Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Visiting Simpson College and Indianola

Some of our riders will be staying in their own homes and not in Simpson College facilities on Tuesday night. Because of the dorm setting, we will not set up the canopy and chairs, as we would in other overnight locations. Instead, we hope you will participate in the activities we have planned on campus.

The gear truck will be parked in the Simpson College Campus Service and Goodwill parking lot on the corner of Clinton and Howard Streets (the old Hy-Vee parking lot). The gear truck will be unlocked for easy access. As riders arrive in Indianola and get their gear, we ask that you close the back door when you depart.

Riders who are staying on campus, will be staying in the Station Square Apartments, on the corner of Detroit and Howard Streets, directly across the street from where the gear truck will be parked. Check-in and check-out procedures will be in your rider packet that you will get on Saturday (or when you join the ride).

Like other days, gear will need to be in the gear truck by 9:00 am on Wednesday morning.

Below are the Tuesday events that have been planned to welcome RAGBRAI to Simpson College.

STOP BY the Simpson Welcome Center on C Street in front of Cowles Athletic Center anytime Tuesday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. We’ll have the latest info on campus events, showers and all things Simpson. Be sure to discover our rich 150 year history through a self-guided tour or let one of our students show you around! Meet Simpson College President John Byrd from 3–5 p.m. (if you miss him, just look for him on the ride as a member of TEAM SIMPSON.) Stop by for free ice water, tours and a Simpson reflective Spokestix.

GRAB A CUP O’ JOE WHILE YOU SURF at our Internet CafĂ©. Open Tuesday 8 a.m.–8 p.m. & Wednesday 8 a.m.–noon in Dirlam Lounge, Smith Chapel. Starting at 5a.m. Wednesday, watch for our golf cart roaming the campgrounds for coffee, newspapers & other necessities to kick-start your day.

TWITTER AWAY in our computer labs with free web access. Labs are located in Carver Science Hall & will be open Tuesday from 8 a.m.–8 p.m.

CATCH UP with the world at Dunn Library – find TVs, web access, newspapers & magazines. Enjoy extended hours Tuesday from 8 a.m.–midnight. Wednesday open at 8 a.m. A TV can also be found in Brenton Student Center and Dirlam Lounge.

GET A BITE at one of our three concessions stands open from 9:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 5 a.m.–noon on Wednesday. Locations include Bill Buxton Football Stadium, McBride Baseball Field and the Simpson Softball Field. Items include baked potato bar, walking tacos, smoothies and assorted beverages. Morning fare will boast muffins, fruit and coffee.

LOOK SMART in a t-shirt from the Simpson College Bookstore. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday. Be sure to pick up a 10% off coupon at the Simpson Welcome Center.

GOT ART? We do! The building is cool but the art is even cooler. The Paintpushers, a group of 13 talented local artists, will have their works on display in Farnham Galleries located in Mary Berry Hall on Tuesday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

CATCH A FREE FLICK. Catch the 2007 film, The Final Season- filmed in Iowa. Multiple showings at 1, 4 & 7 p.m. in Camp Lounge of the Brenton Student Center. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

CALLING ALL SIMPSON ALUMNI! Join us under the red and gold tent in front of College Hall between 5–7 p.m. on Tuesday for a Red & Gold Reception, RAGBRAI-style! We promise it’ll be a dilly of a time! All are welcome, so invite your friends. (If weather is inclement, event will be in Hubbell Atrium of Carver Hall.)

KARAOKE . . . Need we say more?! Be a rock star at Club Storm in Great Hall located above Pfeiffer Dining Hall. Tuesday 5–9 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

EAT ALL YOU CAN for dinner & breakfast in Pfeiffer Dining Hall located next to Buxton Park’s main campground. Tuesday 5–6:30 p.m. $9.95 per person – Menu includes pasta bar, carved roast beef, baked potato bar, pizza, salad bar and dessert. Wednesday 6–8 a.m. breakfast $6.95 per person – includes fresh fruit, ham, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, egg sandwich with croissants, blueberry pancakes, waffle bar and yogurt bar with assorted pastries. Beverages and snacks will also be available through Pfeiffer Express on Tuesday from 1–5 p.m.

OOOO AND AHHH at the beauty of a Nite-Glo. Three tethered hot air balloons will light up the night at McBride baseball field on E Street. Come and see one of the gorgeous sights that make Indianola known around the world. We’ll start just after sunset, weather permitting. Concessions will be available.

Our next pre-ride blog, will cover the departure details from Burlington to Indianola on Saturday, July 25.

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