Jen Miller, 47, is an avid cyclist and retired marketing professional. The Iowa native, who now lives in Omaha, is riding RAGBRAI for her sixth time this year.
It's Tuesday and today is a short ride of only 49.9 miles into Des Moines, Iowa.
Riders are looking forward to enjoying the small towns of Minburn, Dallas Center and Van Meter.
The residents of those small, Iowa towns give their hearts to us cyclists.
This blog is dedicated to the volunteers that make RAGBRAI such a success.
Yesterday's century ride was tough. It was a long day. Without the volunteers along the route, we could not have finished the ride.
There were people along the route that handed out water. And it was much needed as I filled up my water bottle nine times. That meant nine different times we talked with kids or families who were always smiling and always willing to help.
There were volunteers that made sticky buns and homemade cookies. Whether it was Gatorade or lemonade, we thank all of the volunteers for their help.
I would like to give a special thanks to the U.S. Air Force Cycling Team. The 93-member team from all over the country rides RAGBRAI with one goal in mind: To help riders along the way.
Simply put, if you get a flat or need assistance, they are there to help. Sounds noble until you really need and meet them.
Coming into to Perry, Iowa yesterday with 97 miles on his odometer, my husband's back bike tire went flat. Now if any of you have flatted while riding in the middle of nowhere, you know how helpless you feel. On top of that, he had already had a flat earlier in the day and did not have anymore tubes.
Just then, a couple guys on the Air Force Cycling Team showed up. (Do you hear rescue music playing in the background?) They gave my husband a tube and he was on his way. I'm sure that was only one of several rescue stories today.
We also want to thank the church women of Iowa that bake the endless amounts of pie. From rhubarb, pumpkin and cherry to apple, peach and lemon, the pies are a hit for thousands of riders.
It's the hard work and kind hearts of all the volunteers that makes RAGBRAI so amazing.