Was anyone else affected by Wednesdy night’s storm? My tent (actually PBV’s) was destroyed. My tent was down and filled with water mud. Everything inside was wet! I was ready to call it quits and go home at this point! After the storm, I was taken to a shelter (The Coliseum) in downtown Marshalltown, where I slept on a mat on the gym floor. There were at least 50 others sleepng in the building. Next morning, I found a great little coffee shop about a block away, Kinda made sleeping on the floor worthwhile! On Thursday, I decided to stay and took PBV’s bus to Cedar Rapids. How could I leave Porkbelly’s (My favorite charter)?????
There were people in shelters all over. My wife and I spent the night on the floor in a church along with many others. My tall tent bowed to the wind and took on water but it didn’t break (although it now has a certain lean to it). Our canopy turned into a hunk of twisted aluminum. By the time I got to CR our support team had everything dry thanks to the sunny day. Glad you kept going!
most people in our camp had some wet stuff. A few tents tossed around and bikes moved. A few bent poles and one section of a fiberglass pole splintered taking out that one tent (it’s the one behind me hanging some stuff up on a fence in the Registers photo gallery). One person was looking for a helmet that took off, I think she finally found it.
A good storm will generate more memories than just about anything else on RAGBRAI. It would be a boring week without a few hardships. Gotta have something to talk about as we gather around the campfire or line up on the kurb.
Hi Michrider, sorry we didn’t meet! I finished the week and enjoyed PBV. As I pulled into town Wed. afternoon about 3pm, I decided to walk through town and take back way to camp (4th ave). I was crossing street on my bike in a crosswalk and was hit by a truck that was making a left hand turn. I was fine but my bike didn’t fare so well. police hauled me into PBV camp with my bike in his trunk. Awsome PBV mechanics fixed it up so I could finish the week. I shuttled to town to find an ace wrap for my elbow that started to swell and as I’m walking down a side street, an older couple stop and ask if I finished the day and how was my ride on this hot day. told them about accident and asked if they knew where a drug store was. They drove me to Walgreen then insisted on taking me home to their amazing farm house several miles out of town. Air conditioned bedroom with my own bathroom. They took me to breakfast in AM and brought me bake to camp just in time to catch shuttle to next town. Yes, people, I felt guilty as I watched the 10pm news as I ate ice cream and cookies!
I was toasty warm and comfortable camping in my Twin Sisters tarp tent. I had to cinch that baby down low and pound the stakes in all the way but I stayed inside and had no issues the entire storm. I could hear other tents snapping and blowing away in the wind. I’m glad nobody was seriously hurt (as far as I know) and for once I was glad I spent the extra $$ on a true all-weather backpacking tent.
I fell asleep just as the storm hit and woke up after it was over when I finally got phone service again. Just got a minimal amount of water in my tent near the door. The tent was made for maximum ventilation and not for extreme rain but it did well considering all the tents around me that did not.
Our team got in late, but I had the tents already up earlier in the day. We took the shower tent down in fear it would blow away. Good Call. I said it’s going to get windy we better put something heavy in these tents. In one tent we put a five gallon shower bag that didn’t leak and the other, the only thing we had that was heavy enough was a cooler full of ice and drinks.
We had a vehicle and went and got something to eat just before the storm hit. When we got back the tents were ten to 20 feet away and on their side or upside down. They were staked down, but those cheap stakes they give you didn’t do much good.
It was pouring rain. The one tent with the shower bag for weight was on it’s side and was a little wet inside. The other tent with the cooler was, well lets just say the tent became the cooler. We managed to get the tents back upright and settled down. Everything was wet, but at least we had air mattresses and didn’t have to sleep on the wet floor.
When we were driving through town, we saw lots of branches down, but nothing big.
I hate to say it, but I was visiting with a friend in town, and was in their basement. The lights in the house flickered once or twice, but other than that I didn’t even know it was storming outside until I went out later and saw all the branches and leaves on the ground with overturned garbage cans. Then I started getting texts of “are you okay?” and I’m thinking, but of course! What was the problem?
My Coleman Sundowner tent rode it out just fine, even if it was blown almost flat to the ground at times, it always sprung back up again. The tent next to me lost its rainfly in the first gust and just filled with water. It was a team of 3 – 4 women and they were bailing it out when they found a little green frog had taken refuge in the tent and was perched on a pile of wet clothes. I scooped him out of the tent, dropped him, and he started hopping back into the tent. When the frogs are looking for cover you know it’s a bad one.
I know a lot of people were going around before the storm trying to secure loose gear / flys / etc for folks. I was in town and managed to get in just before it started. It was probably the most intense storm I’ve ridden out in a tent.
I was on one of the shuttle busses and just about back to Riverview Park when we heard over the radio that we were supposed to head to shelter. The bus driver seemed baffled, alternately telling folks to stay on the bus or to get off and seek shelter. I think everyone got off. I did, went to my tent, and prepared for the worst. The wind battered it pretty badly but I survivied, despite being close to trees and recalling how one of the few Ragbrai fatalities was caused by a falling limb onto a tent… in a storm… oh cr@p…
After the storm blew over I fell asleep and had the best night’s sleep on the entire ride. I love a thinderstorm to sleep by.
We had several tents with snapped poles. 6 tents went rolling through the park. My tent is a Wenzel Alpine dome. It is a pentagon shape. High winds do not effect it. I was dry and comfortable in my tent during the storm. I atually took a nap. I’ve used the Wenzel pentagon domes for the last 5years. In anticipation to the on coming storm. Our Kybo company placed the Kybo’s in line to the storm front. All the cities placed kybos were blown over. Speaking of the city. Marshalltown was somewhat unorginized. Allot of riders staying at Riverview park were miss directected by an traffic cop to downtown. The information center had little useful information for riders that were miss directed to downtown.