Saturday, July 18, 2009
Rolling with it
What happens on RAGBRAI doesn't necessarily stay on RAGBRAI, but all of it could only happen in Iowa.
We arrived today in Council Bluffs only to find our host had moved to Colorado without our knowledge. What a shocking experience that had to be for our first time riders.
Anarchy was quickly avoided as across-the-street neighbors Jessica and Ryan Willer offered up their lawn and bathroom. Soon after, fresh-back-from-vacation neighbors Diane and Barry Glass offered up their lawn and camper. Soon after that, our original host contacted the current tenant, his cousin Shelby Albertson and high school classmate Nick Golden, and we had free reign of their house as well. A little while later, neighbor Denny came over to offer up his fire pit and horseshoe pit.
Try finding hospitality like that anywhere else. Riders and unintended hosts alike rolled with it.
We have yet to peddle a mile and I feel like we've already had the quintessential RAGBRAI moment. Or maybe it just gets better from here. Stay tuned.