Our day started at 1:20 a.m. when I woke as my husband was attempting to “batten down the hatches” of our tent. A storm was rolling in. Only by the grace of God did he wake to look at the weather radar on his phone in time to do so.
But of course, my husband was prepared, as he always is, and had our tent ready for such an instance.
Rain came quickly, while I prayed for God’s protection. I get a uneasy in storms, especially while in a tent. Our tent didn’t fail us, as we stayed dry. God didn’t fail us either as we woke at 5:30 to no rain.
I find it interesting the simple things I become thankful for on RAGBRAI. This morning it was breaking camp in no rain, and this view to the east.
Peddling toward the first town, everything changed. Rain steadily fell as we biked alongside of other crazy bikers. For an hour rain drops fell from our helmets, my nose, my fingertips. The dirty road was evidenced on my legs as they took the brunt of the tires back spray. This was not my idea of a good time.
But when the clouds parted and the sun popped out, the thousands we were with cheered for joy. All was good in the RAGBRAI world again.
The rest of the day was beautiful. Low humidity and pleasant low 80’s for temperatures. And a tail wind. That’s a bonus! We had a fun afternoon together.
After 68 miles we arrived in Fort Dodge where we are again tucked in for the night. A cool night of sleeping is ahead. I’m thankful for much tonight. Riding in the rain this morning helped me appreciate the beautiful weather I so often take for granted. It also reminded me to just keep peddling in this life, even through the times we want to give up and quit.
I’m so glad we didn’t quit when it was awful and hard this morning.
We have 73 miles ahead of us tomorrow. I’ll update you again soon. Until then, God bless you!