Last weekend 44 young people who are part of the 2013 Dream Team completed the final step in preparation for their goal to ride a bicycle across Iowa. The team completed a near 200 mile ride in 3 days to the home of former RAGBRAI Director Jim Green, and his wonderful wife Judy. The ride had it all, trails, hills, head wind and lots of sun as they traveled from Des Moines, IA to Ellston, IA, and camped for two nights at Sun Valley Lake.
There was also plenty of time for team building and fun. The team spent many hours having fun in the water and on Saturday night the team played a fun game called ‘Bag of Good Feelings’. Each of the riders created inspirational messages of encouragement for their other team members and then placed those messages in a paper bag for that teammate. Later that night before each of the youngsters fell asleep in their tent, they read the messages and reflected on the long journey they started 5 months ago and the huge goal that is in front of them right now.
At the start of the ride the team was extremely happy to have along Sonya Heitshusen who rode with us and spent some time interviewing the riders and the mentors about this wonderful program. The video was featured as part of the WHO TV Weekly Workout segment and you can click here to see it. The team Thanks Sonya and her camera crew for taking the time to spend time and ride with us so we could share this inspirational story.
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