RAGBRAI Day Two: Tips on What to Pack and Where to Find Good Comfort Food

WINTERSET, Iowa -- RAGBRAI 2019 enjoyed some blue skies, sunshine and also some wind on Monday.

“It’s coming right at us. A tough day but we'll get to Earlham then and go south,” said Steve Farnsworth from Kirksville, Missouri.

When packing for RAGBRAI, there are a lot of things you could bring, but one is very important.

"The sunscreen [is important] but something definitely for your backside just so you don’t get to chafing and all that,” said Farnsworth.

Cindy Bouret of Thompson, Illinois, is on her ninth RAGBRAI. She has a hat, which is like a straw hat with a brim, but it’s also a bicycle helmet.

It’s a good hat to keep the sun off my face, and yesterday it kept the rain from dripping in my eyes when I was riding all day,” said Bouret. “I bring sunscreen, lots of cash and a credit, camping for camping gear and warm wear, as well as cold wear.”

In Stuart, student groups were raising money.

“This is for the West Central Valley After Prom and Booster Club,” said Lori Christensen, who was helping with the stand. “We have 3,500 bacon cheeseburgers.”

Next door in a local school, the FFA was selling watermelon to raise money for students to take an educational trip to Ireland in 2021.

“There’s lots of different cattle operations, and sheep is a big commodity over there as well as some forages and there’s a flower market. A lot of different history we’re going to see as well,” said Molly Dolch, who is the West Central Valley agriculture teacher.

Some riders made an unplanned stop in Menlo to catch one of their favorite RAGBRAI comfort foods: grilled cheese sandwiches. “We sell hundreds of sandwiches per day, even in the rain,” said Jake Whipple, owner of the company. “It’s a good comfort food, and it’s a good energy food."

RAGBRAI heads to Indianola on Tuesday.

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