This Sunday, my husband Brady, our friend Terry, and I will be embarking on the greatest adventure (to date) of our lives.
500 miles, 7 days, 20,000 other bicyclists, across the state of Iowa.
It seems like just yesterday I was struggling to find an exercise I enjoyed. I tried MULTIPLE times to run (which I still can’t seem to find the love for) and it just didn’t click.
And I was hooked.
Since then, I have been working on a series of teaching videos on my bike called The Cycling Sessions (which hopefully will be finished up after our 500 mile ride!), I have ridden 100 miles in ONE day, I have procured my beautiful road bike (currently in her box bed), and have clocked almost 800 miles on that bike ALONE.
So what is this big 500 mile we are getting ready to chase down?
It is called RAGBRAI, and it is one of the biggest cross-state bicycle rides in the United States.
We heard about it from our friend, Chris Pollock, who has completed the ride multiple times with both his father and his son.
We will ride each day, starting early (around 6:30 a.m.) and will bike our way across the state. At each town there are festivals, concerts, food trucks, and all kinds of great people to meet and get to know.
Each night, we will pitch tents and set up camp, taking over the little towns we bed down in. Brady and I will be sleeping on camping mattresses and snuggling in a little two-man tent.
What. An. Adventure!
This is the FULL ROUTE map. If you click on it, you’ll see exactly where we are headed each day. Our longest and most difficult day seems to be Day 1 – so hopefully we’ll get that under our belt and the rest will be smooth sailing (ha ha!).
If you’re not familiar with Periscope, it gives me the ability to send LIVE video footage AS action is occurring. My hope is to Periscope a couple times. You can download the app, Periscope, on your phone. My username is @carriewisehart. If you have the app, you will receive notifications when I am using the live feature and you can tune in!
Brady and I will also be bringing two GoPro cameras to get some footage while we are on and off the bike. Depending on power and broadcasting capabilities, I am hoping to create a couple vlogs about the day and posting them on social media.
Friends, I am SO excited to cross this item off my list of 40 things I do the year I turn 40…and I am thrilled to jump in and experience one more adventure that will change my life FOR THE BETTER!!
Join me! Follow along! I need your prayers, your encouragement, and your excitement!
It’s going to be the BEST. TRIP. EVER!