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RAGBRAI 2019      

Pork Belly Update #13---Our Week in the Corn!

July 12, 2018

Dear Porkers,

 

Oh baby, we are crossing stuff off our lists. How about you? Is your plan coming together? Are your quads bulging from all those training rides? Is your duffel bag open on your bedroom floor?

 

In any case, you deserve some uplifting news to waft you through the rest of your preparations. Here's a glimpse, a sniff, a taste of what's waiting for you in Iowa...

Here's

Our Week

in the Corn!

 

One quick practical matter.....

FINDING PORK CAMP

 

Three ways of finding Pork Camp...

 

1) Our maps of each overnight town are coming to you soon. When our hosts have signed off on these, we'll send them to you by email and put them up at the website and on our APP! Got the Pork Belly APP?

 

2) See our Locations Card below. We'll be giving each of you this card at check-in. You'll always have it with you, and it tells you where to find your home base at the end of each day's ride.

 

3) PBV Directional Signs.

 

Directional Signs to Pork Camp

Last year, we put a checkerboard pattern on our sign, to help you spot it from the saddle. When you ride into town, watch the right hand side of the road for PBV route signs directing you to camp. Just before the route to Pork Camp diverges from the route to the main campground, we'll begin posting these signs. They are 8.5" X 11". You might see it posted vertically to direct you straight ahead or horizontally to signal a turn. You can also watch for our big red-and-white canopies or the large grid of look-alike tents.

 

BELOW: At check-in, we will give each of you the PBV Locations Card.

FINDING PORK CAMP

 

Directional Signs to Pork Camp

Last year, we put a checkerboard pattern on our sign, to help you spot it from the saddle. When you ride into town, watch the right hand side of the road for PBV route signs directing you to camp. Just before the route to Pork Camp diverges from the route to the main campground, we'll begin posting these signs. They are 8.5" X 11". You might see it posted vertically to direct you straight ahead or horizontally to signal a turn. You can also watch for our big red-and-white canopies or the large grid of look-alike tents.

Every Day with PBV

 

Morning Coffee/Grab-and-Go Breakfast Items

 

If you think coffee is a big deal in real life--dude, wait till you crawl out of your tent at 5:30 in the morning. Our fresh-brewed bottomless cup of coffee is a game changer. Note the location of the coffee trailer in the afternoon--we start brewing at 4:30 a.m. and you may be finding us in the dark. Don't mind our bed heads, and we won't mind yours.

The NEW coffee trailer will always be located near Roll With It, the front desk trailer. Near this trailer, you'll find an array of breakfast items from each vendor in each overnight town--and most of our vendors are non-profits, raising funds for kids, for athletic programs, or for their community. The typical breakfast offerings in Pork Camp are some combination of these popular items: hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, bananas, some sort of donuts/pastries/muffins/sweet rolls, oatmeal packets, cheese sticks, granola bars, chocolate milk, and maybe other yummy things.

 

(Some of our vendors have promised hot breakfast--egg casserole on Tuesday morning in Winterset for example. We'll be letting you know about all details via our app during the week!)

 

BELOW: Here are our friends from Habitat for Humanity (the Women Build chapter) who were snack and breakfast vendors last year in Iowa City. You can feel good about the yogurts and bananas you buy this year, friends, as most of our breakfast vendors are raising funds for a good cause.

Massage in Pork Camp

We'll have 10 massage therapists in camp--and their schedule has started to fill up from all the folks writing in response to our June Letter. If you want to make massage appointments in advance, you can still write to Julie at massage@pkbelly.com. Give Julie your name, the timeframe you prefer, the duration of the massage, and whether you prefer a male or female therapist.

Trumpet Chick!

Our favorite NYC musician is an Iowa girl, and she comes home from New York City to ride across her home state and play reveille in Pork Camp each morning. A little before sunrise, you'll hear the trumpet of Alicia Rau. In the evening, too, when the sun goes down. Thanks for rolling with us, Alicia!

