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Scouting RAGBRAI 2015-Part 3 of 8: The Personalities of Downtown Cedar Falls From an Old Ice House to 4-Alarm Thai Food

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Cedar Falls, IA: Black Hawk County (Our 15th County!)

RAGBRAI’s (Register’s-Annual-Great-Bike-Ride-Across-Iowa) overnight #5 is on The Iowa Gallivant and we’re geared up to take a trip to it’s historic downtown district. Time for a Cedar Falls getaway with a gaggle of locals chomping at the bit to show us a great time! Fight back thoughts of boredom, because these folks simply don’t allow that kind of behavior in Cedar Falls…..

Stop #1 in part #3 at RAGBRAI overnight #5. Got all that? It's go time at Ginger Thai Cuisine in Cedar Falls, IA. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ginger-Thai-Cuisine/239170746164073
Stop #1 in part #3 at RAGBRAI overnight #5. Got all that? It’s go time at Ginger Thai Cuisine in Cedar Falls, IA.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ginger-Thai-Cuisine/239170746164073

If you’ve been following our other RAGBRAI scouting adventures, or The Iowa Gallivant in general, you’re getting used to us seeking memories through our stomachs. We’re OK with that. Because we keep finding unbelievable places like Ginger Thai Cuisine. It was the first restaurant we walked by after putting our car to bed early for the day. The owner and head chef exuded passion and it reflected in her staff, cooking, and overall experience. It was the perfect way to start out our Cedar Falls tour. An energetic young lady named Ud was our server and she took care of us. Mainly me when I asked that my order be extra spicy. Ud’s reply, “We have levels of 1 through 5.” I asked, “How hot is number 5?” Ud’s reply, “You won’t be able to finish it.” I cowered and asked for number 4. And I was grateful that I did!

That was JayJay's selection at Ginger Thai Cuisine. Kang Massaman! Massaman curry with shrimp, cocnut cream and tender potatoes.
That was JayJay’s selection at Ginger Thai Cuisine. Kang Massaman! Massaman curry with shrimp, coconut cream and tender potatoes.
Monie ordered the Drunken Noodles. Stir fried shrimp, rice noodles, fresh green beans, carrots, onion, bell peppers, basil leaves and chili sauce. Look at the size of the shrimp! Ginger Thai Cuisine in Cedar Falls, IA.
Monie ordered the Drunken Noodles. Stir fried shrimp, rice noodles, fresh green beans, carrots, onion, bell peppers, basil leaves and chili sauce. Look at the size of the shrimp on the end of her fork! Ginger Thai Cuisine in Cedar Falls, IA.

Ginger Thai Cuisine is just off of main street in downtown Cedar Falls and has the gourmet Thai charm of any “big city” restaurant we’ve been to prior to this trip. The dining room had vibrant colors and one of the most welcoming atmospheres Iowa has to offer. Between the two of us dining today we’ve lived in 9 different states and we can tell you with all honesty, Ginger Thai Cuisine is the best Thai food we’ve ever had. From the Thai-style Iced Tea to dessert and everything in between. The….BEST! And thanks again for the constant refills on my ice water. Ud apparently didn’t want me to run to the nearest fish tank.

Meet the proud owner and chef of Ginger Thai Cuisine, Wanida and her dessert of Sweet Sticky Rice with Fresh Mangos! When she's not running one America's finest Thai restaurant's she takes time to teach her craft at cooking classes. Just out of pure passion. This type of work ethic was a noticeable pattern on this day.
Meet the proud owner and chef of Ginger Thai Cuisine, Wanida and her dessert of Sweet Sticky Rice with Fresh Mango! When she’s not running one America’s finest Thai restaurant’s she takes time to teach her craft at local cooking classes. Just out of pure passion. This type of work ethic was a noticeable pattern for the day.

