 miles later. Then it seemed like some of the roadside stands had been scared off by the rain. The pass through towns were a little short on food too. Partly that was our fault...we saw large signs for a root beer float on the other side of town and passed up everything else. Then the root beer stand just wasn't there. Doh. And it was then 20 miles to the next town. Argh. Luckily the Amish stand saved our bacon with fresh pie and homemade ice cream.
But there was definitely less pie and cookies than usual on the route today. Everyone is starting to look a little ....haggard. I'm sure we all have sore legs and butts. The band played until 1 am last night, and the fireworks woke everyone up at 10:30. Not sure if I could drink and party and still get up to ride the next morning!
But the rain held away from the route and overnight town even if there were flash flood warnings all around us. The sun came out and it was a beautiful afternoon. We are looking forward to a short flat day to finish tomorrow.
Here's some interesting facts about todays route from the official RAGBRAI Pre-Ride back in June: