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Started 2 years ago ago by Ed Kanitra
Latest reply from bevelyn382 1 year, 11 months ago ago

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    Ed Kanitra
  • Any idea what percent of the riders in RAGBRAI show up for the ride on their own?


    Posted 2 years ago ago #416605

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  • Nobody rides alone on RAGBRAI!!!! Ride and just start talking to other riders and you’ll find new friends!!!


    Posted 2 years ago ago #416640

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  • Ed,if you find yourself alone in the evening, stop by my RV and we’ll provide you a beer, a chair and some friendly conversation. People are very friendly on RAGBRAI and most will welcome your visit.


    Posted 2 years ago ago #416719

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    Ed Kanitra
  • Oh believe me! I am not shy! LOL I am sure I will be busy talking to people and enjoying the week.:mrgreen: Better be careful, Dave. I may take you up on the offer. Goodness knows I’ll never pass up a beer! I was just curious!


    Posted 2 years ago ago #418068

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  • Just a guess, but I’d say 10% to 15% go as solo riders. I’ve been on 2 Ragbrai’s solo, and 2 other week long tours in a group. Personally, I enjoyed the solo rides better. No expectations or obligations….just do what you and only you want to do, when you want to. And as others have said, there really is no alone on Ragbrai (well the Kybos being the exception). You will either talk to others, or they will talk to you. Even a severely introverted person would have trouble staying that way!!


    Posted 2 years ago ago #418623

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  • RonB, MOST KTBO’s, the double wides can easly handle two, you just don’t find them often.


    Posted 2 years ago ago #418624

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  • I do RAGBRAI with a team but I can’t keep up with them so I am usually riding alone. I just strike up a conversation with whoever is near while or while taking a break. Sometimes you end up riding with the same people all day long and then see them again on another day. You’re never really alone.


    Posted 2 years ago ago #418625

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  • RonB,

    I’ve ridden on 2 different teams and the 2nd one was much more like what you describe as solo. Sure, we had a team bus and a luggage truck but everyone did their own thing or formed a few smaller groups. No club jerseys, designated ride start times, etc. But with the ease of dealing with a smaller group then the central camp. Plus people to hang with only if you choose. Some early birds and some night owls. The other team I tried was just a little to tight knit for me although many people like that approach too.


    Posted 2 years ago ago #418861

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    Michael Hoenig
  • Teams are good when you feel you need a support group — or just one person — to stake out your campsite, meet you for lunch at the halfway town, and so on. I’ve enjoyed the experience…

    I’ve been on a team every year I’ve ridden, but not 2013!

    I’m renovating a perfectly good, barely-used Schwinn kiddie trailer over the winter. When it’s finished, it’ll be perfect for carrying my camping gear, Amateur Radio equipment, cooler, idunno…

    Baggerland, here I come!


    Posted 2 years ago ago #421250

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    mary frances ponder
  • could someone tell me what is next after I enter this race? I am solo….untill I get there and have no clue what to do about eats,places to stay,etc?thxs,mfponder


    Posted 2 years ago ago #421459

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  • Mary Frances, RAGBRAI is mainly a camping event. Motel rooms are few and hard to find. However, food can be found everywhere. Every passthrough & overnight town will have food vendors. Check out RAGBRAI information, http://ragbrai.com/about/
    You may also want to check out my favorite charter, Pork Belly Ventures (PBV) at http://pkbelly.com/ Look me up and I’ll buy you a beverage!!!!


    Posted 2 years ago ago #421668

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  • Mary Frances, if you go to Youtube and type in RAGBRAI and spend a couple of evenings viewing the results you will have some of your questions answered. Then if you go up to the top of this page and click “About RAGBRAI” and read the official info you will have more questions answered.



    Posted 2 years ago ago #421669

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  • Has anyone mentioned this is not a race? It’s a ride to be enjoyed. How you want to enjoy is entirely up to you!!


    Posted 2 years ago ago #421790

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  • I always thought it was a race to see who had the most fun. A complicated point system accounting for how much pork, pie, ice cream, pie, pancakes, pie, corn and roadside homemade goodies you can eat. Points are awarded for style, ability to laugh at adversity, rain, wind, heat and yourself. Points are lost for complaining about hills, accommodations, internet service, or lines. Disqualification results from rushing through towns, not stopping at the local high school fund raiser, taking part in pace lines, failing to wave as you ride past the locals, not giving high fives to the kids with their arms stretched out and failing to ride right. The winner is always too modest to allow their name to be published.


    Posted 2 years ago ago #421791

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  • You are right jsm! I never thought of it that way. It is a race~!! :-D


    Posted 2 years ago ago #422534

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