There’s an invited burn on my lips and a sudden boost of energy flowing through me that only a spicy Thai curry can supply. With a steady trot we wander into a shop full of iron pumping goodness. And we don’t mean a trip to the gym. It’s a trip to Vintage Iron Co.!

Vintage Iron Co. is
Vintage Iron Co. is “Anything but Ordinary.”
https://www.facebook.com/VintageIronCo

Vintage Iron Co. is one of the many shops in downtown Cedar Falls and proved to be quite a successful stop for Monie. She combed the entire shop and found some bling that was perfect for an Iowa excursion.

Look closely....A new necklace with an Iron Iowa pendant. Whats up Texas!
Look closely….A new necklace with an iron Iowa pendant. What’s up Texas!
Meet two of Vintage Iron's employees that helped us out. Claire and Dean. Dean has retired and works at Vintage Iron Co.......For fun!
Meet two of Vintage Iron’s employees that helped us out. Claire and Dean. Dean has retired and works at Vintage Iron Co…….For fun!

Now it was time to for our history lesson and what will be a great way for RAGBRAI’ers to cool down and support a local historical society at the same time. Just a short walk from downtown is the only museum of it’s kind in the whole country. We make our way to the Ice House.

The only museum, in America, that is housed in an authentic ice house, is right in Cedar Falls! http://www.cfhistory.org/
The only museum in America that is housed in an authentic ice house is right in Cedar Falls!
http://www.cfhistory.org/

RAGBRAI will be coming to Cedar Falls in late July, so its a good bet that the heat index will be up. A great way to literally cool down would be a simple $5 stroll through the Ice House Museum. The volunteers that take care of the museum and its guests often wear coats while inside the ice house. Even in the summer. And it’d better be cool if you’re going to store ice in there, right?

This large structure is nestled right between the trail rails and Cedar River where the ice was harvested up till the 1930's.  https://www.facebook.com/CedarFallsHistory?fref=ts
This large structure is nestled right between the train rails and the banks of the Cedar River where the ice was harvested up till the 1930’s.
https://www.facebook.com/CedarFallsHistory?fref=ts
Steve and Kay Rewerts are two of the hardworking caretakers who volunteer their time for the Cedar Falls historical society. The museum opens in May, but they were nice enough to give us an exclusive tour of this Cedar Falls landmark.
Steve and Kay Rewerts are two of the hardworking caretakers who volunteer their time for the Cedar Falls historical society. The museum opens in May, but they were nice enough to give us an exclusive tour of this Cedar Falls landmark.
One of the many pieces of Cedar Falls history that's housed at the ice house.
One of the many pieces of Cedar Falls history that’s housed at the Ice House.
The museum also has some interactive exhibits. I was going to flex for the camera, but that's a $4 shirt. Can't be ripping that!
The museum also has some interactive exhibits. I was going to flex for the camera, but that’s a $4 shirt. Can’t be ripping that!

The Rewerts knew more about the Ice House than we could have ever gathered on our own. After our tour, Kay directed us to the Victorian house that was the home for another extension of the Cedar Falls Historical Society. Working the entrance and supplying information on the house was Jean Sackett. And you guessed it. Volunteering her time out of pure enjoyment and for her love of Cedar Falls.

The main exhibit at the historic Victorian house is the history of Cedar Falls' Danish heritage and their plight in the Cedar valley.
The main exhibit at the historic Victorian house is the history of Cedar Falls’ Danish heritage and their plight in the Cedar Valley. Jean assured us that this exhibit will be on display through RAGBRAI. Ever eat that appetizer that has the cream cheese, sliced cucumber, and fresh dill on a piece of pumpernickel bread. That’s straight out Denmark!
Hey look! An exact depiction of our dining room at home! Minus the plastic promotional cups from random sporting events, ketchup bottle and lucky charms on the floor.
Hey look! An exact depiction of our dining room at home! Minus the plastic promotional cups from random sporting events, ketchup bottle and Lucky Charms on the floor.
The Cedar Falls Historical Society has one of the most impressive train sets I've ever seen. Jean wouldn't let me play with it though. I kicked a rock all the way back to Main Street.
The Cedar Falls Historical Society has one of the most impressive train sets that we’ve ever seen. Jean wouldn’t let me play with it though. I kicked a rock all the way back to Main Street.

