The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa

Where At in Council Bluffs?

This is my second year to do RAGBRAI. Last year there was a central location for the charters, the Expo, the vendors, fireworks, and the entertainment. I would like to google the city and get a feel for the location of things. Does anyone know if Council Bluffs will have a park or area that will be the central location for RAGBRAI? If so, where? Address?

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Papa T, March 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Dont know the address, but I’m sure it will be by casinos and the river. They are (rightfully) proud of the Kerry ped/bike bridge just north of the Interstate bridge. Last time they were centered around the arena Just south of the bridge.This is near the casinos. Also near Hooters Restaurant.


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Sandaltan, March 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm

See ya at the Hooters Papa T!!!

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Tony, March 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I’m making an assumption here. In 2009 the Expo was at the Mid-America Center. Camping was in the fields next to it and the Horseshoe Casino. I’ll bet a dollar to a donut we will be camping at the same site.


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jake d, March 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Tony, I see you changed your avatar. Is that your new bike?


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Tony, March 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Yes Jake it is a new bike. After years of “cheep talk” with Charlie Harper about getting an Ordinary. I final had Charlie order one from Greg Barron of Rideable Bicycle Replicas. It is a 48″ Standard Boneshaker. I got it about 10 days ago. While waiting for Greg to build me my bike. I ordered period clothes from Gentleman’s Emporium. The British Pith Helmet is from the Village Hat Shop. It is a real one by the way. I have different shoes. The leather soles are just to slick. I got some rubber sole ones. Much easier to get on/off and pedal. I love this bike. It was a bit intimidating at first. But once you get the getting on/off down. Its a piece of cake to ride. What a view from up there too.


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Sandaltan, April 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

The Council Bluffs web site is up and Tony is correct camping and RV will be at Mid-America Events Center.

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Michrider !!!, April 16, 2013 at 6:47 am

ST, will there be beer in Council Bluffs? Need my liquid carbs! This pic was taken at Hooter’s Family Restaurant, in Council Bluffs, in 2009. Princess Amanda talked me into stopping by!!! It’s a sick world and I’m a happy man!!!


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Cyfan, April 16, 2013 at 7:36 am

Don’t let my wife see that picture, she thinks I go to Hooters for the wings.


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Michrider !!!, April 16, 2013 at 7:41 am

Cyfan, I love Hooter’s wings! and their beer and last but certainly not least, the girls!!!!!


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coloradoshortbus, April 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Mitch, those are my granddaughters! You better have stopped at the hugs and photos. I know who you are and where you sleep.


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Pdiddly, April 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

HOooters sells wings? I didn’t notice they had menus


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SFC JKL2, April 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm

-Tony
Trying to channel your inner Clarence Pickard? I inherited a pith helmet from my grandfather. The tag is ripped off, but the band says Nov 1962 on it. It made a great party hat in college.


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coloradoshortbus, April 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Tony, in the old days, there were no optional century loops. We had to ride a least one century (sometimes two). Today’s riders are wimps!


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Tony, April 17, 2013 at 3:58 am

Shortbus,They ride is what it is. What ever the mileage. If you want centuries every day you can. We have a couple of riders in our group that do that every day on RAGBRAI.

SFC, I got the period clothes to ride in parades and events like Tweed Rides. After doing some research I found out. Bicyclist started wearing pith helmets in the late 1880’s due to all the head injuries. Over the handlebars crashes were common with ordinaries. After 1900 the racers were on safety bikes and wearing leather padded helmets. Which killed the ordinaries off. Most of the ordinaries where scrapped for steel in WWI and WWII. There are less than 5000 original Ordinary bikes left. What surprised me about the pith. Was how comfortable and cool it is. It is very light too.


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ramblingman, April 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

is there a train station near the bluffs?


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