Seven days and more than 400 miles, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa has finally ended in Lansing, Iowa on the Mississippi River. People dipped their tires and it was a long week, but a fulfilling one.

A fog hung over the Mississippi River on Saturday morning as RAGBRAI riders made their way down to the short to dip their tires in the water.

The last day of the 400-mile trek proved the most difficult. There was more than 3,200 feet of climb between Waukon and Lansing.

The hard work was worth it. RAGBRAI is an unforgettable experience every year, and the 45th ride was certainly no exception.

A lot of memories, a lot of good people and a lot of sites — and sights — but it’s time to go home.

Here are some of the quotes from riders dipping their tires in the river:

– “I can’t say enough about it. It’s been on my bucket list for about 15 years, so I got it done.”
– “You’re riding that high, and you get here and dip your tires in and you’re like, ‘Wow, I just rode across the entire state.”
– “Elation, with a little bit of ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ in between, and some sore saddles but it’s great to be here.”
– “Not a lot of practice time, so those were definitely a challenge, but you know what? Put the time in and put it into low gear and just pedal away.”
– “I live in colorado, and these were big hills.”
– “Today’s was the most difficult with all the hills … so it was great.”
– “The hills were tough because it’s the last day. My legs have really nothing left.”
– “It’s just crazy to see the whole state of Iowa go through all the towns and just see it all, experience it.”
– “Right now is a realy blissful/depression moment because I’m really happy to be done but at the same time I really want to be doing it another week if I could.”
– “It’s hard to explain: The scenery across Iowa, the friendly people of Iowa are probably small town America at its best.”

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