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RAGBRAI Day 5: Stylish kits, slip n’ slides and banjos

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Sun’s up, time to put on the cycling shoes. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

 

That’s five days down and two to go. I’ve learned a lot by riding my bike across Iowa with more than 15,000 people. Among them?

1. Cornfields swallow humans whole.

Kimery Duda of Austin steps into a cornfield. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

Kimery Duda of Austin steps into a cornfield. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

2. Never pass up an opportunity to use a slip ’n slide in front of a hay field.

 

We stopped to cool off on the slip 'n slide. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

We stopped to cool off on the slip ‘n slide. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

3. Watermelon-themed cycling kits are the bomb.

This guy special-ordered this cycling kit all the way from Australia. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

This guy special-ordered this cycling kit all the way from Australia. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

4. If you don’t have a watermelon-themed kit, try a tutu.

Fashion is an important consideration at RAGBRAI. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

Fashion is an important consideration at RAGBRAI. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

 

5. Everyone needs a bicycle-themed temporary tattoo.

We've got two more days of riding to finish our trip across Iowa. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

We’ve got two more days of riding to finish our trip across Iowa. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

6. The fictional character Walter Eugene “Radar” O’Reilly from the television show “MASH” grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa, where I’m staying at the local YMCA for the night.

7. Banjo music makes you pedal faster.

A banjo player serenades the stream of passing cyclists. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

A banjo player serenades the stream of passing cyclists. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

8. Half the population of Texas, including Lance Armstrong, is pedaling across Iowa this week.

9. Dill pickle slices do not belong on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

10. You really don’t need a map at RAGBRAI. Just follow the bikes in front of you.

I'm carrying a route map, but it's impossible to get lost. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

I’m carrying a route map, but it’s impossible to get lost. Photo by Pam LeBlanc


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