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Reply To: Advantages/disadvantages to starting or ending early or late

Fox Mulder, March 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm

It just depends on the individual rider. The first couple of years that I rode, I knew nothing about Ragbrai other than what I read on these forums. I was worried about the heat so I was up every morning at the buttcrack of dawn and on the road by 6:30. I rode hard and was generally done by noon. Seemed like the right thing to do at the time…..and maybe it is for some people.

My third year on Ragbrai I join a team of near do wells with a really ugly bus and discovered a whole new side of Ragbrai. The last five years, I generally get up about 8:00 and try to be on the road by 10:00. I have found that I really dont like riding shoulder to shoulder in a crowd but instead just tooling along at my own pace. Sometimes fast and sometimes not so fast. I generally try to get in before dark these days if possible (sometimes it’s not). There are things to do early and things to do late. My friends all ride later so I ride later also. Early people seem to be more of a “Tyep-A” personality and later riders are anywhere from “Type-B” to “stick a fork in him to see if he’s alive”…..pretty laid back.

This year will be my wife’s (Type-A) first year on Ragbrai and she is not a big fan of heat so I imagine that I will be back on the early schedule and meeting up with my team as they come straggling into camp long after the cows come in. My beer gardens and street dances will be replaced with sight seeing and antique stores (sigh :P). I’m sure that I will be on a rigid schedule also but for her Ill gladly avoid the “Fringe Element” for the 3 days that she rides. Love is a powerful thing.

Do what works for you. Ride early a couple of days and ride late a couple of days. The experience is vastly different. Find out what works for you

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