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Started 5 months, 2 weeks ago by Ben ThereLatest reply from Danny Edens 5 months, 2 weeks ago
When will each days route come out with the pass-through and meeting towns? Or any local knowledge of day routes?
The email I received stated the complete route with pass thorough towns would be revealed like normal years in mid March.
The “Parkersburg Eclipse News-Review” newspaper is reporting that Parkersburg IA will be the meeting town on Wednesday, July 22 (Iowa Falls to Waterloo day). They are also stating that Ackley and Aplington will be pass though towns, generally following Highway 57. This is very, very similar to the Eldora to Cedar Falls/ UNI day in 2015.
Sounds like Cherokee will be a pass through the first day. Teammate Mark Bundick found this article which also gives a brief behind the scenes glimpse of the planning process in Le Mars.
Yes, the first five days are very similar to 2015 route. While I like to revisit the towns I have fond memories, I also like to see the new towns. Our team driver, the super handy engineer in John Deere, lives in Parkersburg. I guess we’ll have a big party there.
Looking at the map of the route mentioned in the article posted above by Ken, that route as outlined from LeMars to Cherokee doesn’t go through a single town. That would be quite a stretch without a town!
I saw that as well. I wonder if they might be thinking of doing something like they did last year between Winterset and Cummings – basically creating a rest stop in the middle of nowhere.
Thanks to Kim Fickett, Editor for a well-written article “A day full of RAGBRAI planning”. (Link in Ken H’s post). Lots of good info. It’s refreshing to see a reporter stick to reporting the facts, with no opinions or “clever” human-interest angles included.
I can unofficially say with good certainty that the pass through towns will be..
Day 1 Le Mars Fairgrounds (Campground) Cherokee
Day 2 Storm Lake, Lytton, Rockwell City
Day 3 Ft Dodge, Webster City
Day 4 Iowa falls, Parkersburg, Cedar Falls, Exchange park (campground)
Day 5 Waterloo, Brandon, Central City
Day 6 Anamosa, Amber, Oxford Junction, Hale
Day & Maquoketa, Goose Lake 136 into Clinton
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