RAGBRAI Day 5–Green Mountain, Toledo



The Waterloo crew in Toledo

The days are starting to run together a bit for the traveling crew, trying to work two sites in a day.  Days begin at 4 to 5 in the morning and run to midnight or so.  On top of that, with sparse coverage, the ATT&T aircard that allows me to upload to this site is pretty much useless in central rural Iowa.

Fortunately, much of the hard work is being done by fantastic crews from our Iowa plants.

Wednesday morning started out in Green Mountain, where a great bunch from Waterloo came in and served riders more omelets. This is treat that last year’s RAGBRAI team put together, consisting of all Tyson products– a pre-made omelet from the Chicago plant, wrapped in a Mexican Original tortilla.  Customers can get it with or without a patty of good Tyson sausage wrapped in the middle.  They sell like hotcakes, er, well, you know.  We’ve been selling 400-700 of them a day, and have our "regulars" who stop by often.

Wednesday evening found us at the "overnight town" (where the bikers camp) of Toledo, where a group from Tyson Waterloo served all of the "real" proteins, chicken beef and pork sandwiches.  We were a bit concerned early in the day, when it appeared we wouldn’t be selling much, but a dinnertime onslaught of people, made for one of our best events of the week. A  big special thanks to Steve and Nancy Louthan who came in after the photos and videos were shot and worked like crazy ’til the last item was packed into the Ryder at quitting time.

Again, we just can’t say enough about the Tyson team members we’ve been working with. They just add special meaning to the phrase "Powering the Spirit."

RAGBRAI–The Tyson Crew at Belle Plaine


Today, the Tyson crew worked early at Belle Plaine,  It was a "meeting point" town, where support vehicles could meet bikers mid-way into the route.  A well-planned town with live music and other entertainment.  The Tyson Columbus Junction plant provided much needed support to this extremely busy town.  The crew was selling omelets as fast as they could be made. As best we can figure, more than 800 omelets were sold to benefit hunger relief organizations in Belle Plaine.



RAGBRAI Day 4 Grand Junction, Ames



The Storm Lake crew at Grand Junction


Yesterday was a long day for the RAGBRAI ground crew, with two stops.  The traveling crew was wheels up at 4:00 am from Clive back to Grand Junction, where a group from Storm Lake (more photos and video from them later today) ably assisted in the breakfast run. I stayed behind in Des Moines for the food donation. Sherri left Green Mountain at 9:00 to meet a great group from the Tyson Perry Plant in Ames.  Our chairperson, Andrea was out of action, with 850mg of  Amoxicillin doing its job on the unwelcome strep throat.



The Perry Crew at Ames

It was an excellent day.  Two crews from Perry (it was a 12-hour day in Ames) worked really hard and sold a bunch of ribeye and chicken sandwiches.  Tyson VP Bruce Pautsch addressed a crowd gathering for the Styx concert, talked about how important Iowa is to Tyson, and announced an additional 100,000 pounds of food relief to the victims of the devastating Iowa floods.

The day ended at 11:00 with a huge fireworks show as the Perry crew began helping pack up the Ryder.

Today  it’s on to Green Mountain and Tama Toledo.