Team Fur Bandit has returned from an amazing adventure in Iowa. Ten team members set out from Rockford on Saturday, July 19 with their GPS set for the western shores of Iowa to participate the world famous Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). Seven days and over 450 miles of corn, sweat, and beers later, a tired, tanned and proud crew arrived triumphantly home.
Beginning in Rock Valley, Iowa and travelling through forty two mostly rural communities, we ended in Guttenberg, Iowa on the banks of the Mississippi. The team encountered everything from vehicle meltdowns to driving rains and 40 mph crosswinds, endless rows of corn and small towns where every yard displayed a welcome sign or a smiling waving resident. We met new friends and reconnected with old ones too. We ate heavenly pork chops and camped out behind city halls and funeral homes. We overcame a lack of sleep to power through 70 mile days. Memories were made and many personal goals were accomplished. It was truly the experience of a life time.
We will be posting pictures and road stories in the days to come, as soon as we catch up on some much needed sleep.