Pork Yoga

Nothing like a little a little down-dog to stretch out your hamstrings. Pork Yoga with Traci happens every day at 5:00. Bring a mat or use our blankets. We're planning for 5:00 each day, but watch our announcement boards in camp for class times. Beginners welcome. Stretch those muscles and clear your head. Be sure to give Traci a big "Namaste."

 

ABOVE and BELOW: Goat yoga with Traci... no goats in Pork Camp, though.

 

 

Bike Mechanics

Our mechanics will set up in Pork Camp each day about 3:00 through dinner. They can't overhaul your bike, but they can make adjustments for you. You can tip, but otherwise, no charge.

NOTE: We still have indoor sleeping available on two nights, Tuesday and Friday. More info below, and contact Sara, sara@pkbelly.com, please, to reserve your spot. You'll have make your donation before you come to Iowa...

 

And now, without further ado...

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Here's a Walk through Our Week ...

GATHER ON SATURDAY,

Mustering Day in Council Bluffs

~~Saturday at a Glance~~

  • Council Bluffs, near the Mid-America Center, surrounding Springhill Suites Hotel
  • An easy walk to the Bike Expo, which opens at noon
  • All day till 8:00 pm, Check-in for PBV Weeklong Support
  • Afternoon/Evening: Food trucks of Pomodoro, Attack-A-Taco, Chicago Dawgs, and The Pie Guy.
  • Coaches arrive throughout the day; heavy arrivals from 11:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • About 5:00 p.m. The incredible "Far and Wide" on Stage
  • Sunday morning—grab and go breakfast items--and probably breakfast burritos-- beside our coffee trailer

All day long, coaches will swing in and unload--- coaches from Keokuk, from Omaha, and from Des Moines. When you step off the coach, grab your bags and come to the Front Desk to check in for our support.

Once you're checked in, your tent is up, and your chores are done, you might want to Attack A Taco. Look around for these great vendors in Pork Camp.

 

  • The Pie Guy tent--Toby has promised sweet potato pie, orange custard merengue, and strawberry cheesecake for starters.

 

  • The Pomodoro food truck offers pasta w/ marinara, Alfredo Mac n cheese, Italian beef and sausage sandwiches, cheeseburgers, and usual mozzarella sticks, crab Rangoon, egg rolls, French fries, and onion rings.

 

  • The Attack-A-Taco food truck... a delicious variety of amazing Vegan Tacos,

 

  • The Chicago Dawgs food truck: "We don't sell hotdogs. We sell memories." Kelly also offers a variety of sausages and Italian beef sandwiches.

 

The RAGBRAI Bike Expo is maybe five/six blocks from camp--you'll see on our Council Bluffs map, out soon!

 

Remember last year, those talented young people who blew your hair back? Once again, we'll have BluesEd high school musicians on stage, starting about 5:00. We know there's a lot going on Saturday, but try not to miss these guys. They play at Jazz on the Green and other Blues events, alongside professional adult musicians. They're jaw-droppingly talented.

 

COME SUNDAY MORNING...

When you wake up Sunday, come straight to the coffee trailer. Dave starts brewing at 4:30. Kelly's food truck will be there with breakfast items too, so you can get something in your stomach before you hit the road.

 

Remember--baggage on the Stupidity trailer by 7:00.

 

Your Iowa odyssey begins! 

 

 

ABOVE, LEFT, BELOW: Far and Wide, our Saturday BluesEd performers. If you look away from the stage, you'll swear that you're hearing a veteran blues band! They'll rock your world.

