RAGBRAI 2008

One of the first summers I lived in Iowa, people started talking about RAGBRAI this and RAGBRAI that. Whawhat?

Now I am proud to say that I can tell you that RAGBRAI is the (Des Moines) Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. And this year, I actually got to see the great…..hmmm, how to describe it???? Well, how about I just show you some pictures! It’s not a race, just lots and lots of bike geeks and friends and family riding and camping across 400 some miles of the great state of Iowa. Maybe some day I’ll be up to riding at least one segment of the great bike ride!

The hat lady who also provided a host home for some riders
The hat lady who also provided a host home for some riders
la tour de corn!
la tour de corn!
RAGBRAI love and inspiration
RAGBRAI love and inspiration
More RAGBRAI inspiration
More RAGBRAI inspiration
Riding together
Riding together

And here is our favorite RAGBRAI protector keeping everyone safe!

Full Moon

It’s a full moon tonight, but as it has been storming off and on since about 4pm, I doubt whether it will be visible. That makes me extra glad that I got some photos last night. I’ve been wondering if I’ll be able to see full moons from my new apartment balcony, and sure enough, the answer is “yes”.

Full moon, light someone’s way.

Full moon, pull me away

From earth and decay

To infinite day.

Full moon, away up there,

Full moon, avoiding despair,

Of gloom unaware,

Melt all our care.

Something new in Somerset

Somerset in north Ames can be thought of as  a semi-new-urbanist development.  You can go here to read about New Urbanism if you are so inclined, but it has to do with “promoting walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl” according to the Congress for new Urbanism.

Many Ames-ites  love The Cafe, a cozy restaurant that features a good variety of locally grown, in-season foods. The last time I went by there I saw what looked like a garden beside The Cafe and behind the gym. This new addition in Somerset remains a mystery to me…whose garden??? Whoever the owner, I have to say I am IMPRESSED! We’ve had way more rain than usual around here and the most experienced farmers and gardeners are behind schedule, but this garden looks like it was willed into the ground by a pro!  (alas, 2018 update:  it is no longer there)

A community garden in Somerset, Ames Iowa?
A community garden in Somerset, Ames Iowa?

 

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