Think it’s a little soon to start in Sioux City again. My guess is north though. Onawa, Cherokee, Spencer, Algona, Clear Lake ( owe them a make up for rain out last time), Charles City, Decorah, Marquette
We are “all in” for Chucktown but it is too soon. We had wonderful hosts there last time and still keep in touch. Being greeted at the door and offered a glass of Gentleman Jack over ice plus the use of their new Chrysler after our showers really sticks in my memory. A start in SUX would be fine with us again but I see Le Mars as a start and an overnight in Fort Dodge, the rest is hazy. If I could only find the magic napkin on which all the routes were inscribed.
Trying to get a team together from the suburbs of NYC. Is there a better chance to get into Ragbrai 2014 by signing up individually or with a team. I am not sure if the lottery favors one over the other. Would take any input!Thanks. John F
I think the only time RAGBRAI has been in Allamakee County was back in 1977 when they finished up in Lansing. And unless they hit Waukon or Postville as a pass-thru town on their way south to Guttenberg, they aren’t likely to be going back since there’s no place to go once you get there.
Lansing will never be an end point again; the closest hospital is across the river in La Crosse or Prairie du Chien, WI — thirty miles in either direction — or fifteen miles back in Waukon.
And while Marquette/McGregor DOES have Prairie du Chien (and its hospital) right across the creek, there’s no place there large enough to handle the crowds…and the Isle of Capri casino wouldn’t appreciate the congestion keeping all those senior citizens away from their slot machines. -“BB”-
I am going to go with a change of thinking for me, and say that the 2014 route will go south. I mean really south–like on the boarder of Missouri. Let’s get into some hills and long hot days. Maybe end in Keokuk again.
one year instead of “Guess the Route” TJ and gang should pick a rider submitted route just for something different.
My last day for that one would be Decorah to Waukon about 16 miles, to Rossville, Marquette-McGergoer (+/- 40 miles, also meeting town using 18) , Clayton, Garnavillo, Guttenberg (55-60 miles)
I really want to get that last county checked off, that I can find some other reason to keep going
Never ridden RAGBRAI here and only have one multi-day ride under my belt but am seriously considering becoming a first time rider in 2014 a month before turning 64. I’ve only been back on a bike for two years now but will be working to build miles and work on hills here in Connecticut in the hope my number comes up in the lottery. Following this year’s ride has convinced me it’s definitely worth the drive to Iowa.
Tom – Welcome! The hardest part of RAGBRAI for me is driving to it from Colorado, and that’s only half as far as Connecticut! But it’s definitely worth it. I turned 60 this year and the ride was more fun than ever. My only advice would be to train in the hottest weather that Connecticut has to offer. The miles and the hills are easy, but the heat will get to you if you’re not used to it.