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http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f75/jwsknk/MAP_zpsjlqe7vme.jpg 33 Ragbrai towns, red are overnight, blue pass through. see the gaps. Allamakee County. How about Waukon as an overnight” obviously, I have forgotten how to post photos :-)

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rjjensenia, October 29, 2015 at 5:09 pm

I began my first ragbrai in Hawarden in 1975. I love that little town!!


“Bicycle Bill”, October 30, 2015 at 2:13 am

I remember one year — I think it was 1996 — when we started from Sioux Center and passed through Orange City as the first town out on Sunday AM.  Orange City had little or nothing open for us — I think they handed out free oranges and that was about it.  I learned later that this was because that area had originally been settled by members of various Dutch Reformed religious groups and their influence on the community, which extended to the concept that conducting business of any kind on Sunday was the next thing to a sin, was still strong.  I don’t know if that has tempered any over the past twenty years; maybe not, and that’s why we’ve not been back.



Michrider !!!, October 30, 2015 at 8:17 am

Beebs, on RAGBRAI XL, we once again started in Sioux Center, passed through Leeds, Orange City and Alton. These towns all had good service on Sunday. I had a great breakfast in Alton. Then, I went downtown in Alton and drank a beer with Princess Amanda, at a local bar. It was the start of a good RAGBRAI day!


trknight, October 30, 2015 at 10:02 pm

We’re overdue for a southern route with some great Iowa rollers. Also, for some of the “suggestions” on a “rest day” with a 2 night stay with an optional out and back, I hope not. I think it would take away from the tradition and charm of RAGBRAI. Those seem to work okay on week long rides with a lot less people that loop back to the start city. Spreading the wealth around to as many communities as possible is one of the great things with RAGBRAI.


Iceman, November 2, 2015 at 10:03 am

If the 2016 logo (as set forth on the RAGBRAI website) is “It’s time to take a break”, then having a rest day with two nights camping in the same town fits perfectly. Makes perfect sense.


CyclingCyclone, December 15, 2015 at 11:10 am

I wonder if there will be a “Guess the Route” contest? Here’s my route.
Guthrie Center
Grundy Center
About 460 miles or so.


dalen45, December 21, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Anyone have any inside info for guess the route?
I think Missouri Valley could be the start town.


Michrider !!!, December 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

dalen45: Anyone have any inside info for guess the route?
I think Missouri Valley could be the start town.

The word I receiver, from an insider, is Hawarden as the start town!!!!


Van, December 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm

I’m hoping it’s Glenwood. Hawarden adds 60+ miles to my ride from Boulder. :-/


John Arnold, December 23, 2015 at 11:21 am

I heard from a friend, who knows this guy who has a cousin who heard from one of his friends that someone on the Winterset City Council, or someone who has something to do with the City of Winterset, was contacted about being a pass-through or an overnight town.


igor, December 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Thanks John for the information. I love reading stuff like this here!


rjjensenia, December 23, 2015 at 3:58 pm

That is good news. My next door neighbor’s friend has a sister who’s baby sitter’s mom’s cousin is married to the step brother of the mayor of Denison’s uncle. So I have it on good authority Denison will be an over night town.


Davy Sprocket, December 23, 2015 at 11:34 pm

I don’t think I have ever made this guess before, but I think the route will go to the deep south. Right along the Missouri border. Look for Bedford, Lamoni or Leon, Ottumwa, etc.



Ken Reed, January 4, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Okay, so based on the premise that the route will look like a hammock (which I think is a legit hint) here is my guess:

3)Rockwell City


Ken Reed, January 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm

I would love a southern route as well but from what I have heard, towns large enough to accommodate RAGBRAI are getting few and far between in the south.


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