This year marked the 38th year for the Des Moines’ Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (Ragbrai)! I had the pleasure of participating with some family members during the last day of this great event, ending up in Dubuque, Iowa. I was not sore the next day but I certainly was not Speedy Gonzalez getting up the hills that were positioned in front of me on the several hour bike ride and 80 degrees plus Iowa Summer day!
Another proud note was that the trek went right by my in-laws home (ON CHANEY STREET in Dubuque, Iowa) and so they were good enough to host a DONATION ONLY goodies and water/lemonade stand that brought in $140 towards Defibrillators in the Schools! Thanks to all my family and kids who are helping our Iowa kids, school employees or volunteers to be more protected during school events and public events at school campuses. (Sudden Cardiac Arrest kills more than 300,000 people annually every year and it affects people of all ages, gender and races.) Truly, they are helping to save lives by raising money for these devices!
Anyway, over 15,000 to 20,000 riders navigated a 442-mile route with 14,527 feet of climb and the last day had more than it’s share of hills to contribute to the climb total! 2 hills on the ride brought 2 accidents which prompted my stopping and assisting with the First Voice Cube. Several comments included “That is a great first aid kit” and “good thing you came prepared”. Many boo boos I saw were a bit much for a standard bandaid.
And, I’ll post pictures of the eventful and memorable day and some of the accident footage showing our infamous Cube in action. Remember, when I took it canoeing for the day up in NE Iowa it got used to help another “canoer” mend a large gash from glass in the river.
You can’t beat a great portable and nicely organized first aid kit! Do you have one in your home, vehicles and sports bags?
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