Day 1 was the longest day: approximately 80 miles for the Nitwits traveling with Lake Country Cyclists, camped on the Brooks Golf Range.
For our little group, this was probably the nicest campsite–Ken and the other early arrivals took our gear a little ways out onto the golf course so we had more room than usual. Compared to other nights, we felt a little less like refugees in a sprawling tent city.
But only a little more–below is a panorama view including the same scene that I cropped out above. Click on the photo for a larger version that you can scroll through. I suppose that RAGBRAI’ers have somewhat better tents than you;d find in a typical refugee camp.
Paradoxically, Okoboji was probably our least favorite stopover town on the 2014 route. Other towns rolled out the red carpet for RAGBRAI. Okoboji has a lot of other tourism going on–our arrival was not the main event of the week or month for them.