(Jan) This summer is the 39th edition of RAGBRAI – Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. Conceived by two Des Moines Register Reporters who enjoyed biking, this ride takes bicyclists from west to east across the state of Iowa in one week. The 370-400 miles, depending on each year’s route, is split into Sunday through Saturday rides of 55-70 miles each day. This years route took bikers through Carroll County with a lunch stop at Manning, our home town, and an Overnight stop in Carroll.
Chuck and I were on our way home from Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and wanted to stop for a day or two to see my mom so stopping at Swan Lake State Park near Carroll and seeing RAGBRAI roll through worked out perfectly.
Many support people with RV’s or Pop-up’s joined us at the Campground so they and their riders could enjoy electrical hook-ups and Air-conditioning. But most of the riders carry their own camping gear; setting up and tearing down tents and camp sites each day. (Above right) Also, many belong to Bike Clubs that provide tents and set up and tear down at each night’s stop. (above left)
Manning hosted a fun & busy lunch stop. The pictures below are courtesy of the Manning Chamber of Commerce.
being entertained by ‘Nuns on the Run’