People-watching at Des Moines party on the bridges

5:00 p.m.: Not everyone hanging out along the Des Moines river this afternoon rode into the city with RAGBRAI.

Becky Haines biked about 17 miles from home in Ankeny to the food and music fair.

“We just came down to see all the crazy people,” she said.

Her 14-year-old son Wilbur impressed a small crowd of onlookers by doing 14 pull-ups at the U.S. Marines tent, breaking his record of 9.

For all his upper-body strength, biking RAGBRAI is not in his immediate future.

“I don’t know if I’d make it,” he said.

Greg Prohaska of Cumming strolled the eastern bank between the Court and Walnut bridges with a Bud Light in hand.

A non-biker, he was impressed by the variety of two-wheelers leaning against the trees and resting on the grass.

“I’m wondering how these things make it all the way across the state,” he said.

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