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COUNTY-FAIR SUNDAY,

Fairgrounds of Cass County in Atlantic

~~Sunday at a Glance~~

  • Cass County Fairgrounds
  • 58 miles
  • Afternoon/Evening, Lunch Offerings from the Future Farmers of America--ribeyes on the grill
  • Swimming pool almost within view
  • A little petting zoo, from the Future Farmers of America (youth)
  • Pop-up Performance, Crooner Nick Fleisinger: "Come fly with me, come fly, let's fly away..."
  • 5:00 p.m. Pork Yoga on the Grass
  • 5:00 p.m. Demonstration from Bear Grove Chainsaw Carving--Jeff Coss on the chainsaw!
  • 5:00 p.m. Welcome Supper in the Cattle Barn, Included for all Weeklong Porkers, menu below
  • 5:00 p.m. Kris Lager Band on Stage in the Cattle Barn--this band will get your feet tapping!
  • Indoor sleeping in the Cass County Community Center. Your bags can be inside during the day--they'll tell you to stack them in a corner. At about 7:30, you can come on in and roll out your bedroll. (This building will be used for First Aid and an info center during the day.)
  • Monday morning—Grab and Go Breakfast beside the coffee trailer from the Atlantic Cross-Country Athletes!

The fair happens a week after RAGBRAI pedals through Atlantic, but you'll certainly get the county-fair vibe on Sunday!

 

It's a respectable first day's ride at 58 miles. You'llcome home to the Cass County Fairgrounds with a large field above the Community Center for our rental tents, and a shady area below the Community Center, with regular camping beside a stream and in and among the fairgrounds buildings. Our showers will flow in the Community Center parking lot. We are thrilled to have so much involvement from the Future Farmers of America (FFA) youth!

 

ABOVE: this totem is the work of chainsaw artist Jeff Coss, who will do a demonstration--carving a pig, of course--in Pork Camp. And that's Pork Camp, or part of it, beyond the totem.

When you least expect it, Crooner Nick will surprise you with a favorite tune from the 40s or 50s. This kid sounds like Sinatra.

 

Supper's at 6:00 with a pork loin sandwich, bun and bbq sauce, roasted red potatoes, red cabbage slaw, 4-bean salad, and assorted cookies for dessert. The vegetarian alternative to the entree is a grilled portobello mushroom. Carry your plate into the Cattle Barn, Porkers, where you'll find our stage... and back by popular demand, ladies and gentlemen... The Kris Lager Band! Their grooves are highly contagious.

 

COME MONDAY MORNING... Grab-and-go breakfast items beside our coffee trailer from the Atlantic Cross-Country Team.

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MADISON COUNTY MONDAY

Legendary Small-Town Iowa in Winterset

 

BELOW: The birthplace of John Wayne in Winterset, Iowa

~~Monday at a Glance~~

  • Winterset, green-green grass on the soccer fields
  • 68 miles (longer day)
  • Afternoon-Evening Lunch Offerings from Brad and his Up In Smoke food truck--burgers, ribeyes, pulled-pork tacos, and loaded fries. He can do a meatless version of the tacos too!
  • 5:00 p.m. Pork Yoga on the Grass
  • 6:00 p.m. Supper Tonight is optional and delicious: Brad's Brisket, dinner roll, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, broccoli salad, and a brownie or cookie for dessert (Veg alternative entree: grilled portobello mushroom)
  • 6:00 p.m. Tara Vaughn on stage with her She-Rocks! band. Tara was a favorite last year!
  • Tuesday morning—grab and go breakfast items beside the coffee trailer, plus Brad's egg casserole, pastries, and fruit.

ABOVE: Tara Vaughn on stage Monday night!

 

On Monday, Porkers, you'll be coming home from a longer road to the setting of The Bridges of Madison County and the birthplace of John Wayne.

We feel fortunate to have met Brad Jones, the owner of Up In Smoke. Brad will vend lunch out of his food truck, cater our delicious (optional) supper, and offer breakfast--hot and cold items--beside the coffee trailer on Tuesday morning.

 

Our shower trailers are across the street today, but they'll feel mighty good!

Up to you whether you dine with us tonight or not... you could argue that your legs might need a rest, and it would be a mistake to miss the voice and vibe of Tara Vaughn. But it's a straight shot about one mile to the Winterset food vendors in the downtown area.

