RAGBRAI for pulling off such and event
The Host towns for making such a huge effort and making all of us feel welcome
Hawkeye Hospitality which was never in shortage during the entire trip
The Farmer who passed out ice cold water on the first day and the only time I did not see him smiling is when someone tried to give him money.
The countless farms that turned into flash mob rest stops for weary from the heat riders and provided shade and water
The lady that took my daughter under her wing when she was green around the gills and helped without being asked and only wanted a thank you
The couple above St Anthonys that provided one of the most memorable rest stops and saved a ton of riders from heat stroke.
The support of fellow riders along the road
The 14 year old on his 3rd Ragbrai
Jack whom gave excellent advice on the bus to the start
The Crazy Loon lady giving out candy and sage advice on the road
The dream team for being awesome
The second graders in Cherry Hill park area were great helpers and your moms prepared a great meal baked awesome treats. Thank you
The Man who ate at our table in the Church in Marshallton and was searching for pecan pie, You sir are very funny and I enjoyed breaking bread with you
The farmer and his wife that were selling whole watermelons for 3 buck in Dayton
The guy with the Iowa flag proclaiming “last hill you made it”
The guy blasting the Hawkeye fight band music in every town he approached
The folks with the rocking horse
the family with the pony
And many many more
The lady in Harry Potter glasses that called my 13 year old daughter a vulgar term in a very hushed voice so others could not hear your foul mouth and vile attitude while in line for a Kybo in PBV camp. As my daughter asked me “who says something like that to a kid”. Your attempt to intimidate failed as she was simply disgusted with you. But you provided me with an opportunity to teach a lesson for my daughter. I explained that she only needed to be next to you for a brief moment but you have to live with yourself every day. Enjoy your personal space, with your attitude I am sure you get it in boatloads.
The guy on the Cervelo that knocked a 14 year old off his huffy and hurt his knee. While the kid was visibly in pain he still finished not that you were concerned. If on a proper bike he could probally drop you (bicycle term) now our in the very near future. If I had been there I would have caught you and dropped you (street term) I hope you got you PR Strava boy.
The on your left Race Against Great Bicyclists Across Iowa crowd. If you were behind me and needed to go that fast to catch up you are not that fast. You were behind a 13 year old The tour de france is not calling and you have brakes, I would suggest you learn how to use them.I was always far enough right that I was never near you but I saw you put a bunch of folks in trouble with your demand of your little space
Every time I heard an ambulance I was sad, while inevitable that folks will get hurt I do not like it.
“Race Against Great Bicyclists Across Iowa crowd” – BINGO!
It was my first RAGBRAI, but I was surprised to see so many pace lines. And I’m not talking about a little occasional drafting on those strong head-wind days – I’m talking about large, fast pelotons, often upwards of 20 or 30 riders, pushing along at significantly faster pace than most riders, and in very crowded conditions. And when they were coming up, they made their message was loud and clear: “WE ARE FASTER THAN YOU, WE ARE INTENSE, SO GET THE HELL OUT OF OUR WAY”.
Is RAGBRAI really the most appropriate venue to play out their Lance fantasies? Maybe a different ride, or perhaps a shrink’s couch?
I noticed many singles and pairs of riders riding on the left side of the right lane so they could pass the slower riders and maintain their line without having to ride right. Some got startled or even indignant when someone would pass them on the right, even with an “on your right” warning.
I had a couple of people make comments to me about passing on the right and how bad that was. Well, if you’re going to ride on the center line and leave an empty lane to your right, expect to get passed on the right. I’m not going to pull out left into traffic to pass when when there is 10 feet of empty pavement to your right.
One thing I noticed on some county roads was there was a lot of new gravel on the shoulders that was not packed down. This led to a few exciting “bike off” episodes on my part as well as other. That may have contributed to more people stopping on the pavement before actually moving to the shoulder or not at all. I’m sure the new gravel was intended to eliminate dropping off the pavement but when it was not packed, it presented a different problem.
I had a couple of people make comments to me about passing on the right and how bad that was.Well, if you’re going to ride on the center line and leave an empty lane to your right, expect to get passed on the right.I’m not going to pull out left into traffic to pass when when there is 10 feet of empty pavement to your right.
Passing “left” “right” or “up the middle” is necessary during RAGBRAI and is addressed in the RIDE RIGHT VIDEO. I suspect the complainers did not watch the video.
The GOOD, a 2,000 calorie burger (with O-rings) at Red Robin in Davenport on the way home.
The BAD, intense dehydrating heat for the first four days.
The UGLY, spending Day 3 and Day 4 with my good pal Desitin.
The Good: Any day riding before 10:00 AM. The non-profits along the way
offering services. The DJ on a bike, in fact anyone playing music.
Shade. Free water and ice offered at random farmhouses. Pass through
towns like: St. Anthony, Clemons, Cloutier, and many others. The
Nuckelhead Bar in Anamosa. Secure parking in Clinton. The warm up
bands in Webster City, Marshalltown, and Cedar Rapids (I could not stay
up late enough for the main acts). The conversation during the
The Bad: Wednesday after 11:00 AM or Tuesday into the wind.
The Ugly: Wednesday after 1:00 PM.