It was a slow start for RAGBRAI riders Thursday morning. Many woke up a little later than normal in Knoxville.
“This is towards the end of RAGBRAI. The routine is down. They know what they’re going to expect. They have all their little things ready to go. So, they’re not as anxious to get going because they know what’s going to happen,” says Larry Roberts, rider from Ohio.
This is day five of the ride across Iowa.
Campers slowly crawled out of their tents and RVs Thursday morning around the Marion County Park. The beautiful weather may also have something to do with the late start. Riders weren’t anxious to beat the heat.
Some of the riders enjoyed a pancake breakfast before leaving town.
All the cyclists we talked with say they’re enjoying the ride and some are already making plans for next year’s RAGBRAI.
Some are spending the week doing more than just having fun. Three people from Iowa City are riding as Team Archaeology. It’s part of their outreach with the State Archaeologist’s Office.
“They ask things like how long have people been in Iowa. ‘What’s the neatest site you’ve ever seen? What’s the latest on the mammoth near Oskaloosa?’ It’s a great venue for people to ask questions,” says Alan Hawkins.
This is the sixth year for Team Archeology to ride RAGBRAI.
Thursday’s route is nearly the same distance as the past two days. Cyclists will pedal 52 miles.
From Knoxville, they’ll make stops in Pella, Bussey, Beacon and end the day in Oskaloosa.
The entertainment in Oskaloosa is at the town square. It’s the most beautiful square in the Midwest according to Travel and Leisure Magazine.
Live music starts at 2:00 p.m. The Nadas play at 7:15 p.m. and the Fishheads at 9:15 p.m.
Folks in town decorated more than 30 bikes to line the route as cyclists enter town.