Making Music on RAGBRAI 2019

by | Sep 3, 2019 | Improvisation and song writing | 2 comments

I had a great time making music on RAGBRAI 2019 with my fellow cyclists! I just got back from RAGBRAI, the annual bike ride across Iowa.

By the way, RAGBRAI stands for Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. More than 10,000 cyclists ride for 7 days the width of the state, camping at night and cycling by day.

Jenny Peters during RAGBRAI 2019

Here’s me on my bike in Iowa.

Along the way, I ran into MANY musicians. John was carrying his tuba behind him in a trailer. Cary had a violin on his back. Alecia had a trumpet strapped to her bicycle. Jim was carrying his banjo. Not to be outdone, I had my ukulele.

I had many chances to play and make people happy. Diane and I sang “This Land is Your Land” and got a three-year-old girl interested in playing ukulele. 


Jim and I played banjo and ukulele at a state park.

Jenny Peters making music on RAGRBRAI 2019



Here’s Jim playing his RAGBRAI banjo ukulele.

We even sang “Happy Birthday” to create a singing telegram for a fellow rider’s father’s birthday!

All in all, I had a great time. It was fun sharing and making music on RAGBRAI 2019 with my fellow cyclists!

Making Music on RAGRBRAI 2019
Jenny shares her ukulele with a young music fan on RAGBRAI 2019

Have you taken your ukulele or other instrument with you on your travels? Have you had fun experiences making music with fellow travelers?  I’d love to hear about it – leave me a comment below! 

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  1. Jim Zdunek

    Hey Jenny,
    I see now that you rode with the Chicago Urban Bicycle Society in 2019. My first Ragbrai (and the banjo) was in 2005 with the C.U.B.S.
    Hope lots of people are learning the Uke during this here pandemic!

    • Jenny Peters

      Yes, they are!


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