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July 25, 2013

Many faces of RAGBRAI in Osky

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OSKALOOSA —

Wendy said she was impressed by how things have been well organized along the way in the host communities.

Several RAGBRAI riders said they enjoyed the ride from Knoxville to Oskaloosa as they stopped at the Edmundson Park information booth.

David Cawein, of Morrilton, Ark., stopped on Indian Way near the Edmundson Park information booth to send a text message.

“This is the second time I've done it,” he said of riding in RAGBRAI. His first time riding was two years ago.

“I turned 60 this year and I wanted to do it one more time before I get too old,” Cawein said.

Cawein said the ride Thursday morning was a good one.

“It's been good. The last two days have been hilly, but we have hills like that in Arkansas,” he said.

Cawein said he has really liked the people he has met while on RAGBRAI as well as the food.

“I really enjoy the people. They're really friendly,” he said. Of the food he has eaten, Cawein said he really liked strawberry-rhubarb pie.

Dick Nehring, of Alden, is a veteran RAGBRAI rider.

“This is my 25th in a row,” he said.

Nehring also enjoyed the ride to Oskaloosa.

“It was great ride,” he said. Wind was not a factor and when it did gust, it was a tailwind, he added.

Nehring said he is riding with a group.

“There's seven of us. We're called High n Dry,” he said. The group includes his daughter, grandson and granddaughter, he added.

Nehring said the group used to have a bus; now, they have a 15-passenger van.

Pat Peyla, of Wabasha, Minn., left Knoxville at 5 a.m. to ride to Oskaloosa.

“It was character building, but it was very nice,” she said of the ride to Oskaloosa. “It was hill after hill after hill.”

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