While pedaling away the miles on a typical RAGBRAI day, one of the things that often brings a smile to your face and a humorous bit of encouragement is the handmade roadside signs local residents post along the route. These are “Burma Shave” type commercials for those of you old enough to remember driving a highway and seeing a series of the signs with a partial message on each one leading to a final punch line.
Anyway, today I saw one of these sign series that I wanted to share:
1st sign: “Helpful Hints for your ride across Iowa”
2nd sign (with an arrow pointing to a cornfield on the righthand side of the road): “This is corn”
3rd sign (with an arrow pointing to a soybean field on the lefthand side of the road): “These are beans”
Punchline sign: “That’s all you need to know”
Yup, that’s the basics of what you’re going to see…lots of corn and soybean fields. But it’s hard to describe why that can still be something so beautiful to behold. You would think after having pedaled these many Iowa highways over the years that I would be tired of seeing the same thing. But after finishing the first day of this year’s ride I can’t wait to get back on the bike to pedal some more tomorrow.
We had a lot of headwinds today but I was on the road early enough this morning that I was able to finish the day before the winds got too strong. That also helped with the heat factor. It’s starting off to be a very hot week, with temperatures up to 100 the next couple of days. The most important thing is to drink lots of water and I’m careful to do that and am looking forward to another great ride tomorrow.