RAGBRAI LI Route Announced on Jan. 27!

Day 5 Marshalltown to Cedar Rapids

As far south as we get this year. Through Tama? or will they keep us north of 30?

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jwsknk, March 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Havens, Norway, Watkins& Waldord. All possible. After 20 years who knew I could still find so many new towns.

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jwsknk, March 11, 2012 at 7:01 am

All those will have to air. But Garrison, Vinton and Shellsburg finally get checked off.

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jwsknk, March 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

anyone ride the Old Creamery Trail from Garrison to Vinton? crushed limestone surface?

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Zinger, March 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

It’s been awhile since I’ve been on it, but I think it is still limestone.

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Ragbrai Nation, March 18, 2012 at 2:22 am

jwsknk: All those will have to air. But Garrison, Vinton and Shellsburg finally get checked off.

Check THIS one off: There is a skydive facility at Vinton’s Veteran’s Memorial Airpark (airport) where you could make a tandem skydive. Watch their web site for detail of their possible offering of tandem skydives to Ragbrai riders as they pass through town. The airport is located 3 mi. north of Vinton on IA 150. Never skydived? Just think of the possibilities! http://www.paradiseskydives.com/content/

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Paul, March 18, 2012 at 6:16 am

Tandem skydives?

This has possibilities.

I imagine by that day there might be one or two tandem teams that would pay money to see their bike get pushed out of an airplane.

They are, after all, relationship acceleraters.

See you on the ride!

(Yes, on our tandem)

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Sandaltan ., March 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

“Relationship accelerators” I like that term and it is VERY descriptive of life on a tandem. Thanks Paul.

RIDE RIGHT

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gas gas, March 19, 2012 at 4:41 am

from Paradise Skydives FAQ page :

How long will it take for my first jump?

People making a tandem skydive should plan on spending half a day at the drop zone.

COST :
Well, there’s good news … and even more good news! Paradise Skydives offers the MOST FREEFALL, FOR THE LOWEST COST in Iowa. For just a few bucks more than what other drop zones in Iowa charge for a tandem, a tandem jump at Paradise Skydives will get over 60 seconds of freefall (compare that with a maximum of 31 seconds freefall time at all the other DZ’s in Iowa)! That’s DOUBLE THE FREEFALL TIME for about the same price.

In fact, in terms of price per foot of altitude, PARADISE SKYDIVES OFFERS THE LOWEST COST TANDEM SKYDIVES in the state.

For the most direct price comparison, check these stats out….

Paradise Skydives charges only 1.62¢ per foot of altitude while other DZ’s in Iowa charge 1.75¢ – 2.05¢ per foot. A 13,500′ skydives at one of those other DZ’s could cost $57.75 MORE than the same tandem jump at Paradise Skydives!!!

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Ragbrai Nation, March 19, 2012 at 7:44 am

The drop zone recommends a conservative time allowance for unforseen delays, similar to the airlines recommending you arrive to the airport 1 hr. before your flight.

Walk-ons can arrive, watch a short training video, do a safety scenario, and make the dive within about a couple hours.

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Zinger, March 20, 2012 at 8:57 am

I used to watch the divers there with my boys when they were little. Not me though! No way am I jumping out of a perfectly good plane!!

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jwsknk, March 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

heard it “Counting Crows” for the headliner.

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Sandaltan ., March 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Zinger:
I used to watch the divers there with my boys when they were little. Not me though! No way am I jumping out of a perfectly good plane!!

ME EITHER!! The plane would have to be on fire.

RIDE RIGHT

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Ragbrai Nation, March 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Looking forward to Garrison. I think it was the 70’s last time there.

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“Bicycle Bill”, March 25, 2012 at 1:43 am

Bacchettaman:
Looking forward to Garrison. I think it was the 70′s last time there.

I remember going thru Garrison back in 1978 (the route that day was from Iowa Falls to Vinton); took a little time-out at the Old Creamery Theater. Can’t remember passing through anytime between then and 2000.

-“BB”-

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RoyBoy, March 25, 2012 at 6:58 am

“Bicycle Bill”: I remember going thru Garrison back in 1978 (the route that day was from Iowa Falls to Vinton); took a little time-out at the Old Creamery Theater.Can’t remember passing through anytime between then and 2000.

-”BB”-

FYI – the Old Creamery Theater has moved to Amana.

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