Do you think random bike riders feel intimidated or sheepish when confronted with a horde of RAGBRAI riders? RAGBRAI came through our town today and I noticed a lot more people riding bikes around town last night and this morning, obviously not participating in the big ride and I wondered what they were thinking.
I also noticed that a large number of RAGBRAI riders are grossly overweight and it made me sad because they are still in better shape than I am. There is no way I could have ridden 83 miles in 83 degree sunny weather today.
One more thought about RAGBRAI: what is the point of riding across the state if you don’t stop to enjoy each town you ride through. I witnessed so many people today just scooting right through town and heading to the final destination at 10 in the morning. What in the world do you do for the rest of the day? They were headed to Waterloo and honestly, who wants to be in Waterloo for that long?
New topic, unless you want to talk about the large variety of junk food and beer offered to the “healthy” RAGBRAI riders along the route…
If I want my house to be clean and picked up, do I have to do everything? My husband, as previously noted, is a wonderful man and I knew that he was a bit….sloppy…before we got married. While I understand that he is not home very often and is super-tired when he gets here, I’m struggling a little with the dropped clothes and pocket crap all over the house. Listen, I don’t blame him because I have been known to make a few piles in my time but I typically put all my things away within a couple of days. Blair does not have that internal clock nor does he care if it sits out forever. So, my conundrum is this: do I go against every instinct I have and clean up after him as I do the children (although they are already better at picking up after themselves than he is) or do I nag and sigh loudly until he picks it up? I suppose the third option is just to live with the mess but it truly makes me anxious to have stuff lying all over. Not to mention the fact that his clothes generally come with a large dropping of hay silage or cow poop….ugh. I would buy How to Train your Husband.
One more conundrum for the day: should I take tired kids back to the RAGBRAI celebration because I don’t know when they will get the chance again or should I keep them all home and relax and know that they are all safe and I am mentally healthy? We walked around uptown for a couple of hours this morning, collected almost 30 states by asking riders where they hailed from, and ate a route lunch. I think that is enough for the day, we’re going swimming.
One conundrum solved, many more to go.