there is nothing better than the RAGBRAI crowd! people from all over the country meet in one super small town on the west side of Iowa to bike one of the most flat corn filled states in the union. but there is nothing better in Iowa than this ride!
in our 2nd RAGBRAI year, the Cyclelogical crew packed the car full of gear, tee’s, bags and all the fun stuff we sell for the nearly flooded town of Glenwood, IA. Unlike other trips, when the Cyclelogical crew leaves the miniature crew member (the 8 year old) behind, this year she was able to come along! what a great kid…super helpful, amazing sales person and best of all she learned how to swim in the deep end of the pool at our hotel!
This year the expo event at RAGBRAI was a bit different from last year, yep this year it was about 98 degrees, with a heat index well over 200 degrees, well, lets just say it was uncomfortable and hot. It did rain 3 times, which we thought would help with the heat, but it just made life under our tent worse! we also ran into a server thunderstorm warning, which we thought we could wait out even though the ‘take cover’ sirens were going off, until someone from the sherif’s dept came by on a bike and told everyone to take cover in the nearby high school. haha. at that point, we ducked inside for about 30 min.
at this point in the day, we didnt know what to do, keep selling stuff, pack up and go home or just hang out with all the bikers? We finally decided to re-pack our car, I say re-pack, because during the frenzy of getting to the high school, we threw all our gear into the back of our car…key word ‘threw’. Our idea was to re-pack our car, take everything out and put it all back in some type of organized way, but while we repacked, the cyclelogical team decided to put the tent back up and hang up one shirt…our famous ‘I am the Motor’
Let the madness begin. for the next 3 hours, we were swamped with people, nonstop we were moving and shakin! it was a great way to show the miniature cyclelogical crew member what business is all about!
did i mention we only hand hung up one shirt! about an hour into the madness, the rest of the shirts went up!
what a good time, as always RAGBRAI and the RAGBRAI riders are great. some of the best in the world. we had a great day meeting all kinds of people, checking out everyone’s bikes and enjoying everyone’s excitement as they got ready to embark on their 400+ mile ride!