But this time is different. I'm arming myself with camera and a smile. I'm out to see more and meet more people. People come from every where, even from other countries. It's really pretty amazing. up to 15,000 people ride across the state. I will have to stop and get my morning bloody Mary. I can't give that up. This a Smithsonian article on ragbrai to give the history. written by Megan Gambino. She sums it all up. Just click on the picture to read the story.
The first Great Six-Day Bicycle Ride Across Iowa was in 1973. It was created by journalists and bike enthusiasts John Karras and Don Kaul.
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The Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa
Now in its 37th year, RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest touring bike ride in the world
- By Megan Gambino
- Smithsonian.com, July 02, 2009