toadhead: I woke up in my own bed on the first day of RAGBRAI….
Same here toadhead, only I know I won’t be able to ride for another seven months. Instead I’ll just drive over to Webster City on Tuesday night and take in the atmosphere…a touch of RAGBRAI at least. Hope things get better for you. cheers.
Amen to that, guys. The doctor gave me sorta-bad news last week. He didn’t exactly come right out and tell me to stop riding, but did strongly suggest that I hold off a bit until we figure out how to best control the fluid buildup in my calves, lose a bit (OK, a lot) of weight, and regain some of my lost leg strength.
Then my car crapped out Saturday, so I guess unless I can quickly figure out what went wrong and get it fixed I won’t even be able to make like kneesie and hang out in one of the overnights.
I guess we would all rather be there than not, but a small consolation….look at the wx. Over 100F forecast for Des Moines for today thru Wednesday. There’s going to be some heat injuries and SAG will be busy! Even the curbs may be too hot to sit on, eh?
Taking vacation today and did ~36 miles early. Now 90F and humid in WI. Went thru 4 water bottles and was out before getting home!!! Brutal.
So, if anyone on the ride is reading this, give us updates.
It’s official….I have given up all hoping of making it for at least a day….
Drove over to Webster City yesterday and it was hotter’n'blazes, TH. Many riders are sagging, many suffering from heat exhaustion, etc., so that’s part of what you’re missing. Didn’t even stick around for Three Dog Night. RAGBRAI-XLI is just around the corner, so put that dude on your calendar and see ya’ in 2013. Cheers.
I didn’t make it this year but I have friends doing it. They text a few messages about the day and during the evening I’m sending weather forecasts for the night and the next day. Using the forecast for each the starting town and ending town they get temps, wind forecasts, raing forecasts, and the timing based on where they might be on the route. Apparently an 18-hour wind forecast isn’t too good on the wind directions. One friend ended up in the hospital last night with chest pains. At this time they cannot confirm a heart attack but he was severely dehydrated. The scoop he heard from nurses is a couple thousand people were treated for dehydration (that seem like a high estimate), the hospitals were getting overwhelmed, and they were transporting people all over. Sounds like several heart attacks too. The people I talked to thought this year might be a little hotter than last year. In addition it sounds like a little more head wind too. I sure remember how warm it was last year and we took our time, rested, and drank lots of water.
hot hot! HOT!!
My plan, with a three day pass, to join up with the RAGBRAI crew by cycling from Coralville to Marshalltown got tossed to the wind on Wednesday. Got as far as Chelsea and bailed out. Had to call the wife to come get me. The heat humidity and wind all conspired against my participation this year. Maybe next year!
Sent from an air conditioned hotel room in Coralville.
Well to all those unable to make the route this year I can provide a couple of details. Yeah, it was stinkin’ hot. I mean melt the tires hot. The combination of Tuesday’s 20mph headwinds and 98 degree temps made it a death march all day. But then to find the next day was 102-105 degrees (depending on exactly you were at the time) with headwinds, but luckily the winds only affected us about 20% of the time compared to Tuesdays 80%.
I honestly questioned my own sanity for going out and riding those days. Both days I logged 88 miles each day.
I rode a 4th of July ride that was 95 degrees and felt like crap the rest of the day. Yet these two days came out feeling fine. And there is one and only one reason for that, the town folks.
In some of those tiny towns like St Anthony’s I got free banana bread, a couple of free ribs, a free root beer float, many free freeze pops, and absolutely too many free bottles of cold water to count. We got doused with hoses many times over. And on Wednesday the final section was 17 miles with no towns. Along that portion of the route we had more people with chairs set up under shade trees, hoses out to hose yourself down and get a cold drink, than I’ve ever seen. One guy took an infrared reading of the asphalt and it was 130 degrees. Some people would stop riding, set the bike down and hear a POP as the inner tube blew up from the heat stress.
I don’t know how we can possible thank all those good samaritans, but they made that day possible and there’s no way to know how many of them kept people out of the hospital. But I also heard the ER’s were overloaded. I am not surprised.
At the concert that Wednesday night with 3 Dog Night playing (it was 10 PM and nice and cooled off by that time) we saw two people pass out just standing there. So this was a RAGBRAI for the ages, at least the first half was.
G-Ron…. As I said, I survived last year’s heat while on a diuretic…. I survived the Harlan storm in 08…. (And was the July 4th ride the Joliet ride???? If I remember, you are from somewhere out that way???? If so, I was there!!!!)
Greg hit the nail on the head…. I would have much rather been there suffering!!!! (Even though I had gotten down to only doing the last two days before giving up altogether, so I would have missed the actual suffering!!!!) A lot of friends were posting to Facebook all week, so I got see all of that…. I had a few friends out there that were RAGBRAI virgins…. After all the talking I had been doing about the ride for the last few years, they were VERY disappointed that I wasn’t there to share the experience with them…. As I was on the bike tonight I was looking at my bike bands…. (YES, they are ALL still there) and thinking that there is now going to be a void FOREVER!!!! I was even contemplating taking them off, since the set will NEVER be complete again….