During Day 6 we were officially saturated by the RAGBRAI experience! We woke at 6:30 to the pitter-patter of rain showers on the roof of our bus. Fortunately, the days route ran right by our host’s house in Waterloo. As we scrambled to put together our bikes and personal belongs for the ride, the rain picked up to an outright downpour! Greg and Kevin left town sooner after it was declared that soon even worse weather would be blowing into the area. Emily and Amy (the smart ones) would stay behind in the chase car to meet the boys en route.
Greg and Kevin made few stops in “the rain that never once let up”. They pedaled more-or-less straight for 62 miles and arrived in Manchester, IA shortly before noon to meet Emily and Amy at the overnight field. As if the gods were, in fact, conspiring against the blogBRAI team all morning, the skies clear shortly after the boys finished for the day. The rest of the Coneheads trickled in until about 3:00 pm.
Our bus and driver, Gary, suffered some minor difficulties after a run in with the law. There was, apparently, a mishap with the licensing and registration of the bus and, as a result, it was stranded at a highway patrol vehicle stop. About and hour and some alternative driver searching later we ended up with a young fellow from Des Moines named Jeremy who helped us pick-up the bus and drive it to our host’s field! Many thanks Jeremy! After that little speed-bump, it was time to relax with a cold brew and eventually seek out some food in downtown Manchester.
We are currently reporting from The Coffee Den in Manchester, and despite their overwhelmingly slow internet and mediocre coffee, it has not been a bad temporary base for blogBRAI. Off to a church dinner with an empty stomach. Mmm!
Tomorrow is our last day to ride! Oh how the time flies! Stay tuned for more updates and some parting thoughts from the team.