RAGBRAI 2017 – Update 1

by | Jul 22, 2017 | #live2017

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!



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  1. Kim

    Hi Julie (and Hubby),

    I am excited to once again tag along on your tandem biking journey! Love the pics. Prayers for safety and success.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Kim, thank you for your prayers. We cherished each one. Thank you also for journeying with us as we traveled this year. Much love to you!

  2. Lorrie

    So glad to find your site. God’s blessings to you as you pedal through Iowa!Spencer is 10 miles from where I grew up, on Lost Island Lake! As you know, Iowa is warm and welcoming, and truly beautiful! Sage travels, and best wishes.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Thank you, Lorrie! We read your encouragement on our route and appreciated your words of blessing and hope! We enjoyed Spencer immensely. I imagine northern Iowa was an amazing place to grow up! We loved it up there and will look for reasons to return. That’s one thing I love about RAGBRAI… it helps us get acquainted with other parts and cities of the state. What a blessing! Thanks for stopping over and saying hello! Best wishes to you.


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