In celebration, I dug out some old RAGBRAI photo albums and picked out a few photos from various rides. These are all from the late 80's and early 90's, when I was young, carefree and could party and ride all week long.
My first RAGBARI. I did it on a Specialized Rockhopper! Oh how times have changed!
If you build it, they will come. I convinced my downstairs neighbor and good friend to come along that year. She had no idea what she'd gotten herself into....and loved it.
Is that Shoeless Joe?
After a couple years on that Rockhopper I found a used Bridgestone road bike.
It totally changed riding for me! It was a fantastic bike and unfortunately, I sold it years later not knowing what I had. My brother still rides the old Trek he's on in this photo.
I wore that silly white bandana every year! Oi!
One year I did the ride on my own and hooked up these guys from Minnesota early in the week. We rode together off and on throughout the week. One of the things I love about the ride is meeting folks and teaming up, be it for a few hours or a few days.
The end of the road....for a year, anyway.