In late July, Salem Community College’s Maura Cavanagh Dick enjoyed Iowa’s picturesque countryside and welcoming towns from a unique perspective: Her bicycle seat. On her journey, the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs visited Salem, Iowa and even camped at SCC (Iowa’s Southeastern Community College).
From July 21 through 27, Cavanagh Dick participated in the RAGBRAI. Also known as the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, the event is a 460-mile trek that takes cyclists across the Hawkeye State, from the Missouri River to the Mighty Mississippi. This was Cavanagh Dick’s first RAGBRAI, and she was able to ride with her two brothers as well as friends from Virginia’s College of William and Mary, her alma mater.
The Des Moines Register founded the RAGBRAI, and 2019 marks its 47th year of operation. This year saw approximately 10,000 riders complete the full week, with upwards of 40,000 joining for single days along the way. Their website claims the RAGBRAI is “the oldest, largest, and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.”
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