MASON CITY, Iowa — Alice Hoffmeier of Cedar Rapids was up early on Wednesday. After dozens of similar days, the 78-year-old knows what she needs to do to finish her 26th RAGBRAI.
One big secret? Taking a nap.
“I take a nap after lunch. I find a shady spot out in the country, away from the noise and set my alarm on my cellphone and take a nap,” Hoffmeier said.
Each stop on the route has its own theme, but Hoffmeier has one of her own.
“The saying this year is I’m 78 and doing great. I may be slow, but I still go.”
She hopes to keep on going until she’s 80.