Team Google offers smartphone juice

Trusting RAGBRAI riders leave their cellphones at a Google charging table on Thursday, July 23, 2015 on RAGBRAI in Vinton. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Trusting RAGBRAI riders leave their cellphones at a Google charging table on Thursday, July 23, 2015 on RAGBRAI in Vinton. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Trusting RAGBRAI riders leave their cellphones at a Google
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The quirkiest (and creepiest) shop on RAGBRAI

La Porte City, Ia. — Even among the horde of bikes, it was nearly impossible to miss the 7-foot-tall foam mushroom situated along Main Street in downtown Vinton. Then I spotted the grotesque masks and the name of the shop behind the giant fungi: Midnight Creations, subtitled “The Secret Laboratory.” By day, owner Kerry Hopkins
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The perils of spandex, bladders on RAGBRAI

A line of portable toilets awaits a crowd of RAGBRAI riders. Timothy Meinch/The Register Spandex, full bladders and portable toilets. The combo gets a wee-bit complicated when multiplied by the thousands along the RAGBRAI trail. Some riders avoid the situation altogether by embracing the endless walls of cornstalks. Other veterans devise strategies, crafted and mastered
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Belly dance troupe goes pirate for RAGBRAI

Riders Thursday morning pedaling up the last big hill out of Hudson were entertained by Prairie Rose Dance Troupe. The Waterloo-based foursome of Middle Eastern belly dancers turned pirate for RAGBRAI in keeping with the first pass-through town’s chosen theme. “We’re doing a few of our favorite little numbers here for the enjoyment — or
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Random joke inspires reddit RAGBRAI

Stephen Greenwood of San Francisco, Calif., chats with fellow “redditors” Wednesday, July 22, during a meetup in the middle of RAGBRAI in Parkersburg. (Jon Britton/Special to The Register) Parkersburg, Ia. – I’ll keep this simple and explain that there were two reasons I wanted to catch up with Stephen Greenwood on the fourth day of
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