Friday, July 17, 2015


It's summer again, so it must be time to start traveling again. The first ride of the summer will be a week across Iowa. The ride has been held annually since 1973 and attracts over 10,000 riders plus additional 5,000 support staff and vendors.

It's like a county fair that moves from town to town every day, starting at the western border of the state and ending at the Mississippi on the eastern boarder. It's the middle of the summer so it will be hot muggy with chance of thunderstorms and pouring rain, but that is all part of the charm. It's an adventure with 10,000 of your closest friends.

I rode RAGBRAI ten years ago at the encouragement of Jim and Lauri Young, long time biking friends. We had met on the coast to coast ride in 2002, Seattle to Boston. Also joining will be Phillipe and Agnes, friends from Paris. We met Phillipe several years ago on a ride and since road several trips with both Phillipe and Agnes.

All these bike rides start with a air of excitement, we just don't know what the ride will bring. Whatever it brings, we be experiencing it together. Maybe it will be a cool morning ride with the sun low on the horizon, or it could be a hot sun beating down on you as you push your way through a headwind, of head down in the pouring rain. It can be anything, but you can guarantee that there will be coffee stops and cool beers at the end of the day and swapping of stories. All in all, it all about the adventure, not the destination.

Check in occasionally as the trip progresses. If there is wi-fi and I have time, I’ll be updating the blog as we go.

Happy Biking,

Brian Cox

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