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Final day of RAGBRAI presents hilly challenges

DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -- The journey for Lauren Squires, a first time rider, started just after 9:00 am on Saturday. As support cars drove one way, she rode another, down D-22 to Earlville.

That's where Lauren caught up with the Rolfes who were selling lemonade to riders.

"Never really been on the route just doing the lemonade stand. It's kinda cool seeing all these different bikes and things," Kim Rolfes said.

Then Lauren caught up with Mark Switzer from Postville, the big topic: Potter Hill outside Graf.

"It's a real gem. I would guess maybe 10 percent of us would make it up there without stopping. I'm gonna walk it," Switzer said.

About 17 miles later Dyersville welcomed riders with plenty of food and entertainment.

But Lauren had one thing on her mind: getting through the hills of Dubuque County, so it was on to the next town. Past the field of dreams and 10 miles later, she arrived in Bankston for some homemade ice cream and some great conversation with riders.

"This is the best it's every been. It's beautiful," Carroll Salander said.

From Bankston it was all down hill, until Potter's Hill. 1.2 miles of pure incline. With .5 miles to go most were still pedaling. But at .6 MT of us were walking.

"I didn't think it was gonna be that steep. I knew it was gonna be long but I didn't think it'd be that steep. But that was really steep," Christ Mcavoi said after riding up the hill.

But after the long trip to the top there was a celebration for riders. Riders could get their picture taken with an 'I survived Potter's Hill' poster and support the Peosta little league.

Then it's was on to Dubuque. 46 miles later Lauren called it a day. And a successful journey.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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