 

COME TUESDAY MORNING... you don't have far to ride today, Porkers. Might be fun to take a slice of Brad's egg casserole and a pastry and have a little breakfast picnic before you leave camp. He'll offer our usual grab-and-go breakfast items beside the coffee trailer, too!

 

BELOW: Tara Vaughn on the Pork Belly stage last year in Sigourney, Iowa.

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COOL TUESDAY

Cool Hosts, Cool Volunteers, Cool Pool in Indianola 

~~Tuesday at a Glance~~

  • Indianola, the Indy YMCA
  • 39 miles (yes, you read that right)
  • 10:00 a.m. YMCA closes to its members and becomes Pork Belly Tuesday Hosts
  • Lunch Vending begins... Marlin Swim Team Parents are offering walking tacos, chicken salad sandwiches, and much more below!
  • All Afternoon: Drop off Dirty Laundry (to be returned fresh and clean on Wednesday)
  • 1-4 p.m. Swimming Pool Hours--$10 to swim, YMCA fundraiser!
  • 10-6 p.m. Indoor Sleepers, check in at the Y (SPACE STILL AVAILABLE, write to sara@pkbelly.com)
  • 4-8 p.m. YMCA Indoor Showers available inside for $6
  • 4:30 p.m. Welcome, Second-Half-Hoggers! 
  • 5:00 p.m. Farewell, First-Half-Hoggers!
  • 5:00 p.m. Pork Yoga on the Grass
  • 6:00 p.m. Supper Tonight is optional, chicken breast marsala (in mushroom sauce), dinner roll, fried potatoes, cracked green beans, rotini salad, and brownie or cookie for dessert
  • 6:00 p.m. Far and Wide on stage, Blues and Favorite Tunes!
  • Joining us for dinner, the inspiring athletes of Adaptive Sports Iowa!
  • Wednesday morning, 4:30 am—grab and go breakfast items beside the coffee trailer from the Marlins Swim Team Parents and Kids.

ABOVE: Turn in your dirty laundry on Tuesday, Porkers. We'll give it back clean on Wednesday--a big morale boost!

 

By the time you come home on Tuesday, you'll be deep in the Pork Groove, fluent in Pork Lingo, and ready for clean clothes! Don't forget to drop off dirty laundry this afternoon,

Indoor Sleeping (STILL AVAILABLE at this point) is steps away from our baggage unload and your rental tent. This is a beautiful four-year-old facility with air-conditioned rooms galore. You may check in for sleeping as early as noon (maybe earlier), and take nap in the A/C before dinner.

 

The Y is offering swimming for limited hours, $10. This is fundraiser for our hosts, and we encourage everybody to take a lap and help the Y! Of course your outdoor shower with PBV is free to weeklong (or partial-week) Porkers, but you have the option today of an indoor shower at the Y for an additional $6.

 

Wednesday is laundry day, but we want your dirty stuff by dinner time on Tuesday, please. Come to our front desk, and we'll let you know where to put it. (You can buy our laundry service/bag in Council Bluffs on Saturday.)

Supper tonight is optional: chicken breast marsala (in mushroom sauce), dinner roll, fried potatoes, cracked green beans, rotini salad, and brownie or cookie for dessert. On the grass behind the Y, in the shade of the building, enjoy the youthful BluesEd musicians of Far and Wide, pictured below. These kids rocked the place last year in Ames. Don't miss their Tuesday performance in Indianola at 6:00 pm.

Our guests for dinner tonight are the riders of Adaptive Sports Iowa. They are athletes who embrace the challenge of RAGBRAI in spite of spinal cord injury, a lost limb, visual impairment, and brain injury. Some ASI riders have co-pilots who will also share our dinner. Please take this opportunity to meet and visit with members of the ASI team. When you see them on the road, give a shout out from Pork Belly Ventures.

 

[ASI won't be staying at the Y after all, but they'll still join us for dinner!]

