I will be riding this year with my 14 year old son on our tandem and he has celiac disease, and can not eat anything with gluten. Does anyone have experiance with this on RAGBRAI? Any suggestions on how to plan for this would be appreciated. In our experiance when we travel small towns can be a probelm. This years ride is going to be alot of small towns so I have some concern. Do any of the week long traveling food vendors offer Gluten Free options?
I don’t remember any vendors calling attention to gluten-free food although I bet there is something along those lines.
Unfortunately RAGBRAI can often be like eating at the County Fair all week long. Its one of my least favorite things about RAGBRAI. By Wednesday I can’t take another burger wrapped in wax paper being fetched from a cooler.
When I was pulling my son in a trailer we would get so far behind the locusts that on more than one occasion we got to town too late to get a proper meal.
My response was to haul all my own food and I like doing it that way now. I don’t have to wait in line for soggy salad and crappy spaghetti anymore.
Since you do have a serious constraint on diet I would plan on being supported and taking your own food. Depending on a gluten free meal to appear when you need it is not a strategy.
We plan to serve five of the seven days in the pass through towns or meeting towns. Our pulled pork is made gulten free, and we don’t use any gluten in our spices or rubs. We also always keep a bottle of gluten free BBQ sauce with us. It is a very good sauce. We have served people that can’t eat anything Gluten each of the past four years. Look for the Big BBQ sign, and follow the smoker. Friend us on facebook, twitter or instagram or hit up our website for more information.
I second Carbo Hut. I have a bad stomach and food allergies. Carbo Hut serves high quality, healthy food, but they are available at different times in different towns…you have to look for them or contact them in advance to find where they will be.
I would recommend that you try to plan your culinary schedule in advance with an available reserve just in case. Look for the list of vendors on the website (probably to be published later…I haven’t checked) or contact Linda Smuck at the Register to see if you can get more intel. If she can’t help you, you can contact the pass through towns for more info on restaurants later in the season.
Despite the challenge, it is manageable. Please…forge ahead!! You and your child will absolutely not regret it, but you need to put in a little extra time for preparation. You have months to plan for this and preparation can be fun in itself.
I own a restaurant in Okoboji called the Outrigger. Im not quite sure what gluten free consists of but we will be open for all riders to stop in for a great meal. Sunday afternoon we will be offering a pasta dinner or either Alfredo or Spaghetti or you can come inside for a great selection of foods from seafood, steaks, sandwiches, salads, etc. Monday morning we will be set up outside for breakfast. We are located in the strip mall where the Okoboji Post office is, right behind Kum-n-Go and also next to the bike shop. Our community is excited to host Ragbrai this year and look forward to see you all. Have a great ride!
Riders would like more contol over portion size. I don’t mind paying an exorbitant amount for meals but some of us guys are going to need up to 2000 calories per sitting to sustain this gig for 7 days. Just sayin.
I was riding last year and I have gluten free diet. I ate mostly burritos with rice and stop in greoceries like Hy-vee to get food and they had some gluten free stuff. But I carry some snacks and chips in my luggage in case for my evenings.
I think you should have some gluten free stuff carrying with with bags in case of issues with small towns.