Commuters in the Des Moines metro shared the road with 10,000 bicyclists Wednesday.
RAGBRAI riders rolled out of Des Moines and onto their next overnight stop in Knoxville.
They left Water Works Park bright and early, went up Fleur Drive and turned onto Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. The eastbound lanes were closed to give riders plenty of room.
Many cyclists stopped at the capitol for a photo op.
Then, it was onto the first stop for a breakfast break. RAGBRAI riders enjoyed a fair well as they left the city of Des Moines, taking the time to taste some fair favorites at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
“It’s nice to have this so close. Usually we have to ride 10 or 15 miles to food,” says RAGBRAI rider Scott Rhamy.
Riders were treated to state fair staples before leaving the capitol city. A handful of vendors lined the grand concourse serving up breakfast burritos, biscuits and gravy and bacon. Riders also started the day with burgers, brats, beef sandwiches and beer.
Spectators from the metro brought their lawnchairs to watch the parade of bikes go by.
Riders appreciated the send-off as much as the welcome and some say they’ll be back.
“I’m going to come back and see Des Moines see more of it. It’s not really enough time to soak it all in. It just looked like there was so much to do, so many museums, art galleries and everything. My wife and I are going to come back and pay you a visit,” says rider Mark Bundick.
Most riders said Des Moines was a great stop, between the concert, museum and all the other activities, they said they really enjoyed the atmosphere and warm welcome.
After the fairgrounds, the riders stopped will pedal through Adelphi, Runnels and Monroe. They’ll set up camp in Knoxville Wednesday night.
They’ll pedal 49.9 miles Wednesday, the same length as Tuesday’s route.