Jason '97 and Jacki Harrison Askelson'97 joined the rest of Team Simpson in dipping their front tires in the Mississippi River. The RAGBRAI tradition is to dip your back tire in the Missouri River at the beginning of the ride and your front tire in the Mississippi at the end.
After dipping our tires, we were hosted by Robert and Elizabeth Whalen, parents of Team Simpson member David Whalen. As has been our experience all across the state, the Whalen's were generous with their hospitality and provided the team with great refreshments before we headed home. The ride back to Indianola was quiet as we recovered from the week-long ride, reflected on our many experiences, and contemplated the opportunity for another RAGBRAI in 2010.