RAGBRAI: Crafting Up a Trail!
I’m excited to be crafting from the road Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday I’ll be back and just in time–the August issue of Craft Leftovers Monthly will be in the shop! I’ll be posting short mini posts of the projects I’m working on and what other crafters I meet are working on too. You see, it’s not just me going on the road this week. It’s about 10k cyclists and their support teams–many of which I’m just sure will be knitting on the road like Sarah and I.
Have you ever heard of RAGBRAI? Well, if you like cycling, it is quite the ride here around the midwest. The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa starts at the west border of Iowa and ends at the east border at the Mississippi. The tradition is to dip your bike in the west river and then the Mississippi at the end.
The seven-day total mileage for RAGBRAI averages 472 miles while the daily mileage averages 68 miles. You camp out or stay in host houses each night. We are camping. I’m so excited! There are loads of good food, music, and pie. Lordy, the pie is legendary. Those church ladies know how to put on a shin dig. Seriously, from what I’ve heard, the church hosted dinners and buffets are the cheapest, the most plentiful, and the very best!
It’s been a goal for me since moving to Iowa to ride at least a leg (one day) of RAGBRAI. I’ve been too much of a pussy to go through with it. This year I’ve been given the chance to see what it’s all about without the rigors of training and riding with so many people. I’m going to be a driver.
While it’s not fulfilling my goal of doing the whole ride, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. Next year, I’ll feel a lot more comfortable going for the whole thing–as a rider! Honestly, it’s not the training that intimidates me, it’s riding in packs with all those other cyclists. I know I can ride 75 miles a day, easy peasy. Riding with 10k other people? Scary!
So what am I crafting on the road?
A sweet fabric lined crochet bag I’m finishing up for the August issue of Craft Leftovers Monthly. I’ll show you progress from the road when I a quicky post in the morning.
I’m excited and a little nervous which is always a good sign of a fun adventure!
Pictures and stories soon!