 

COME WEDNESDAY MORNING... The Marlin Swim Team Parents will offer breakfast items beside our coffee trailer. They have mentioned yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, bananas, string cheese, bananas, and muffins, maybe more. This will be your longest day, Porkers, so get something in your stomach before you leave camp. You may be able to ride further before stopping for nourishment.

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HUMP-DAY WEDNESDAY  

The Long Road Ends in Centerville

~~Wednesday at a Glance~~

  • Centerville, beside the new city swimming pool
  • 84 miles minimum, and north of 110 if you do the century loop today
  • Afternoon/Evening Offerings -- Rick will have his trailer on site, vending hand-breaded, never-frozen tenderloins, smoked pork sandwiches, burgers, walking tacos, fries, loaded fries, cheese balls, and watermelon bowls. He'll also have tea, lemonade, and chocolate milk.
  • Late Afternoon: Claim Your Clean Laundry Today
  • noon-7 p.m. Indoor Sleepers, check in at Centerville YMCA (FULL) More on moving baggage below.
  • 5:00 p.m. Pork Yoga on the Grass
  • 6:00 p.m. Supper Tonight is Included for All Weeklong Porkers...Pulled Pork on a bakery bun with blackberry/jalapeno BBQ sauce, potato salad, 2-bean salad, green salad, brownie or cookie for dessert. The meatless alternative to the entree is a Mediterranean Chickpea Burger.
  • 5:00 p.m. Vertigo on stage, Funky Blues and Favorite Tunes!
  • Thursday morning—grab and go breakfast items beside the coffee trailer

Split Campsite Today

Today, our rental tent grid is alongside the high school building, while the regular tent campers are at the City Park next to the swimming pool. You'll see our map of Centerville, and the short block between these two sites.

 

Indoor Sleeping

We're offering indoor sleeping at the YMCA (FULL with a waiting list). We will have a system for helping indoor sleepers get their baggage to the Y.

 

Moving Baggage for Tent Renters:

Between 2:00 and 6:00 pm., the Y volunteers will be waiting in the parking lot behind the high school for our tent-renters who have donated $15 for indoor sleeping. They will move your baggage just a block or so to the Y. Enjoy that A/C!

 

Moving Baggage for Self-Tenters:

Between 2:00 and 6:00 pm, in the park near the pool, the PBV crew will move baggage at intervals for the self-tenters who have donated $15 for indoor sleeping.

 

Thursday Morning Baggage for Indoor Sleepers: PBV will have a baggage vehicle outside the door of the YMCA. Indoor sleepers, simply give your bags to our crew, and be on your way.

Clean Laundry--Ahhhh.

Sometime in the very late afternoon when the laundry truck rolls in, we'll organize clean laundry bags. The crew will jump in and loosely alphabetize the bags. Don't grab your own laundry bag--"Richards" looks too much like "Richardson," "Barrett" looks too much like "Barnett," and a wrongly claimed bag creates panic. Let the crew find your bag and hand it to you. Enjoy the pleasure of sweet-smelling duds to carry you through!

 

Our afternoon vendor in camp is Rick, who will have his trailer on site, vending hand-breaded, never-frozen tenderloins, smoked pork sandwiches, burgers, walking tacos, fries, loaded fries, cheese balls, and watermelon bowls! He'll also have tea, lemonade, and chocolate milk.

Justin Wray is Centerville's favorite caterer, and he is exclusive to PBV tonight. This supper is included with our support, and it could be your favorite of the week.  You'll have a choice of Jeremy's Award-Winning pulled Pulled Pork on a bakery bun with blackberry/jalapeno BBQ sauce, potato salad, 2-bean salad, green salad, brownie or cookie for dessert. The meatless alternative to the pork is a Mediterranean Chickpea Burger.

Tonight, it's the great energy of Vertigoon stage. This BluesEd band gets raves in Omaha, and you'll love them. In spite of the long ride, we fully expect some foot-tapping, hand clapping, and hopping around!

