The route travels 71.7 miles and a relatively flat 1,631 feet of climb. You can ride a century that day by riding the Karras Loop to Plover. A highlight for many will be a visit to the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, truly one of Iowa’s gems! Monday will be Mr. Pork Chop Day a we ride in the memory of the late Paul Bernhard who served RAGBRAIers tasty pooooork choooops for decades!
This was a pretty rough ride for us. Lee and I stick together for the majority of the ride. Lukas decided to do the century and we finally made it to Algona only a little more sore than yesterday.
One exciting moment of the ride for me was about 8 miles into the start, my entire pedal assembly broke off my bike and was dangling to my clip on my left shoe. At the time I was on the far left hand side of the road and had to carefully maneuver back to the right with no ability to move my left foot or put it on the ground and my right foot was clipped to my bike. Luckily I didn’t fall over or get hit by another biker and I made it safely to the other side. The United States Air Force has a 150 member team of active duty men and women that provide an amazing service to the riders during the entire week. They always stop for anyone in distress and often times help with changing tubes and fixing other mechanical problems that inevitably occur. In my case they were right there by my side within about one minute and after five minutes we were able to figure out how to put the pedal assembly back onto the bike so that I was able to continue without needing a support vehicle to take me to the final destination.