“The wind is just one of those things that gives you character, and it’s all part of the experience,” Harper said.
After the ride, cyclists gathered to share a meal and memories. Riders were invited to donate money toward the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, which promotes safe cycling legislation in the state. Two hundred T-shirts commemorating the event were sold for that cause.
Money was also used to buy a water bottle-filling station for the riverfront bike trail, along with a plaque with Joe’s name on it. “That’s where we usually started our group bike rides over the years, so we thought that was pretty appropriate,” Connie said.
Harper said the event showed how much the cycling community recognizes how they are effected by vehicle-related crashes. “We all rode safe, and it just felt like the right thing to do,” he said.
“I just thought it was a great bike ride to have. (Joe) always said he didn’t have many friends, but I think this event proved otherwise,” Connie said.