 

When the band takes a break, we hope to introduce a special guest, TJ Juskeiwicz, to say a few words! He's a busy guy, directing RAGBRAI and all, but he'll try to stop by.

 

COME THURSDAY MORNING... Rick will be right beside the coffee trailer with Grab and Go breakfast items, like cinnamon rolls, yogurt, bananas, hard-boiled eggs, granola bars, oatmeal packets, and breakfast burritos while they last.

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COMFY THURSDAY

All Our Favorites in Fairfield

~~Thursday at a Glance~~

  • Fairfield, OB Nelson Park.
  • 65 miles
  • 11:00 a.m. Lunch Offerings from the Hope Lutheran Church volunteers.
  • Lunch offerings to come!
  • Noon to 7:00 p.m. Indoor Sleepers, check in at the Middle School next door (FULL)
  • 5:00 p.m. Pork Yoga on the Grass
  • 6:00 p.m. Supper Tonight is Optional. HyVee is grilling on site: grilled chicken breast, dinner roll, brown rice and soy sauce, cole slaw, roasted carrots, chocolate-chip cookies for dessert. Vegetarian entree TBD.
  • 6:00 p.m. The Ramblers--our house band with their own twist on Rockabilly tunes--are back together again!
  • When the band takes a break, we will take a moment to recognize the hard-working Pork Belly Crew.
  • Friday morning—grab and go breakfast items beside the coffee trailer from the ladies of Hope Lutheran Church

We're right back in OB Nelson Park, a familiar place. We're working with Pam Craff, our campground chair, and her mother Marla, who leads a group of church ladies who will be our food vendors. And just like last time we were in Fairfield, our house band, The Ramblers, will entertain us during dinner. It's old-home night in Fairfield.

 

The Hope Lutheran Church of Germanville, Iowa, is celebrating its 175th Anniversary this year. It is one of the oldest Lutheran churches west of the Mississippi. To celebrate this landmark occasion, the congregation would like to host a nice dinner for its members, and that's why Marla Craff and her friends are going to be offering lunch and breakfast for Pork Belly Ventures in OB Nelson Park. Let's help them out, shall we?

 

ABOVE: The Hope Lutheran Church in Germanville, near Fairfield.

Indoor Sleeping

At the Middle School next door, the gym has been offered for indoor sleeping (FULL). Sleepers, we will have a plan for moving baggage for you. You'll have access to your sleeping space when you arrive in camp (at least by 1:00) and you can take a nap in the afternoon... but don't sleep through dinner!

 

[We'll have a vehicle outside the Middle School door on Friday morning so that indoor sleepers can give us their bags for loading as they depart.]

 

Tonight's dinner is optional--and HyVee is grilling on site! Noah was a just kid last time we visited, but he remembers serving Pork Belly Ventures in OB Nelson Park. Now he's the HyVee catering manager. Our menu includes agrilled chicken breast, dinner roll, brown rice and soy sauce, cole slaw, roasted carrots, and chocolate-chip cookies for dessert. Vegetarian entree TBD.

 

COME FRIDAY MORNING... The ladies of Hope Lutheran will have grab-and-go breakfast items beside our coffee trailer in the morning. So you have a second chance to help them with the 175th Anniversary Dinner for Hope Lutheran Church.

