On June 24th, 2012, Ron Christensen and Raymond "Bud" Moody met in Russell to ride their tractors to Centerville, IA to take part in and register for the Great Iowa Tractor Ride, sponsored by WHO radio and other sponsors.
Some 550 tractors made application in late January to go on ride number 16. This was their 10th or 12th time participating.
The host city for this ride was Centerville, IA. They rode a different route each of the three days and returned to the Fairgrounds each evening. Departure time was staggered as 50 tractors at a time left the area.
Monday they went to Corydon, IA., leaving at 8:15 a.m. and returning by 5 p.m., traveling 89 miles that first day. Tuesday they went around Lake Rathbun and traveled 48 miles. On Wednesday, they went east on Highway 2 through Unionville, IA., to Moravia and then back to Centerville.
Ron and Bud rode about 200 miles by the time they returned home on Wednesday, the 27th of June.
The heat did not seem to bother them, they considered it nice weather to ride in. Everyone seemed to enjoy the activities.
Bud is a member of the Lucas County Antique Tractor Club.