I did it, 56 miserable miles in these heels. Uphill and into the wind all day from Cedar Rapids to Anamosa. I thought I was picking an easy RAGBRAI day to wear heels but boy was I wrong. I couldn't wait to get out of these heels when I was done riding for the day. At one point towards the end of the day I contemplated pitching the heels and riding the last 15 miles barefoot which might have been the better option. I took the challenge and picked the day I would wear high heels while biking across Iowa so I feel good that I finished the day in my heels. Probably the last day I will ever wear heels while riding RAGBRAI.
At least that is what I am saying now. Next January when next years route is posted and I have forgotten all of the bad things that happened this year I may feel differently. When I have forgotten about the days the temp on the rode hit 114 degrees riding into the wind, the hills and wind going into Anamosa. I will remember the homemade pie and ice cream at so many churches along the route. Mr. Pork Chop waiting to serve me my daily dose of protein. Brinkman's Homemade Ice Cream towards the end of each day. Those delicious fruit smoothies scattered along the ride. And you can't forget the people young and old all along the route from around the globe that I had a chance to chat with. The memories of heat, hills, and wind are already fading as I remember all of the wonderful things that happened to me on that glorious week riding across Iowa.
Watch out RAGBRAI XVI, Kelli is getting ready for you!