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SLIDESHOW: RAGBRAI rolls through

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VENTURA, Iowa (KTTC) -- RAGBRAI riders are enjoying a shorter trek and cooler temperatures Wednesday as they make their way through several small towns in north Iowa.

After Tuesday's 80-mile journey from Emetsburg to Forest City, bikers are taking a 38-and-a-half mile trek Wednesday with highs in the low 80s.

Riders enjoyed breakfast in the quaint town of Ventura, a small town of nearly 600 on the west end of Clear Lake.

They continued their trek another 5-and-a-half miles to Clear Lake where many plan to visit the Surf Ballroom, the location Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper played their last concert before being killed in a plane crash in 1959.

The final 16-and-a-half mile run takes the group into Mason City Wednesday evening for a live concert featuring a number of bands including Poison's Bret Michaels.

On Thursday, bicyclists will head out for their nearly 66-mile trek from Mason City to Waverly. RAGBRAI wraps up Saturday in Guttenberg.

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