RAGBRAI couple from Colorado unafraid of Iowa hills

Dave and Kathi Dibbern of Auroroa, Colo., pause for a snack in Garber on the final day of RAGBRAI 2014. (Kyle Munson/The Register) Dave and Kathi Dibbern perched themselves on a tree stump Saturday in Garber, the final pass-through town before RAGBRAI’s finish line in Guttenberg. They ride a tandem bicycle. And they’re unafraid of
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“Strawberry Shortcake” greets RAGBRAI riders

Taygan Shilhanek put her dramatic skills to use, getting into character as the iconic “Strawberry Shortcake” to greet RAGBRAI riders in Strawberry Point. The 15-year-old Starmont High School student handed out strawberry hard candies below the well-known strawberry that sits above the town’s city hall. Hearing riders’ stories and posing for photos on the ride’s
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Iowa’s favorite bachelor steals hearts in Strawberry Point

Iowa “Bachelorette” competitor Chris Soules hugs fan Claire McGuire in Strawberry Point on Saturday. Grant Rodgers/The Register A tire dip in the Mississippi is a rite of passage for RAGBRAI riders – but a smile and a hug from Iowa’s favorite bachelor was the must-have photo opportunity for riders on Saturday. Arlington farmer and recent
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Best library on RAGBRAI? This couple knows

David and Marianne House say small town libraries are like a big window into a community. So they’ve stopped at nearly every one along the route of the 42nd Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. The Peoria, Ill. couple did the same thing last year, for Marianne’s first RAGBRAI and David’s seventh. “It shows
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What to look for Saturday

It’s the final day of RAGBRAI XLII. Here’s a quick look ahead toward Saturday’s 69-mile ride from Independence to Guttenberg and the Mississippi River: MAP: Getting around in Guttenberg WEATHER: It will be sunny and warmer Saturday. No rain is expected as riders dip their front tires in the Mississippi River. High: 87° Low: 61° Wind: 5-10 mph SSE
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Chris Soules of ‘Bachelorette’ will be in Strawberry Point

Chris Soules — the Iowan who appeared on TV’s “The Bachelorette” this summer and is the subject of a campaign for him to be declared the next star of “The Bachelor” — is scheduled to appear from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Strawberry Point fire and rescue fundraiser, representatives said. DES MOINES
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