Most years I bring you a bicycle story, but I haven't been on my bike this whole season. My first thought was "no bike riding--no story"! Then I saw on the news where this new recreation trail bridge opened this week. This beautiful 180 ft structure over Oralabor Road in Ankeny is a key factor in the Central Iowa trail system. It connects the High Trestle Trail, Gay Lea Wilson Trail and Neal Smith Trail. This is kinda like finding a missing piece in a jigsaw puzzle--only better.

The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and the moon. It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both the summer and the winter. (NIV) (Psalm 74:16,17)



(Ragbrai photos courtesy of Eric and Tyler O'Connell.

Thanks--I love my Ragbrai shirt-2022. Cattle, hogs, chickens, cornfields and more. What a great tribute to Iowa agriculture).

My bike blog has a "part two"--this one is an action story. This is Ragbrai week (July 24-30, 2022.) The very first day Ragbrai passed through my home town, Anthon, Iowa. I wasn't there, but this brought back special memories to me. I rode my bike on Ragbrai for 35 consecutive years starting in 1978 -- Ragbrai VI. My Ragbrai time is much more than miles-- it's memories. I met a lot of friends, ate a lot of pie and even passed through a lot of rain and storms. I guess that's the way life is--but it always turns out good in the end.