The day had just begun for us and we have managed to pack in so much of downtown Cedar Falls already. We took one more stroll before heading back to Main Street. The sun was shining and the temperature was perfect for exploring.

Just off the main drag was a shop that plans on being very busy during RAGBRAI overnight #5. Bike Tech is ready for the masses!  http://www.biketechcf.com/
Just off the main drag was a shop that plans on being very busy during RAGBRAI overnight #5. Bike Tech is ready for the masses!
http://www.biketechcf.com/
Bike Tech's sales floor is jam packed with quality bikes and a crew ready to assist their customers. The sounds of tools twisting and turning will be echoing through this building more and more as the summer moves in and RAGBRAI nears. Get after it Bike Tech! https://www.facebook.com/biketechcf?fref=ts
Bike Tech’s sales floor is jam-packed with quality bikes and a crew ready to assist their customers. The sounds of tools twisting and turning will be echoing through this building more and more as the summer moves in and RAGBRAI nears. Get after it, Bike Tech!
https://www.facebook.com/biketechcf?fref=ts
Just off of Main Street is one of the trail heads of the bike path that stretches for miles and miles into neighboring Waterloo and all over the Cedar River Valley.
Just off of Main Street is one of the trail heads of the bike path that stretches for miles and miles into neighboring Waterloo and all over the Cedar River Valley.
Another great work of art in downtown Cedar Falls.
Another great work of art in downtown Cedar Falls.

Our stroll brought us back to Main Street and the slight breeze was just right for a flight of local whiskey. And the sun was shining just right for it too. The clouds were perfectly positioned for such a break as well. The sidewalk was cleared just enough to allow a swift path to…….It’s time for some whiskey, folks. We make our way to Whiskey Road!

Right on Main Street, Cedar Falls! Whiskey Road is the authority in everything malted, distilled and
Right on Main Street, Cedar Falls! Whiskey Road is the authority in everything malted, distilled and “damn that’s smooth” outbursts.
http://www.whiskeyroadcf.com/
Our trusty bar-tenderness, Cat, presents us with our first flight of the day. A snifter of Two Jay's Iowa Corn Whiskey (Norwalk), Cedar Ridge Single Malt (Swisher) and Cody Road Rye (LeClaire).  https://www.facebook.com/whiskeyroadcf?fref=ts
Our trusty bar-tenderness, Cat, presents us with our first flight of the day. Snifters of Two Jay’s Iowa Corn Whiskey (Norwalk), Cedar Ridge Single Malt (Swisher) and Cody Road Rye (LeClaire).
https://www.facebook.com/whiskeyroadcf?fref=ts
Nick shows off his current favorite bottle of heaven. He dropped the whiskey knowledge on us and we can't wait to go back and see what he has in store for us next time! https://twitter.com/whiskeyroadcf
Nick shows off his current favorite bottle of heaven. He dropped the whiskey knowledge on us and we can’t wait to go back and see what he has in store for us next time!
https://twitter.com/whiskeyroadcf

We sipped, we gabbed, we knocked them back. We had the Whiskey Road experience. It was now 2pm and our room at the Black Hawk was ready. Time to check in to one of the most historic hotels in the state of Iowa.

The Black Hawk Hotel in downtown Cedar Falls. Taking care of guests since the 1800's and placed on the national register of historical places.  http://www.blackhawk-hotel.com/
The Black Hawk Hotel in downtown Cedar Falls. Taking care of guests since the 1800’s and placed on the national register of historical places.
http://www.blackhawk-hotel.com/

When you walk into the Black Hawk, you can sense the history right away. The Black Hawk set us up in room #219 and we couldn’t have been more pleased with it. Let these pictures do the talking as you plan your reservations to this hotel.

