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!
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!!
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.