First day less strenuous for riders

Cooler temperatures and a less strenuous first-day ride meant fewer medical calls for RAGBRAI riders than last year, one official said. Six people had been transported to the hospital by about 3:30 p.m., said Bob Libby, Director of CARE Ambulance, which provides emergency response services for RAGBRAI. “We probably had about half the incidents compared
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Rider records helmet’s-eye view of RAGBRAZi

Not able to ride RAGBRAI yourself? No worries. Thanks to Terry Fugate you can see what the ride looks like from a helmet’s-eye view. The retired Kansas City police officer mounted a camera to his helmet and is recording parts of the ride. “Like rolling into towns,” he said. “Or any time I see something
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Fire truck cooks pizzas — at 900 degrees

SHELBY, Ia. – Most fire trucks help distinguish fires. The one here does just the opposite. Lifelong friends and former U.S. Marines Kevin Spenla and David Ricardo, both of San Diego, bought a 1974 American LaFrance truck that once belonged to the fire departments in Newton, Ia., and Lorimor, Ia. They bought it last year
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Pool offers reprieve for riders, donations for prom

The ride from Minden to Tim Potts’ acreage is short but hilly. It didn’t take RAGBRAI riders long to discover Potts’s backyard swimming pool was a cool reprieve from the punishing afternoon heat and up and down route from Minden to Shelby. “I like the sociability of it,” Potts said. The route passed his house
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Day 1: What to know before heading out

Here’s a quick primer about today’s ride from Council Bluffs to Harlan: WEATHER: WHO-TV of Des Moines says scattered storms are possible early today and then clear out, though the clouds will keep things cooler. The forecast high is 85. TONIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT: The Mighty Nish Band will be on the main stage in Harlan. THE
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