Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Of sore butts and presidential politics

Day 4 of RAGBRAI brought us to Cedar Falls and the lovely shady lawn of Barb and Al Poe, parents of Anson '08. The Poes had a great set up for our alumni dinner, catered by the ever-delicious Famous Dave's barbecue. Nearly 50 people (including Bob Untiedt '85, pictured) loaded up on ribs and chicken with all the fixins after a hot and hilly ride from Hampton.

Along the way, adventure-seekers Tom and Pete managed to get some face time with Lance Armstrong and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. After deducing when and where the two would be riding together in the well-publicized photo op, Tom and Pete joined the small throng of riders trailing the celebrities.

At one point, Tom joined Armstrong and Edwards as they were riding side by side, and engaged them in conversation about their upcoming appearance in Cedar Rapids. Later, Pete engaged Edwards in conversation about conditions in Darfur, a cause for which the Beloit College staffer has engaged much energy.

Back on the road, Edwards, an obvious RAGBRAI virgin, confided in Pete that his butt was sore. Pete turned him on to a product called Chamois Butter. You can read about it here.

A dyed-in-the-wool Gold Bond user, I bought the ass-salve myself tonight. I figure if it's good enough for a presidential hopeful, it's good enough for me.

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