Thursday, July 26, 2007
When it rains, it's RAGBRAI
As if our double-header kickball loss to Wartburg weren't insulting enough, here I sit beneath the overhang of a garage to block the rain. Yes, it's an official RAGBRAI now, though to have made it to Thursday night without any precipitation is a minor miracle.
Today's 63-mile ride from Cedar Falls to Independence was among the week's best, despite strong head winds on the southern trek from Fairbank. We're hopeful the passing storm will at least alter the wind pattern in our favor for the first time all week.
We are so grateful for the reception we've received from our hosts all week, and Mary and Steve Ohl are no exception. The barbecue pork loin was every bit as good as advertised, and the accommodations are second to none.
They even arranged for a site for our kickball game with Coe's rival Wartburg College. Unfortunately for us, Wartburg's ringers showed up and ours did not. After falling 8-1 in rather short order, the Knight Riders agreed to a second game (or, in our words, best two-out-of-three). They took game two 2-0.
Among our star performers were the Mineck siblings, Katie and John. Katie, a 2007 Grinnell graduate, scored our lone run. John, entering his second year at Cornell, was a force at first base. (The picture is of neither Katie or John, but rather Tom Hicks in the process of throwing a Knight out at first base.) But our team's superior intellect could not overcome Wartburg's athletic prowess.
Hopefully, this was the start of a new RAGBRAI tradition that will expand to include teams from other Iowa colleges in future years. I'm open to suggestions for a traveling trophy.
Tomorrow it's off to Dyersville, although I expect a delayed start because of the rain. Note to Coe's Admission Office: I wouldn't expect Mary much before mid-morning.
Good night, folks. Stay dry, and ride right.
P.S. In case you were wondering, I was won over by the butt-butter. Used in concert with Gold Bond powder, it's a biker's best friend.