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The perfect spot: Mr. Pork Chop scouts locations for RAGBRAI

JASPER COUNTY – The RAGBRAI legend that is Mr. Pork Chop began more than 30 years ago with its founder, Paul Bernhard.

JASPER COUNTY – The RAGBRAI legend that is Mr. Pork Chop began more than 30 years ago with its founder, Paul Bernhard.

It’s a lot of work planning for 10,000 riders, and after Paul Bernhard’s passing, the hefty task fell to his sons. 

One of the biggest questions is always where to sell the beloved chops each summer. But that’s exactly what Matt Bernhard set out to do on a cold spring day. 

“You’d think most people had heard of him,” Bernhard says. “But there’s a lot of days you go look for a sight and you knock on their door, and they have no clue who Mr. Pork Chop is.”

The pork chop guru he is, Bernhard knows the advantages of some locations over others. 

“The best bet is to be on the top of a hill. Bikers don’t like hills but they do work a little better for me.” 

Matt Bernhard, Mr. Pork Chop

When Bernhard reaches the Robinson Family Farm, a handshake seals the deal. And puts another location on the map. 

“I’ve heard of Mr. Pork Chop,” Jason Robinson says. “I’ve never had a Mr. Pork Chop, but sounds like that could be changing this summer.” 

This year’s RAGBRAI route begins in Onawa and ends in Davenport, with stops in Denison, Jefferson, Ames, Newton, Sigourney, Iowa City.