Thousands dip tires in Mighty Mississippi

A gold-clad Elvis impersonator was on hand to croon to RAGBRAI participants at the ride-ending tire dip in the Mississippi River in Fort Madison. Michael Morain/The Register FORT MADISON – Thousands of RAGBRAI riders glided into town under a cotton-cloudy sky as locals cheered them toward the Mississippi River. The last obstacle on the 407-mile trek from
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First RAGBRAI runner finished at the Mississippi

FORT MADISON — Pete Kostelnick stood at the bank of the Mississippi River early Saturday afternoon with sun-tanned shoulders and a sweat-stained short from running 423 miles across Iowa. Kostelnick, 25 of Lincoln, Neb., was on the road at midnight to finish the final 63 miles from Fairfield to Fort Madison. “It’s unreal. It still
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Bonaparte Inn would be a heck of a RAGBRAI souvenir

The historic Bonaparte Inn. BONAPARTE – Looking for a RAGBRAI souvenir? How about the historic Bonaparte Inn? The 13-room brick hotel went up for sale earlier this month, for an undisclosed price by the owner in Scottsdale, Ariz., who bought it in 2004. The three-story 1892 building started as a pants factory before it cranked out gloves
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RAGBRAI riders welcomed at end of journey

BENTONSPORT – Riders woke early this chilly morning in Fairfield and hustled to get a headstart on the 63 miles to the Mississippi River in Fort Madison. A hot air balloon hovered above the route as it twisted up (and up) through the hills of Jefferson and then Van Buren counties. In Birmingham, where folks stopped
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Air Force team provides helping hand along the route

There’s a story Mike Widener likes to tell about someone on RAGBRAI who once asked what kind of tire tubes the Air Force uses that cause so many flat tires. “They apparently thought we were on the side of the road because we had flats, but really we were helping other people,” said Widener, an
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Day 7: What to know before heading out

Here’s a quick primer about today’s 63-mile concluding ride from Fairfield to Fort Madison: WEATHER: Clear skies and cool temperatures will wrap up RAGBRAI. The temperatures will be chilly this morning. Expect a high in the 70s. TODAY’S ENTERTAINMENT: Main Stage Entertainment: Cherry Gun Band THE SIGHTS: Here’s a brief selection of the things you’ll encounter today: Oldest
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