I was really looking forward to the RAGBRAI night in Des Moines being a great display of our capitol city for people from all over the country. However, they put the campground way back in Water Works Park, so people experienced West Des Moines on their ride in, but not downtown or East Village unless they went a few more miles or took a bus. I'll bet that many riders didn't even see Des Moines until they rode out this morning. Further, putting the Expo and Events on the Court and Walnut bridges was really cool, but it was way too far from the campground. If they had used the Capitol grounds for the campground, I think it would have been a much better experience of Des Moines for everyone. Also, what was it like for traffic this morning as the thousands of riders trickled out of town? It is bad enough in the little towns, but it must have been really tough in Des Moines.