RAGBRAI Day 7: All downhill from here.


Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant Sunrise in the camp.
Mt. Pleasant Hat fashion show.
Mt. Pleasant Almost ready to move out.
Mt. Pleasant Coffee and rolls at the car barn.


Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant The Cedar Valley Road.
Mt. Pleasant Most of the gang is ready to pose.
Mt. Pleasant All together, one last time.
Mt. Pleasant Wrapping paper is in short supply.


Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant

On the ride
Mt. Pleasant Gifts for the sherpas.
Mt. Pleasant A gift for the chief sherpa.
Mt. Pleasant The back of that shirt.
On the ride Not much shade out here, is there?


On the ride

On the ride

Roadside flowers

Roadside flowers
On the ride If it's so hot, why are his lips turning blue?
On the ride Just a few more hills, they say.
Roadside flowers Trumpet vines
Roadside flowers Note the elongated fruiting bodies of the trumpet vines.


On the ride

New London

New London

New London
On the ride A profusion of trumpet flowers wakens the riders.
New London Another batallion of Kybos.
New London The bandstand.
New London The FFA tent.


New London

New London

New London

Lowell
New London Street scene.
New London Welcome to the City of Redbuds.
New London They must be expecting some thirsty riders.
Lowell For once, a hill going down.


Lowell

Lowell

Lowell

Lowell
Lowell A family affair.
Lowell Crossing the Skunk River bridge.
Lowell Two members of Team Cockroach.
Lowell Only 3 miles? Let's go and pick up some geodes.


Lowell

Lowell

On the ride

On the ride
Lowell Skunk River, looking downstream from the bridge.
Lowell Skunk River, looking upstream from the bridge.
On the ride Atop the Skunk River Hill, a political rally.
On the ride It's a fundraiser, too.


Denmark

Denmark

Denmark

On the ride
Denmark A makeshift bike rack.
Denmark Resting in the town square.
Denmark The local school.
On the ride Strange-looking cattle.


On the ride

On the ride

Ft. Madison

Ft. Madison
On the ride Ah, that explains it. Elkburgers, anyone?
On the ride We must be getting close to the river.
Ft. Madison Close to the finish line.
Ft. Madison Waiting for the train to pass.


Ft. Madison

Ft. Madison

Ft. Madison

Ft. Madison
Ft. Madison Waiting for a spot at the dip site.
Ft. Madison Maybe we'd better re-hydrate first.
Ft. Madison The blood is dry now, so no first aid needed.
Ft. Madison Well, maybe some treatment is needed after all.


Ft. Madison

Ft. Madison

Ft. Madison

Ft. Madison
Ft. Madison Ed and the nice lady who shared her sleeping bag with him.
Ft. Madison Ed, Beveridges, and beverages.
Ft. Madison Victory is ours!
Ft. Madison End-of-ride ritual is steeped in tradition.


Ft. Madison

Ft. Madison

Ft. Madison

Ft. Madison
Ft. Madison Repacking the bikes for the long trip home.
Ft. Madison We didn't think there was that much pink skin left in this group.
Ft. Madison Almost done.
Ft. Madison A cornhead salute.


Ft. Madison

Ft. Madison

Ft. Madison

Ft. Madison
Ft. Madison Bribing the trailer driver?
Ft. Madison Let's get that cooler cleaned out.
Ft. Madison Garage for very low-slung cars?
Ft. Madison Another team prepares to depart.


Geneva, IL

Schaumburg, IL

Geneva, IL
Geneva, IL We clean up pretty good, don't we?
Schaumburg, IL A white egret is a sign of a safe flight.
Geneva, IL A final mystery: how did this happen?