First, let me at the record straight, Iowa is not flat!
After my first day on the road, I made the whole 54 miles. That doesn't sound like a lot. At least it didn't to me. I thought it would be an easy day ... I've done 50 before! But it was hot and hilly and hard.
I loved it!
In my first day I got a flat, fixed my chain, learned how to pace myself (I hope), went down a slip n slide and ate and ate and ate.
The best advice I've gotten so far is: "Remember, you are on vacation. If all you've done at the end is 471 miles, that's a lot. But RAGBRAI offers so much more!"