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RAGBRAI rolls into Charles City

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There was a bit of a damper on RAGBRAI Day Four, as several rain showers made their way along the route between Clear Lake and Charles City.  But, the soggy riders rolled into Charles City in good spirits, despite the slick roads which caused several wipe-outs.  Riders were happy to be checking off another 57 miles.

"We thought the headwinds were going to take us out yesterday. Then low and behold, here comes the rain. Someone said earlier in the week, there comes a time when you start to welcome the hills of northeast Iowa. I am getting that now," said Mary McClimon from Rochester, Minnesota.

More important than the weather and the festivities, Wednesday was the annual RAGBRAI Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

"They put their lives on the line every day and, even though it is a little scary, it is an important job. I think it is wonderful RAGBRAI is taking the time to recognize their work," said  Whittney Franke of the Charles City Blue Guardians.

With an audience of thousands of riders from across the country, the local Blue Guardians, a group made up of officers' loved ones, dedicated a bench in front of the Charles City Library in honor of Iowa's Fallen Law Enforcement.  Waterloo Police Officer Adam Liddle, a Charles City High School graduate who died while off duty in 2015, was also memorialized with the planting of a red oak tree along the river. 

The day of recognition meant a great amount to the law enforcement officers.  Charles City Police Chief Hugh Anderson says just a simple "thank you" means more than people know.

"We have had a lot of people stop us and thank us for our duty and everything else. That has been appreciated also," said Anderson.

The journey continues tomorrow for the cyclists.  RAGBRAI Day Five will include stops in Ionia, New Hampton, Lawler and Protivin before ending in Cresco.  Thursday is RAGBRAI Jersey Day.

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