Sunday, July 26, 2015

Day 7: Coralville to Davenport

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with RAGBRAI. The 43rd edition of the Register's Annual GreWat Bike Ride Across Iowa -- the 11th for Team CoeBRAI -- culminated Saturday at the Mississippi River in Davenport.

But for CoeBRAI veteran Greg Barnett, who had a conflict that required he bike back to Cedar Rapids instead, and rookie Allison Carr '05, who had a close encounter with her dad's bike less than 10 miles from the finish, 20 Team CoeBRAI bikers pedaled the final 68 miles from Coralville. 

Meeting at a predetermined location a couple miles from the end of the ride, Judy Floy '77 led us to the designated spot for the celebratory dipping of the front tires. It was Judy's eighth straight RAGBRAI with the Coe team, she will proudly tell you.

The sharpest team on the roads across Iowa in our "Road To Waubeek" jerseys, Team CoeBRAI included 16 veterans, 15 men and seven women. We averaged 51 years of age and ranged from 32 to 63. In addition to 12 Iowans, riders hailed from North Carolina, Kansas, Texas, Virginia, Missouri and Washington, D.C. We welcomed three father and son/daughter teams.

We ate well, we slept poorly, and we biked nearly 500 miles over seven days from Iowa's eastern border at Sioux City to the banks of the Mississippi in the Quad Cities. We even biked into Illinois -- across a metal path along the Arsenal Bridge -- to load for the van-ride home.

Mark your calendar for RAGBRAI registration opening on Nov. 15. The 44th is scheduled for July 24-30, 2016.

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