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ALOHA FRIDAY

Bittersweet Farewell in Burlington

~~Friday at a Glance~~

  • Burlington, Ed Stone Middle School
  • 57 miles
  • 10:00 a.m. through dinner, Lunch Offerings from the Burlington Boosters--grilling outside the school. They'll have burgers, brats, pork loin, chips, chocolate milk, lemonade, tea, and watermelon.
  • 1-6 pm We are happy to talk through Saturday with you. If you have concerns about Saturday, find me, Tammy, near the front desk.
  • Noon-7 p.m. Indoor Sleepers, check in at Ed Stone Middle School, right in the center of our campsite. We usually have large indoor sleeping rooms, but this time we have a variety of smaller spaces, classroom, music rooms, and the library. (SPACE AVAILABLE)
  • 5:00 p.m. Pork Yoga on the Grass
  • 5:30 p.m. PBV Farewell Supper Tonight is Included for All Weeklong Porkers. The Burlington Booster Parents are serving in the school cafeteria: Maid-Rite sandwiches, potato salad, pasta salad, green beans, veggies and dip. (See below.... grab a S'More for dessert). Vegetarian entree: Black Bean Burger. Carry your plate outside, sit back, soak in the moment, and enjoy the music on your last night in Iowa.
  • 5:00 p.m. Natalie Dark on stage! This young lady is like so many of our young performers from years gone by. When you hear her lovely voice, you know she has a bright future!
  • Tonight, for an evening treat, the Boosters are doing Tabletop S'Mores! Mmmmmm!
  • Friday morning—grab and go breakfast items beside the coffee trailer from the Burlington Boosters!

 Your 57-mile pedal will lead you to Ed Stone Middle School, where Cheryl Timmerman and Tim Kesterke and other staff and boosters have put in a tremendous effort to host us. They're grilling for lunch outside near our Front Desk, so if you're hungry before or after your shower, please belly up to their vendor booth!

ABOVE: Our canopies will flank our stage. Fill your plate in the cafeteria, and then come on outside for the tunes of Natalie Dark, and maybe a few surprises.

For the PBV Farewell Dinner (included in weeklong support), the Boosters will be serving in the school cafeteria: Maid-Rite sandwiches, potato salad, pasta salad, green beans, veggies and dip. (See below.... grab a S'More for dessert). Vegetarian entree: Black Bean Burger. Bring your plate outside and enjoy the music on your last night in Iowa.

ABOVE and RIGHT: Natalie Dark, a talented young Blues Ed musician.

 

COME SATURDAY MORNING... After all their herculean efforts, and while it's still dark outside, the Burlington Boosters will be offering breakfast beside our trailer--including hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, breakfast bars, muffins, donuts, bananas, and apples. It's always important to plan your Saturday, plan your stops, stay steady on the bike. It helps to get your breakfast in camp.

On stage, Porkers, Natalie Dark will perform for us. Natalie is a talented BluesEd musician, and during her performance, fellow musicians will join in!

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SO-LONG SATURDAY

All Done in Keokuk

~~Saturday at a Glance~~

  • Keokuk, First Christian Church
  • 62 miles (plan your day, depart early, make short stops)
  • All day, the church ladies of First Christian will offer grilled pork loin sandwiches, chips, soda or water, root beer floats, cookies
  • YOU can help them raise funds for a good cause--their bed ministry for kids without a bed.
  • Bike-shipping, showers, claiming baggage--all of this will be addressed in a final update, coming early next week.
  • 12:30 to 3:30 All PBV Shuttles depart in this window.
  • 2:30 p.m. Pork Showers will depart, but showers will be available inside the church for $5.

Yet this week, we'll send you an update about the first and last days of RAGBRAI. You can print that one and bring it with you.

 

Tom in Keoku asked us to give you the good news about tire dipping in Keokuk--it's on! The post-flood clean-up happened fast, and you'll be able to dip tires in the Mississippi after all. We are happy for you newbies. It's a beautiful tradition.

The most important thing to note now about Saturday in Keokuk is that every Pork Loin Sandwich you buy and every root beer float you slurp on the last day of RAGBRAI will help the FCC congregation to build beds for disadvantaged kids who need them.

RIGHT: Even the kids of First Christian Church in Keokuk are integrally involved in the bed ministry, cleaning and repairing beds for other kids in their community who are not as fortunate.

ABOVE: This happy girl received her first bed from First Christian Church.

We hope you're half as psyched about your Week in the Corn, Porkers, as we are. We'll be on your screens again with bus rosters (out to you this weekend) Pork Belly Host Town Maps, and a couple more updates before we roll. One week and counting...

 

All our best,

 

Tammy and Pete

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