Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Ragbrai is coming to Keosauqua on Saturday, and the town is getting ready for it!!!  Do any of you guys know just what Ragbrai is...I bet there are some bicyclist out there that do....Murphy and Stanley????  Here are some interesting facts about Ragbrai...
1. A few friends got together in 1973 to bike across Iowa and there has been a Ragbrai ever since.
2. Ragbrai riders have came from all over the world and ALL the major newspapers in the country.
3. Major magazines such as TIME, Reader’s Digest, Sports Illustrated, Ford Times, Smithsonian, Saturday Evening Post, National Geographic’s Traveler, SHAPE, Bicycling and many others have offered coverage of RAGBRAI.
4. In 1986, the NBC-TV TODAY Show was on the ride and in 1987 featured RAGBRAI on the Sunday evening news. CBS Television included a report on RAGBRAI XVI in 1988 on its Friday evening news.
5. In fact, the ride has become so popular that RAGBRAI officials now limit the number of week-long riders to 8,500 in order to maintain a sense of control and insure fewer injuries.
6. In 1988, an estimated 23,000 riders had taken part in the leg of the ride from Boone to Des Moines by 3 p.m. In 1992, an estimated 17,000 riders rode the leg of the ride into Des Moines. And in 1997, an estimated 20,000 riders pedaled into Des Moines from Creston.

This is a picture of our village when you are bicycling down the long hill, or in their case on Saturday UP the long hill.

Mom is going to TRY to take us down to the Park on Saturday after the bikers and the 10,000 (no lie!!!) cars will be gone after 1:00 pm and take a picture of us with this big bike.

When they leave our town at 1:00 pm they will ride onto Fort Madison for the night and dip their bike wheel in the Mississippi river and that means the trip is over.

Friday night they are staying in the town where our Dad works, he is crazy cos he know they will be hungry for Greek food.  Mom said he is going to be hot and tired and we had better behave.

FOOD FOR ThOUGHT:  Our village is the biggest in Van Buren County ...there are 1,006 people that live here, imagine 8500 bikers plus 10,000 visitors from 5 AM till 1:00 PM and guess what they are routed to go right past our house and on down to the park where there will be food, water and fun waiting on them.  We are gonna have to get up early to watch them zoom by our house.  Mom is hoping for some photo shots, IF she is awake.  Here is what they will see on their route.

First, our house.  Then...
Then ME watching them zoom by our house, (yes, this is a Halloween picture...well you all know the sad story of the camera cord)

 the historical cannon across the street that PIP and PUDDLES were shot out off.  We wanted to put up a sign to tell the bikers that but the town council said NO.

Then the Welcome Center and.....
The Park.........

The Bridge at the Park
Famous Hotel Manning and
the Water Marks on the side of the hotel to show how high the flood waters have gotten over the years, the two highest marks are when we lived here, but our house is up on the hill.

We think they are gonna like Keosauqua alot, but we also think they are gonna be so glad that it is almost over for them, that they will be anxious to move on to Fort Madison.  We are gonna watch for MURPHY and STANLEY to see if they are in the pack zooming by our house, and if so, we sure hope they stop for breakfast!!


  1. Have a blast, shout at all the bikers for Dad!, he has about 20 friends that will be doing your Ragbrai this year!

    the Mad Scots

  2. I bet those bikers will appreciate seeing you cheering them on!

  3. I had never heard of this race, so I learned something new today. Stellie, you look wonderful in your picture, even though it's an old one. Your house is BEAUTIFUL! I wish ours looked like that!

  4. That's going to be so much fun to watch! We think you should all be sitting out front and when they ride by your house, tell him how they are doing. And if they don't listen the first time, tell them LOUDER!

    We agree, Dad will truly be tired when its all said and done.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  5. Wow we'd be out there barking away. Have fun. We have a London to Brighton race every year which starts off in our park. Hope it is not too hot for the riders. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. We had never heard about this, but it sounds like fun. Enjoy all your visitors! Lee and Phod

  7. Make sure to drink lots of waters, for your throat may get dry from all that barking - er, I mean cheering! Your village and house is beautiful.


  8. WhoooooHoooooo what fun and what a beautiful house you have .. Kick Mom outta bed to get some photo's xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  9. Karen Ramstead, of Iditarod fame, is riding the RAGBRAI! Look for her and the Winter Chicks!
    Play bows,

  10. Wow that is a lot of people to come to your little town.
    Bet they will love it there!
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  11. We did not know about this at all but we will see if Dad will hook up the No Walkin' Amish Cruisin' Wagon so we can ride in it. And you know we would stop by for breakfast. Will there be bacon?

    Your Pals Who Did Not Get The Royal Baby Named After Either Of Them,

    Murphy & Stanley

  12. OMD All those Peeps.... there won't be room fur you to even READ peeMail... let along Leave any.

    We hope there will be pictures of this exciting thingy.

  13. Wow! Exciting and big doings!!!

  14. Oh, I have heard of that! My friend lives in Iowa and my hubby loves to ride his bike (well, when his knees aren't hurting...) so she's always trying to talk him into doing it. Have fun watching all the riders go by! I'd be dead last if I was doing it!

  15. If they came by our house mama would have to keep the door closed and we'd be stuck in the kitchen all day because we'd bark at them ...

    That is one awesome bike.

    Thanks for the tour of your town! We should do that sometime ... Our town is small so it wouldn't take long! BOL

    Love Zoe, Peyton, Webster, Liberty & Whitney

  16. What a cool place. We never heard of it
    Benny & Lily

  17. Stella Rose, don't let mom shoot you out of that cannon. No matter what. Just say no.