Hi Ragbrai riders
I just heard on WHO TV 13 that the town of Van meter will be a past through town between Perry to Des Moines. It was leaked out tonight on the 10 o’clock news report on veterans cemetery meeeting building being built.
I think Van Meter is wishful thinking on there part. From there the only option is the Booneville Rd. that runs into Grand Ave. If they do want to camp near downtown that’s a long ride across the west side, no matter which way you go, with lots of traffic control. They could utilize the trail system and come into Water Works Park, but I don’t see that happening.
and it’s still 2 1/2 months until the Register makes the announcement. Plenty of time for them to skip the leakers. If those folks were right as of now. like town who were sure they were going to be overnight stops.
and remember Marne about 2 weeks before the ride? everyone has a theory about why they got cur at the last minute. Officially I think “they” said the road surface wasn’t safe. unofficially afraid of the hugh party too close to the overnight ot the volunteer fire department there contracted with the “wrong” beer distributor.
and to keep riders off trails they have done things like post skull & crossbone signs on trails, and the official route arrows pointing people away on down the road, signs about no support or services…but that’s really no different than any other day on the trail.