RAGBRAI humor keeps teen going

Fifteen-year-old Josh Livingston, of Seattle, is a first-time RAGBRAI rider. (MARY STEGMEIR / The Register) First-time rider Josh Livingston didn’t miss a beat this afternoon when asked his favorite part about RAGBRAI. “The downhill,” quipped the Seattle teen. The cyclist (and budding comedian) rolled into Des Moines’ Water Works Park today with his dad, Rob
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People-watching at Des Moines party on the bridges

5:00 p.m.: Not everyone hanging out along the Des Moines river this afternoon rode into the city with RAGBRAI. Becky Haines biked about 17 miles from home in Ankeny to the food and music fair. “We just came down to see all the crazy people,” she said. Her 14-year-old son Wilbur impressed a small crowd
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Chicken Poop Bingo: Exactly what it sounds like

Dallas Center, Ia. – It’s not unusual to have some, uh — how should I put this delicately? — some intestinal problems  during RAGBRAI’s week-long glutton-fest of fried food and homemade ice cream. But nobody was under more pressure to stay regular today than an anonymous chicken in Dallas Center. She was the star of
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Met on Perry Brr Ride 4 years ago, today left Perry on tandem as honeymooners

Honeymooners Joe Larsen and Leigh Yarger in Valley Junction, West Des Moines. // PHOTO BY TIMOTHY MEINCH Four years ago Joe Larsen met Leigh Yarger on the annual Brr Ride from Perry to Rippey. This morning the two woke up in Perry as honeymooners and pedaled their way to Des Moines on a bicycle built
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As cyclists move slowly into Des Moines, bars vow not to run out of beer

Gregg Mooers, a manager with Des Moines’ Doll Distributing, and Kelle Molloy, a director, stand next to a stocked Budweiser truck readied for RAGBRAI riders. (Josh Hafner/The Register) How much beer would a RAGBRAI require if a RAGBRAI rode through town? “It’s a whole hell-load of beer,” said Sara Middleton, the general manager of three
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RAGBRAI riders use Raccoon River Valley Trail, do not clog it

Some RAGBRAI riders used the Raccoon River Valley Trail through Dallas and Guthrie counties on Monday and Tuesday, but they did not clog it, a Dallas County Conservation official said. “I’ve heard it’s pretty open,” said Mike Beeler, natural resource manager for Dallas County Conservation. The Raccoon River Valley Trail is an 89-mile-long paved trail
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RAGBRAI veterans stop for first taste of Zombie Burger

Just finished with the day’s ride from Perry, RAGBRAI veteran Kieran Cullen looked over the famously wonky menu items at Des Moines’ Zombie Burger. He finally settled on the Undead Elvis – a burger featuring peanut butter and fried bananas – for his first experience at the restaurant in the East Village. A Storm Lake
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Riders take in history with ride at Feller museum

VAN METER — One blocK from the RAGBRAI route, two great American pastimes collided: biking and baseball. Between beers and pie, they stopped into the Bob Feller Museum to learn about a hometown Hall of Fame baseball player and war hero. “Obviously, with his being a local guy we wanted to check it out,” Korey
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