RAGBRAI without pie would be like a fish without a bicycle–inconceivable.
In our first RAGBRAI, we weren’t sure just how prevalent pie would be. I (Eric) set a goal of eating one slice every 25 miles, and fell short in 2014 with a mere 13 pieces over the course of the week. While the quantity was slightly lacking, the quality was excellent, including my first-ever goooseberry pie from the traveling Amish vendors set up in the second half of each day’s course.
I commenced the 2017 ride with more resolve and more attention to detail–generally speaking, if pie was available in a pass-through town, I ate it. I managed 3 slices per day for the first 3 days, then slacked off to 2 on rainy day 4; on Day 5 I counted a Czech “kolache” as half-a-pie and also snagged half a piece from Anne. By the time I left Harpers Ferry my count was 18.
According to our group’s computers the main ride was 425 miles, but I needed to add an extra piece for the Karras Loop on Day 2. 450/25 = 18. Mission Accomplished!
I’d do it again too.
If you love pie as much as I do, ride RAGBRAI! If you like looking at detailed pictures of pie, click any of the images below for a larger version.
The above picture also features Anne drinking a smoothie and a rare view of Anne’s brother Jim, who drove our van and met us at Primghar on Day 1.
I only had one piece of rhubarb pie but it was outstanding, including a great crust:
The picture below captures the spirit of our 2017 RAGBRAI adventure, and as a [non-practicing] Lutheran I’m pleased to report that dessert (pie) was included in the price of the meal: