I won’t bore you with the complete history of RAGBRAI.  Suffice it to say that 2013 is the 41st year they’ve been running it — since 1973.  If I remember the lore correctly, a features writer at the Register wanted to write some human interest stories on all the really smoking hot blondes “regular folks” who live in Iowan small towns.  He also wanted to travel to those small towns by bicycle.

The Godfather of RAGBRAI

He asked the sports writer guy to come along.  Sports guy said, “Sure.  We should put it in the paper and see if anyone else wants to go with us.”  Fifty to sixty other crazy people responded . . . and all of that caused me to have a really sore butt as I’m writing this.