Lake View, Iowa prepares to swell 20X with RAGBRAI riders
By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
LAKE VIEW, Iowa (KTIV) -
A Siouxland town has the distinction of being the smallest overnight stop on the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa this year.
Lake View is the third stop on the 471 mile journey from the Missouri to the Mississippi River.
The tiny town has a population of just over one-thousand people. It's hosted riders three other times, in 1975, 1995, and 2004.
If it's anything like last time, residents know their town could swell to 20-times its size.
"When I heard it announced in church this morning I got pretty excited about it, It's a great place to live and I think they're going to really enjoy their time here to ," said Jerry Waldrop, of Lake View, IA.
"It'll be very busy," said Kathy Carroll, owner of Kathy's Korner.
"Our neighbors said this morning, you won't believe the people that come," added Janine Waldrop, another Lake View resident.
The ride will start in Sioux Center this year, pedaling off to Cherokee on July 22nd. Other overnight are Webster City, Marshalltown, Cedar Rapids, and Anamosa. The ride ends in Clinton on July 28th.
Day stops for the 40th annual event will be announced this spring.
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