Summer of the Bike: The Road Home

After our amazing experience on RAGBRAI we headed back to the west, with a few fun stops along the way.  Why hurry?  We’re retired!

Immediately following RAGBRAI we stopped in LaCrosse, Wisconsin for a luxurious night in a hotel (after eight nights in a tent) and, we were happy to be joined by cousin Stacie Schuler and her fiancé Colton for dinner.  These guys drove out of their way to come see us and we really enjoyed spending time with them.

The next day we headed back across Iowa (well, actually on the interstate in Minnesota) and stopped in Okoboji, IA to see Steve’s uncle Bob and aunt Sharon.

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Steve, Marnie, Sharon and Bob

We spent the afternoon on their boat and loved catching up with them!  After spending the night in Sioux Falls, we headed west into another state: South Dakota and South Dakota treated us well! We visited the Corn Palace in Mitchell, the Badlands, Wall Drug, Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, Deadwood, and Sturgis just days before the Rally. Checking things off our list and it was really fun!

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Buffalo Chip Saloon in Sturgis

Our final stop on the road trip home was in Denver to spend a little time with our dear friend Sam.  In our two days there we biked, dined, and caught a Rockies game in downtown Denver. While we could have spent more time, at this point we were ready to get home to see our dogs and our own bed.

What a great adventure we’ve had this summer!

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