Here’s a quick look ahead toward Sunday’s 76-mile ride from Sioux City to Storm Lake:
WEATHER FROM WHO-HD: It’s time to ride! The first day of RAGBRAI 2015 will start off just the way most riders hoped. Morning temperatures will be in the lower 60s. By noon it will be 80 degrees. The afternoon will be warm. Highs will reach the middle to upper 80s, but that is typical for this time of year. And it will be dry. The wind will be light this morning and by this afternoon will be out of the west-southwest at 5 to 15 mph.
ALL ABOUT STORM LAKE: Storm Lake’s ride website
Here’s a brief selection of the things you’ll encounter Sunday:
FOOD AND BREW: Make a quick stop at Steinbeck’s Pub or Bob Roe’s North End Zone in the northeast neighborhood of Sioux City, Leeds. Steinbeck’s sports bar features life-size Jenga.
SIGHTS: Take a look at Kingsley’s “Freedom Rock” – one of a series of boulders being painted in honor of veterans in all 99 counties of Iowa by Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II, an artist from Greenfield. The town is hosting more than 15 local and outside food vendors along 2nd Street to raise money for the freedom Rock Project.
COOL IOWA: If you need to cool down on a warm July day, stop in the town of Washta, known as the “coldest spot in Iowa” with a record low of negative 47 degrees in 1912. To honor its reputation, the town will feature a dunk tank. Church services will also be offered every half hour.
TONIGHT’S MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT: Once in Storm Lake, kick back and listen to the Arch Allies, the Mighty Nish Band and Brad Morgan.
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