The fireplace in the front parlor of The Black Hawk Hotel.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-BlackHawk-Hotel/119417481417427?fref=ts
The fireplace in the front parlor of The Black Hawk Hotel.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-BlackHawk-Hotel/119417481417427?fref=ts
Our view from room #219 at the Black Hawk Hotel. We can see the brewery from here!
Our view from room #219 at the Black Hawk Hotel. We can see the brewery from here!

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Right beneath our feet was our next stop. A place where the martinis are mixed by a staff eager to get happy hour humming. The Stuffed Olive and SOHO Sushi Bar & Deli had their cocktail shakers primed and ready for us.

JayJay coming at you with the classic Tanqueray martini with a twist and Monie with a house specialty call the Money Penny. Gin me!  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Soho-And-The-Stuffed-Olive/115845378435629?fref=ts
JayJay’s coming at you with the classic Tanqueray martini with a twist and Monie with a house specialty called the Ms. Money Penny. Gin me!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Soho-And-The-Stuffed-Olive/115845378435629?fref=ts

After a couple bottles of water and more window shopping we targeted the brewery across from our hotel. A brewery that is more than welcoming to everyone and most of all, the legion of customers that pedal their way here. It’s now time for beer at Singlespeed Brewing!

The neon called to us. Or was it the hops? You may be busy during RAGBRAI, Singlespeed. http://www.singlespeedbrewing.com/
The neon called to us. Or was it the hops? You may be busy during RAGBRAI, Singlespeed.
http://www.singlespeedbrewing.com/
Today's tap-master was Austin and his unwavering loyalty to all the beers he helps brew and pour.
Today’s tap-master was Austin and his unwavering loyalty to all the beers he helps brew and pour. “Asking me to pick my favorite beer we brew is like asking you who your favorite kid is.” Well put, Austin! He knows his craft(s).
https://www.facebook.com/SingleSpeedBeer?fref=ts
Austin poured us Singlespeed's Brewed x 2, Tricycle, Swift and IPA Blanco. And they received straight A's in the humbled opinion of these happy beer-heads. https://twitter.com/SingleSpeedBeer
Austin poured us Singlespeed’s Brewed x 2, Tricycle, Swift and IPA Blanco. And they received straight A’s in the humbled opinion of these happy beer-heads.
https://twitter.com/SingleSpeedBeer

Downtown Cedar Falls is showing us a great time and we can’t help but run into more of it’s talented brigade of business owners and workers. The day is zipping by and we have already met a network of some of the greatest personalities we’ve encountered on The Iowa Gallivant. Let’s coffee up, shall we. Cup of Joe at Cup of Joe!

Rising from the refection of the clouds is a staple for the lovers of Downtown Cedar Falls. Cup of Joe whipped a mean ice coffee and tends to keep that up for the caffeine starved riders that will be showing up in July. http://www.cupofjoe-cedarfalls.com/
Rising from the refection of the clouds is a staple for the lovers of Downtown Cedar Falls. Cup of Joe whipped up a mean ice coffee and tends to keep that habit going for the caffeine starved riders that will be arriving in July.
http://www.cupofjoe-cedarfalls.com/
Your daily dose of heroes can be seen everyday at Cup of Joe. Cori and Amber were steaming, shaking, brewing and mixing some of the best coffee and teas in town.   https://www.facebook.com/cupofjoe.cedarfalls?fref=ts
Your daily dose of heroes can be seen everyday at Cup of Joe. Cori and Amber were steaming, shaking, brewing, and mixing some of the best coffee and teas in town.
https://www.facebook.com/cupofjoe.cedarfalls?fref=ts
Lift up that lid and what do we have here? https://twitter.com/CFCupOfJoe
Lift up that lid and what do we have here? This is their blueberry-maple-pecan doughnut. And these babies are vegan, too!
https://twitter.com/CFCupOfJoe

As we sip our coffee we take in even more public art along Main Street. Did we mention that there’s no shortage of talent in Cedar Falls?

