Exactly 365 days ago today, and 52 weeks ago yesterday, Betsy, Sandy, Joyce, Ben and I set out to begin our 442 mile journey across the state of Iowa. I can't believe it's been a whole year since Ragbrai 2010. I'm a little disappointed in myself for riding so many fewer miles these past 12 months than I did before, but I am proud to have kept loving Lucy, to have kept writing i love Lucy, and to have remained active and energetic in a number of capacities.
Though I am nostalgic about the ride, I'm not too sad to miss it this year. I feel that I have a lot to plan and look forward to in the summer of 2012 so that keeps me connected. I am also keeping up with Jack, Rich, and others and will be living vicariously through my parents, who leave Tuesday morning to drive 2/3 of the way across the country to partake in 4 days of the party on wheels and end in my mom's homeland, Davenport.
In living vicariously, I may even share a guest post from one of the Shaws about what's going on in the wonderul world of Ragbrai. I will also be posting the route info for each day so that those of us that are staring at computers all day, instead of the open road, can dream about what else is out there. I'm a day late so we'll start with Sunday and Monday.
For those of you who are riding, have fun, and for those of you who aren't, please join next year!