Cherokee to Lake View
Total miles: 62

Team Simpson endured the first day with no complaints. At least none that we’ve heard so far.

In fact, team members had great things to say about the town of Marcus, one of the stops on the Day One route, saying the folks at the United Methodist Church there could not have been friendlier.

Team Simpson RAGBRAI team at Dinner

Top, from left: Jeff McQueen, uncle of Scott McQueen ’88; Charlie Fiedler, ’86; and John Mathias, son of Ron ’62 and Carolyn ’63 Mathias.
Bottom, from left: Jason Askelson, ’97; Bob Lane ’81, vice president for college advancement; and Jacki Askelson, ’97.

Here’s a photo from Marcus:

By the way, they are members of a sub-group known as Team B. This designation was awarded a few years ago when several members of Team Simpson missed the team photo, allegedly because they were too busy, uh, hydrating.

Staying hydrated is the top goal again this week, but there’s certainly no problem staying fed.

Pies laid out for RAGBRAI RidersFor example:

At another stop, team member Eric Witzel of Maryland surveyed the choices and said, “Monster cookies or fried Dutch pastries? Oh, RAGBRAI decisions.”The first Team Simpson member to complete Sunday’s 83.3-mile route was Miles Kirts, who will be attending Simpson this fall. He is riding with his father, Kelly ‘86, who recently relocated from California to Colorado Springs.

Team Simpson presented President John Byrd, a devoted cyclist, a chair with his name on it. Not that there’s much time for sitting – unless you’re pedaling, of course.Team members passed the time Sunday playing “Name that Tune” by guessing the names of songs played on a solar-powered boom box that a rider has attached to the back of his bike.

Let’s meet some members of Team Simpson:

*Omaha veterinarian, Bob Krapfl has been on eight RAGBRAI adventures. This will be his third with Team Simpson.  Bob’s brother Terry Krapfl ’86 (who also is on Team Simpson) is his connection to the college.  He also grew-up in Indianola and spent a great deal of time cheering-on Simpson sports teams with his dad, who was very involved as a volunteer for Simpson athletics.  To the RAGBRAI newbies he suggests, “lots of saddle time BEFORE you go on the ride.”  Bob likes to read, play golf, travel and play with his kids when he is out of the saddle.

*Greg Weno ’13 is a rarity on Team Simpson — he is a current student!  Greg grew up in Iowa City and is a member of the Simpson football team.  He loves spending time with his Simpson friends and football teammates.  This is Greg’s first RAGBRAI, a challenge he took on to “experience the accomplishment and to have fun doing it.”

Cherokee Fun Fact  

Believed to be the smallest city in the world to have its own symphony orchestra. The 60-member Cherokee Symphony was scheduled to perform during RAGBRAI’s visit.

Lake View Fun Fact

Home to Black Hawk Lake, a 957-acre lake that is one of the state’s more popular tourist destinations, with 320,000 visitors a year. The Sauk Rail Trail spans 33 miles between Black Hawk Lake and Swan Lake in Carroll.

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