Elizabeth Rhoads Read
On last year’s RAGBRAI Pre-Ride we were riding with Nate Kaeding to a town called Bussey. The town made us lunch and dessert. Nate signed some autographs and visited an elderly lady down the street. She promised to make chicken and noodles next time he came through Bussey. Sure enough, Nate and a couple of other former Hawkeyes stopped at the lady’s house during RAGBRAI a couple of weeks later and took her up on the offer. Hawkeyes are classy! More sponsor information here and here.
about the artist
Elizabeth received a BA degree in art and political science from Cornell College in 1972. She has pursued many careers, including teaching in an alternative high school, being a private investigator, and counseling women on employment issues. She has also devoted many hours to community improvement. Elizabeth continued creating art, and for the past 17 years, she has been working as a full time artist while raising her two children, now grown. She has participated in juried and invitational shows with her large fiber wall hangings and paper sculptures and her work can be found in both private and corporate collections.
BEHIND THE DESIGN
Herky couldn’t resist donning the attire of a cyclist on the greatest ride in Iowa. RAGBRAI was born in 1973 out two Des Moines Register columnists who wrote stories about their six day-long bike ride and has been growing and growing since then. The biking outfits have changed since 1973, but it is just as big of an Iowa tradition now as it was in its early years. Herky is wearing what will be seen on this year’s ride across Iowa.