WOW! We are going to Okoboji for a week in August! We used to go there every summer when I was young, but haven't been back since! I've not done the tri, but sounds like fun!
I have done two RAGBRAI's and my mom will be doing her 31st RAGBRAI this year!
RAGBRAI is such a fun experience! The scenery is beautiful, the food is wonderful, the people watching is the best! I know riding your bike all day, eating and drinking way too much, sweating in the humidity, sleeping in a tent and waking up to do it all over again, 7 days in a row, doesn't sound like fun to most, but to me and over 10,000 other riders, it is the greatest!
2 x RAGBRAI in early 90's. Looking forward until kids are old enough so we can do it as a family ... Definitely one of the best weeks of my life (and responsible for the addition of the verb "to kybe" into the personal vernacular).