Day 1 of RAGBRAI proved to be a challenging one due to high heat and headwinds, but we were anxious to get Grandpa's bike on the road. Team Uffda talked to a lot of folks today about Grandpa, and it was really touching to hear from a couple people who had actually remembered riding with him on RAGBRAI in the past. One lady said that as soon as she had mentioned being Swedish to Grandpa, the two had a nice chat while they road. We also met a lady who had lost her grandmother in April 2011 to Alzheimer's and it was nice to talk with her and hear her story. As the week continues I'm sure there will be more stories from people, and in a somber way these stories will make us stronger and bond us with so many others who have been in a similar situation as my family.
Today Grandpa's sons, Jon and Steve, and oldest granddaughter, Erin, rode his bike, and we rolled into Cherokee, Iowa just after 3pm. If you see us on the road, please be sure to ask for a special Team Uffda sticker!