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Riders Push Through Rain, Enter Final Day of RAGBRAI

Just one day separates Brian Kendall from reaching his goal of completing his first-ever ride on RAGBRAI. The Knoxville resident and employee of Ulrich Motors of Pella says heavy rains on Friday further slowed what was already a reduced pace, but says he feels good and is excited about the final leg of the RAGBRAI route.

Friday’s overnight stop was in Manchester, with day seven of the ride travelling a hilly 48-mile route to the Mississippi River at Dubuque. Kendall says he will conclude the long journey by keeping with RAGBRAI tradition and dipping his front tire in the waters of the Mississippi. Riders typically begin the annual trek by dipping the rear wheel of their bicycles in the Missouri River.