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There comes a time when you walk into a place and you instantly feel a genuine sense of positive energy. Our next stop was at an establishment that fills a niche. It actually fills a lot of niches. It’s the niche capital of Cedar Falls, I tell ya. You love wine? Then come here. You love vodka that’s infused with fresh fruit prepared by the very hands that will serve it to you? Then come here. Do you like choosing a craft beer from a ginormous list? Then come here. Do you love to see colorful art displayed by local artists? Then come here. Perhaps eating fine cheeses, charcuterie, and olives is what you’re looking for. Then come here. Let’s not forget a group of some of the most fun loving, knowledgeable, and cheerful locals on earth. You like those, too? Then come here. Where’s “here”? Luna Art & Wine is where you find all of this!

Luna provides an experience that's all their own. They were geared up for a busy night and made us feel like regulars. That's a Cedar Falls specialty by the way. https://www.facebook.com/LunaArtandWine?fref=ts
Luna provides an experience that’s all their own. They were geared up for a busy night and made us feel like regulars. That’s a Cedar Falls specialty by the way.
https://www.facebook.com/LunaArtandWine?fref=ts
Owner of Luna Art & Wine is Julie Shimek and she's surrounded by Hannah's! Hannah  (left side) is a district manager for a frozen yogurt concept called Sassy Strawberry. Located in the Iowa towns of Burlington, Ft Dodge and Waterloo and one in Austin, MN. This going to be a shocker.......She works at Luna....FOR THE FUN OF IT!
Owner of Luna Art & Wine is Julie Shimek and she’s surrounded by Hannahs! Hannah (left side) is a district manager for a frozen yogurt concept called Sassy Strawberry. Located in the Iowa towns of Burlington, Ft Dodge and Waterloo and one in Austin, MN. This is going to be a shocker…….She works at Luna….FOR THE FUN OF IT!
Pouring a white wine flight for their excited customers! They started with a Ravenna Riesling, then a Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Fly Girl White Blend and a Maddalena Chardonnay. Getting thirsty yet?
Pouring a white wine flight for their excited customers! They started with a Ravenna Riesling, then a Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Fly Girl White Blend and a Maddalena Chardonnay. Getting thirsty yet?
Luna's focus is on some of the best wine and beer in the area and just as much time is spent on showcasing local artists.
Luna’s focus is on some of the best wine and beer in the area and just as much time is spent on showcasing local artists.
Next came the red flight! Reunion Malbec, Morse Code Shiraz and La Cartuja Prioriat Garnacha. Don't know anything about these wines? Don't worry. The Hannah's do!
Next came the red flight! Reunion Malbec, Morse Code Shiraz and La Cartuja Prioriat Garnacha. Don’t know anything about these wines? Don’t worry. The Hannahs do!
The drinks never stop at Luna and neither does the displays of their proud art.
The drinks never stop at Luna and neither does the displays of their proud art.
What's this guy doing? Andy Shimek is coming at you with fresh pineapple infused vodka. Sometime you need to take your shots. And Andy has that covered at Luna.
What’s this guy doing? Andy Shimek is coming at you with fresh pineapple infused vodka. Sometimes you need to take your shots. And Andy has that covered at Luna.
We needed a snack and Luna was all over it. Out came a platter of warm artisan bread, fresh Granny Smith apples, cheese, sliced meats, olives, walnuts and fine chocolate. The empty dish is for your olive pits. I learned that!
We needed a snack and Luna was all over it. Out came a platter of warm artisan bread, fresh Granny Smith apples, cheese, sliced meats, olives, walnuts and fine chocolate. The empty dish is for your olive pits. I learned that!

