I met Hal and Sandy on the first day when I drove into Fort Madison.  It wasn’t their first RAGBRAI.  Sixth one, I think?
They’re one of many folks I met from Colorado.  Training for hills in Columbus, Ohio involves using the non-stop wind to simulate hills.  But out west, they train using real hills:  the Rocky Mountains.

After our little journey up The Big Hill (actually called Mockingbird Hill I found out tonight) I caught up with them and asked them how they did up “the big hill.”
“Big Hill?” they asked a little puzzled.  “Oh, you mean that speed bump!”