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Excitement high as RAGBRAI hits Waverly

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

After a long day on the bike, RAGBRAI riders were looking for welcome break as the rolled into Waverly.

“My neck, shoulders and arms,” groaned Neil Rook, lying face down on a massage table.

He worked his back into a huge knot riding from Mason City, and was pretty happy to meet massage therapist Jennifer Wolfe.

“Every year we come out and get to work on the riders,” she said, kneading Rook's back. “Let them ride another day.”

Rook said the relief was a godsend, because he isn't on the ride to be sore. He's there to have fun.

“It's just a party atmosphere,” he said. “Everyone's enjoying themselves.”

Some come to enjoy a crazy costume for a good cause, like Gina Carpenter. She and a couple friends were selling hats and sunglasses with blinking lights to raise money for the localnursingg home.

But there are other reasons for a kooky outfit as well. Michael Douglas Jones was sitting near the stage wearing a hat made out of Budweiser cases.

“I don't drink, but you've got to act the fool once a year,” he said.

Even though a leg injury took him out of the ride on the first day, he's still along driving the team bus, because he wouldn't want to miss this.

“Done it every year since '97,” he said.

And, after all that riding, a lot of riders were looking to refuel. Chris Meyers, owner of the Savory Spoon Cafe inFrederikaa, was there to help with brisket galore.

“I've heard good things,” he said. “I've had people come back, so that's a plus.”

But is it the best brisket ever?

“I don't know about that,” he laughed.

Either way, everyone wants to be a part of the action, just like Meyers.

“I just like all the people,” he said. “I'm a people person, and it makes me happy to be out here serving them.”

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