The moon was coming out and we had a couple more places to drop by. We want to meet locals and as many locals as possible when we’re gallivanting. One of the most noticeable signs you’ll see in downtown Cedar Falls is the classic Orange Crush sign outside of the Blue Room Lounge. But, why does a bar have a huge Orange Crush sign? We found out. And we found out from a lady who teaches art up the hill at the University of Northern Iowa. Guess where this might be going….

The Blue Room has been serving up drinks for many years and they're going be stalked, staffed and stoked for RAGBRAI! https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blue-Room-Lounge/156310457749633?rf=201383166542658
The Blue Room has been serving up drinks for many years and they’re going be stocked, staffed, and stoked for RAGBRAI!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blue-Room-Lounge/156310457749633?rf=201383166542658
Teaching art to UNI's students during the day and serving up the Blue Room's famous Crush cocktails at night is April. And she gets hours in at the Blue Room Lounge....wait for it....FOR FUN!
Teaching art to UNI’s students during the day and serving up the Blue Room’s famous Crush cocktails at night is April. And she gets hours in at the Blue Room Lounge….wait for it….FOR FUN!

One does not simply spend a night in downtown Cedar Falls and NOT order a pizza. And just as we thought we couldn’t fit in one more expedition before nights end….Well, we managed to find the time. And Tony’s La Pizzeria had the hook, line and sinker set out for two gallivanters such as ourselves. We didn’t take a nibble of the bait. We just jumped right in!

The pizza angels were looking over us and they subconsciously guided us to Tony's Pizzeria.   http://277tony.com/
The pizza angels were looking over us and they subconsciously guided us to Tony’s La Pizzeria.
http://277tony.com/
Extreme close up!!! We ordered the House Special. Thin crust topped with a generous amount of cheese, pepperoni, ham, onion,  mushrooms, house made sausage and green bell peppers.  It was the perfect sedative after a long day and before a much needed rest. https://www.facebook.com/TonysLaPizzeria?fref=ts
Extreme close up!!! We ordered the House Special. Thin crust topped with a generous amount of cheese, pepperoni, ham, onion, mushrooms, house made sausage and green bell peppers. It was the perfect sedative after a long day and before a much needed rest.
https://www.facebook.com/TonysLaPizzeria?fref=ts

This is the part where you imagine us in sleep mode. Now please stop because I realized that it’s creeping me out. Please see the picture below to get your mind on something shiny perhaps. Like more public art.

Just one of many displays of public art in downtown Cedar Falls, IA. Our day encountered one masterpiece after another!
Our day encountered one masterpiece after another!

Uppie, uppie, uppie!!! The Black Hawk Hotel proved to be a great place for slumber, but it was time to make our way back to Hills. Downtown Cedar Falls could not have been more hospitable. We drove away from it’s streets and landed at a restaurant I know very well. I couldn’t leave town without stopping by for breakfast. We’re off to J’s Homestyle Cooking!

Just down the hill from the iconic UNI Dome is J's Homestyle Cooking. One of our favorite breakfast stops in all of Black Hawk County! http://jshomecooking.com/
Just down the hill from the iconic UNI Dome is J’s Homestyle Cooking. One of our favorite breakfast stops in all of Black Hawk County!
http://jshomecooking.com/
Debbie served us up a couple plates of pure early morning majesty. As you can see, we're still on the biscuits an gravy quest. And that's the SMALL order! Below is J's Apple Fritter French Toast. Made with their homemade bread.  https://www.facebook.com/jshomestylecooking?fref=ts
Debbie served us up a couple plates of pure early morning majesty. As you can see, we’re still on the biscuits and gravy quest. And that’s the SMALL order! Below is J’s Apple Fritter French Toast. Made with their homemade bread.
https://www.facebook.com/jshomestylecooking?fref=ts
We wanted to grab some treats for the family and J's had us covered. Everything you see is made from scratch at J's. From the toast you have with your breakfast to all the baked good displayed in their case. Conveniently positioned right by the register where you pay. We grabbed a cloud cookie, snicker doodle cookies, caramel pecan rolls and a couple salted nut rolls. All in the name of research of course.
We wanted to grab some treats for the family and J’s had us covered. Everything you see is made from scratch at J’s. From the toast you have with your breakfast to all the baked goods displayed in their case. Conveniently positioned right by the register where you pay. We grabbed a cloud cookie, snickerdoodle cookies, caramel pecan rolls, and a couple salted nut rolls. All in the name of research, of course.

