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      RAGBRAI ends 400 mile journey in Fort Madison

      The RAGBRAI finish line in Fort Madison, Iowa.

      A bike race that as taken over the state of Iowa came to a close Saturday.

      The Register's Annual Great Race Across Iowa, better known as RAGBRAI ended it's over 400 mile trek across Iowa.

      The seven day journey ended in Fort Madison, and with it, brings estimates of nearly 12 thousand people to the town.

      "We've been planning this since February and so all of the sudden it's kind of like "Oh my gosh, it's here." And then you get excited, and you just hope everything comes into place, and everybody has a good experience in Fort Madison. I think it's going to be a relief to have it over with but it's also fun, this is what we were waiting for," Angie Budnik, Fort Madison RAGBRAI Co-Chair said.

      For some, this ride is a yearly tradition.

      For others, they decided two weeks ago to give it a try.

      "I bought a bike about two weeks ago, and decided to give RAGBRAI a shot. I've lived in Iowa my entire life, and I couldn't wait to do RAGBRAI, and this year seemed like the perfect year. I had a good friend of mine call me up and wanted to do RAGBRAI together, and I said "Yes, let's do it." And I'm thrilled that I did it," Des Moines native Marty Wolske said.

      This adventure across Iowa may seem intimidating, but this beginner thinks that if he can do it, anyone can.

      "I would suggest RAGBRAI. RAGBRAI is such a great showcase of all of the wonderful things Iowa has to offer. Every small town just rolls out the red carpet for everybody. Farmers just let bikers come and sit on their front porch and share lemonade and water. It is a fantastic thing that the state of Iowa does. It's wonderful to have all these people come and see what Iowa is all about," Wolske said.

      Heading into its 41st year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.