But then thinking, maybe they owe Perry and Marshalltown a redo.
Missouri Valley (last start 36), Audubon (last stay 34, hot hot hot), Perry (last stay 41 rain out concert), Ames (last stay 37), Marshalltown (last stay 40, also rain out), Montezuma (pass through on 29 and 34), Washington and Muscatine.
For sure south of Hiway 20, probably mostly south of Hiway 30 (Perry-Ames Marshalltown drift 10 miles north for awhile).
The Williamsburg city council is interested. • “The council also empowered council member Bunge to begin an application for Williamsburg to become a host town for RAGBRAI 2015. The council is considering submitting the application to the organization to be considered to be a host town or pass-through town for the event next year.” “The application is due on Aug. 15, 2014.” Camanche City Council wants to be the end town in 2015:
“RAGBRAI – the city sent an application in last year to host the final day of RAGBRAI. Fahlbeck stated it will be a lot of work. He has had good feedback from the community. He would like to see if there is support from the council. Roth has heard a lot of people in favor of hosting the final day. He will check with the school to see if they are still on board for using their grounds for parking.
Moved by Wruck, second by Varner, to authorize Roth to submit an application on behalf of the City to host the final day of RAGBRAI 2015. On roll call – all ayes.
Ending with a ride along the river: Glenwood to Clarinda 55 miles, to Greenfield 67 miles, to Norwalk 49 miles, to Oskaloosa 63 miles, to Mount Pleasant 75 miles, to Muscatine 56 miles, ending in Bettendorf 42 mile. These are minimum mileage between town. Bike routes will be farther.
RIDE RIGHT (The Magic Napkin was not consulted for this route)
The Muscatine Journal reported that the city council would be discussing having Ragbrai in 2015 but I have not found the result of their discussion. So I do not know if a Ragbrai invitation was approved by Muscatine city council. Maybe some day?
I like the idea of riding between two towns along the Mississippi River, one as an overnight town on Friday night and the other as the end town on Saturday. In addition to adding miles to the ride, the overnight town on Friday would certainly reap the economic benefits that they would otherwise miss as an end town. Pass-through towns would also benefit.
There are several city pairs that have been end towns and they know how to organize for our rolling Mardi Gras. These pairs come to mind: Dubuque-Clinton; Clinton-LeClaire; Burlington-Keokuk; Ft. Madison-Burlington; Dubuque-Iowa’s portion of the Quad Cities I’m sure there are other pairs as well.
It’s been said many times by many people that “Money is like manure. If you let it sit around, it starts to stink. It doesn’t do any good unless you spread it around.” Let’s share the wealth that RAGBRAI generates!
SFC – I’d like that south corner to north corner diagonal route. I’d also like north corner to south corner diagonal route. And I’d like an east to west route, maybe once every six or seven years. Mostly the same RAGBRAI we all know and love, but with a twist in the route every so often.