RAGBRAI overnight #5 is officially scouted and the whole town is teething for the late July harvest of bike riders. We were in awe as we met so many people that exuded Cedar Falls patriotism for their hometown. At every turn, we met folks that were volunteering their time and putting extra hours out of their week, just so they can be ambassadors for this area. We know that we were going to have fun scouting RAGBRAI, but we have discovered more than we ever expected from each stop. 5 more towns are left on our list and we look forward to seeing all of them. Thank you, Cedar Falls! You’ve set the bar even higher for our RAGBRAI series.

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Don’t forget to read Parts 1 and 2 of our RAGBRAI series!

https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/02/09/scouting-ragbrai-part-1-of-8-24-hours-inside-iowa-river-landing/

https://theiowagallivant.com/2015/03/31/scouting-ragbrai-part-2-of-8-crafting-our-way-through-downtown-davenport/

And now a few very special thank you’s…….

To Kim Manning at the Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau. You, and your staff, did a wonderful job with the preparations that went into our day. We'll be in touch and we can tell that RAGBRAI and the Cedar Valley will be in good hands with the great team of citizens in Cedar Falls. See you next time!  http://www.cedarfallstourism.org/ https://www.facebook.com/CedarFallsIA?fref=ts https://twitter.com/CedarFalls https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cedar-Falls-RAGBRAI/773408922740231?fref=ts
To Kim Manning at the Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau. You, and your staff, did a wonderful job with the preparations that went into our day. We’ll be in touch and we can tell that RAGBRAI and the Cedar Valley will be in good hands with the great team of citizens in Cedar Falls. See you next time!
http://www.cedarfallstourism.org/
https://www.facebook.com/CedarFallsIA?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/CedarFalls
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cedar-Falls-RAGBRAI/773408922740231?fref=ts
To Carrie Sharkey of the Black Hawk Hotel who provided us with a top notch room overlooking downtown Cedar Falls. It made our trip even more memorable then we could have imagined. The staff was great and did a wonderful job of welcoming us in to Cedar Falls. http://www.blackhawk-hotel.com/
To Carrie Sharkey of the Black Hawk Hotel who provided us with a top notch room overlooking downtown Cedar Falls. It made our trip even more memorable then we could have imagined. The staff was great and did a wonderful job of welcoming us in to Cedar Falls.
http://www.blackhawk-hotel.com/
To all the amazing volunteers and employees of the Cedar Falls Historical Society. You are anchoring one of the most important aspects of your community and your hard can be easily seen. Thank you for opening the Ice House for us. We made us feel right at home right off the bat! http://www.cfhistory.org/
To all the amazing volunteers and employees of the Cedar Falls Historical Society. You’re anchoring one of the most important aspects of your community and your diligent work can be easily seen. Thank you for opening the Ice House for us. You all made us feel right at home right off the bat!
http://www.cfhistory.org/

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11 thoughts on “Scouting RAGBRAI 2015-Part 3 of 8: The Personalities of Downtown Cedar Falls From an Old Ice House to 4-Alarm Thai Food

  1. Very nice, but you skipped right by the Landmark OSTER REGENT THEATRE, and the only chance to see THE BICYCLING COMEDIAN (Tom Snyders.) He’s ridden to all 50 states (rode 8 hours a day on a cruise ship to Hawaii) and logged over 175,000 miles that include 10 national television appearances. He’ll do 4 or 5 family friendly shows in Cedar Falls on Wednesday, July 22, and this is the only chance to see him along the route that week!

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