It’s a warm evening in Orange City, our first overnight town. We arrived here by charter bus around 1pm, give or take.

The thing with time on RAGBRAI is, we tend to lose our desire to live according to our watches. That alone is freeing. We eat when we’re hungry. We go to bed when we’re tired. That isn’t how we live at home. The only exception is adhering to the 7am deadline to have our stuff loaded back on the moving truck by 7am each morning.

Orange City is a beautiful town. We visited the RAGBRAI Expo this afternoon which outlined the town square. We hung with friends, enjoyed a Dutch Letter, and tried to stay as cool as we could.

Tents are everywhere, as far as the eye can see. Ours is set up for the night near Unity Christian High School, and thankfully, port-a-potties are close by.

The band Pop Rocks entertained us downtown tonight and we boogied to a few 80’s songs. Great band!


We’re tucked in and ready for a (hopefully) good night’s sleep. 60-ish miles are ahead of us tomorrow, our first day of riding. We’ll update again soon!

Blessings!

Julie

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