Six Osakis friends completed a six-day, 468-mile bike ride across the entire state of Iowa last month and raised $8,927 for Ivy's Legacy Foundation, a Sauk Centre-based nonprofit that provides comfort and support to infants and families in need.
Oh, and they had fun too.
"To describe the ride, it was honestly one of the coolest things I have ever done," said Dacotah Stanek, a cyclist on the "Pedaling for a Purpose" team. "It was so cool to see all the people you would ride with and most people were very friendly and nice. You literally rode with thousands of people and not to mention the scenery was absolutely beautiful!"
Other team members included team leader Adam Saltmarsh (owner of Log Cabin Pizza in Osakis), Cody DeWenter, Shane Massmann, Kasondra Collins and Kenzie Schmiesing.
The bike ride is “RAGBRAI” – the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, the longest, largest and oldest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.
The worst part of the ride, Stanek said, were the hills. "It was definitely a challenge to go up the big hills but going down was pretty fun," she said. "The best part was when someone would come up to you and have a conversation with you."
Memories from the ride will linger for the Osakis team.
"I would definitely say this whole ride was worth every minute," Stanek said. "Even though this was honestly one of the hardest things I've done it was a huge accomplishment in my book. To say I biked across the whole state of Iowa is something to be proud of. Also to mention that we rode for a purpose to help many families in need is such an amazing thing."
For more information about Ivy's Legacy Foundation, go to the website, www.ivyslegacyfoundation.org.