Thousands of bicycle enthuisasts set off from Council Bluffs on Sunday, July 21 as part of the 47th Annual RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Bicycle Ride Across Iowa). Their goal: to reach Keokuk by Saturday, July 27.
The vast majority of them did just that, dipping their tires in the Mississippi River to mark the end of their more than 450 mile ride. Organizers in Keokuk spent months preparing for the arrival of more than 10,000 riders and supporters by creating overnight parking lots, lining up food vendors, and building a dip site.
The result of that work was a six hour party along the riverfront on Saturday, complete with live music, cold beer, and plenty of spectators to cheer on the riders. It had been more than 25 years since Keokuk last hosted RAGBRAI.