RAGBRAI is just around the corner! And if you live in Iowa, you’ve most likely been hearing about The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa for quite some time now. The week-long bike ride will bring more than 20,000 people to several towns across Iowa.
This year, the droves of people (and bicycles) will arrive in Sioux City, Iowa on July, 18th for an evening of entertainment and fun. The other overnight stops include Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Eldora, Cedar Falls, Hiawatha, and Iowa River Landing/Coralville before ending in Davenport on the 25th.
The the first day of riding just happens to end in the town we live in, so it is hard to ignore the hype surrounding this event that is 42 years strong. The preparations are in the final stages. Food, entertainment, showers, and housing for the night have been arranged. Check out the Storm Lake RAGBRAI website or facebook page for even more details.
The countdown is on-literally! A huge metal bicycle has been spotted around Storm Lake with signage counting down the days until the bicyclists arrive in our town. It’s been fun to see where we spot this bike. We’ve found it at Kings Pointe Resort, the 4th of July Parade, Downtown Storm Lake, and in the Hy-Vee parking lot. You’ll have to go for a drive around town to see where it will be next!
We’ve also found a windmill blade near Highway 110 by the Little Storm Lake Discovery Center painted for the occasion. The Witter Gallery has an art show going on now through July 31, consisting of locally created bicycle art of all kinds. My girls have entered their own glittery bike paintings for all to see. Be sure to check out all the art before it’s gone!
So, if find yourself driving (or riding) across the great state of Iowa July 18-25, keep an eye out for extra bikes on the road. Make sure you stop along the way and join in on the Small Town Iowa fun and hospitality. Check here for RAGBRAI’s 2015 route and here for the Storm Lake entertainment schedule. Bring on the bikes, Storm Lake is ready for our RAGBRAI friends to ‘Give our Shores a Spin!’