Wind, rain and hail, Mother Nature threw it all at Iowa Monday evening, hitting RAGBRAI celebrations in Perry.
Riders came from all over the country and were welcomed to Perry with hot weather Monday afternoon.
Around 20,000 riders pedaled in to the smallest stop on the route.
Iowa natives say they enjoy the ride to get a different view of the state they already love, “It’s nice to get away and to see everything. It’s Iowa in slow motion, you get to enjoy everything,” says Chris Woodward from Estherville.
Perry pulled out all the stops for the riders. Months of preparation paid off says Perry based, Lee Coons, “For a small town, we didn’t miss a beat.”
Coon says a rocking party and an 80s theme will help put the small town on the map.
Many of the cyclist agreed, even Monday evening’s storm couldn’t dampen the spirits in Perry.
From Perry it’s on to Des Moines Tuesday. As riders reach the metro, drivers can expect road closures.
The bikes will come into West Des Moines on Raccoon River Drive under the interstate and then connect with Grand Avenue.
The northbound off ramp from I-35 to eastbound Grand Avenue will be closed to traffic.
From Grand riders will turn east onto Railroad Avenue.
They will also take a two block detour down Fifth Street to Elm and then back to Railroad on Fourth Street.
All of Railroad will be closed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The last leg through West Des Moines will take riders down railroad to First Street and then south on First Street to Park Avenue.
Riders will head east on Park Avenue into Water Works Park in Des Moines.