Sunís up, time to put on the cycling shoes. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

Thatís five days down and two to go. Iíve learned a lot by riding my bike across Iowa with more than 15,000 people. Among them?

1. Cornfields swallow humans whole.

Kimery Duda of Austin steps into a cornfield. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

2. Never pass up an opportunity to use a slip ín slide in front of a hay field.

We stopped to cool off on the slip Ďn slide. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

3. Watermelon-themed cycling kits are the bomb.

This guy special-ordered this cycling kit all the way from Australia. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

4. If you donít have a watermelon-themed kit, try a tutu.

Fashion is an important consideration at RAGBRAI. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

5. Everyone needs a bicycle-themed temporary tattoo.

Weíve got two more days of riding to finish our trip across Iowa. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

6. The fictional character Walter Eugene ďRadarĒ OíReilly from the television show ďMASHĒ grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa, where Iím staying at the local YMCA for the night.

7. Banjo music makes you pedal faster.

A banjo player serenades the stream of passing cyclists. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

8. Half the population of Texas, including Lance Armstrong, is pedaling across Iowa this week.

9. Dill pickle slices do not belong on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

10.†You really donít need a map at RAGBRAI. Just follow the bikes in front of you.

Iím carrying a route map, but itís impossible to get lost. Photo by Pam LeBlanc