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Baggage Q from new rider

Hey folks,
2013 will be my 1st ragbrai,
I am an experienced loaded touring cyclist and normally carry everything I need with me. IF I check a bag in on the luggage truck , do I HAVE to pick it up each night? Is there a cut-off time where if you don’t come get it it just goes back on the truck? I’m thinking that I can carry enough stuff easily to maybe only need to swap items in and out of the luggage every 2-3 days without carrying it all the way to where I’m camped and back.

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jwsknk, February 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Baggage Transport

The baggage tag permits you to put your bag on RAGBRAI’s baggage semitruck. Your bag must be clearly marked and can be claimed only by showing that the number on your wristband matches the number on your baggage tag. The tags allow for multiple wristband numbers to be entered so spouses/friends can pick up their party’s bags at the same time.

Daily riders must write their wristband number(s) on their baggage tag.

Although each rider is allowed one large, soft texture bag, you may bundle or strap together a tent, sleeping bag or duffel bag and count it as one. We cannot accept wood or hard plastic luggage or bike cases. Bags should weigh no more than 50 pounds. A scale will be on-hand to weigh over-weight bags.

Your baggage will be exposed to the elements, so please pack items accordingly. Click here to watch a brief video on how to pack for RAGBRAI.

Be sure to have your gear at the RAGBRAI baggage semitruck before 8 a.m. The RAGBRAI baggage semitruck leaves promptly at 8 a.m. with no exceptions. You will need to walk your baggage onto the truck in the mornings, however, your baggage will be unloaded for you in the afternoon. A horn will sound 15 minutes before leaving time. The trucks will load where they unloaded the day before. We will not be responsible for baggage left at the semitruck in the mornings before it is open nor after 6 p.m. Baggage security is provided from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. only.

so the way I read it and they did mention this at the Ride Right meeting, anything left after 6:00pm they won’t be checking tag numbers for. And anything not walked up the ramp onto the truck between 6 and 8:00am will be left. Although I think it will show up in lost & found in one of the next overnight town at some point. But that may not be near the campsite.


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JoeB, February 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Thanks..I am having a hard time digesting all of this new information. Nice to have someone explain how they interpret it..


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