Day 2 of the ride coming to a close here in Creston. Still a warm day, but much less humid, and hilly. All the riders talking about the elevation changes today. Of course, translating into a need for nutrition. An Iowa tradition is at the heart of keeping these riders ready to ride.
RAGBRAI rider says, "Just good stuff. A little bit of carbohydrates, but it's alright."
Pies, everywhere. From the after prom party to the Cub Scouts and just about every church, folks up and down the RAGBRAI route have been baking, freezing, and thawing pies, just for a day just like today.
Brent Kline says, "I had a pie down the way, and I got done eating it before I got down here to the next pie stand, so I decided to get another one."
"We baked 125 pies, so we have about 750 pieces of pie that we have ready today. We think we're going to sell out of all those," says 1st Presbyterian Pastor Ken Rummer.
No, these aren't Hostess pies; no wrappers here; just the special stuff.
Rev. Rummer says, "This is the real lard crust, "change your medical test results" kind of pies."
It's no "pie in the sky" operation. The favorites go fast but the reserves are ready to slice and dice making sure riders leave town with a smile and some sugar to burn.
"I quarter them an cut them in half equal pieces," said a worker at one pie stand.
Leaving riders with another tough decision to make.
"So this is peach or cherry can they be mixed,?" said one biker. "Another said I got the boysenberry. Never had it before but it is very good."
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