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Guess the Route 2022

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It does not appear there is going to be a guess the route contest again this year. So, how about we do it here instead? Anyone have any ideas, tips, inside info, good guesses, Dieter sightings, etc, etc?
My best guess thus far is an extreme North route, kind of hugging the MN border. Maybe a start in Rock Valley and end in Lansing? Throw in a couple of Lake towns and Mason City in the mix along with a stop at the new Decorah brewery and you would have a nice northern route zig zagging around Hwy 9. What say the rest of you and your crystal balls!
Anybody guesses them all right and I’ll buy you and your team a round at the start town.

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HelenP, January 30, 2022 at 5:54 am

Denton, you can check https://ragbrai.com/charters/ but you’ll probably need to link up with some out of state team/group that has spare room in their bus/van/schoolbus/whatever. You’ll have better luck with that by reposting in a brand new topic, so it’s more visible.


HelenP, January 30, 2022 at 6:02 am

Thank you for running the fun contest, Uncle Kraig! :-D

Of course, the actual route will depend upon the enticing roadside vendors and attractions we find, so your individual mileage may vary!

Also, did you notice? The century looks to be a fast one this year, weather willing.


Amanda, January 30, 2022 at 1:07 pm

HelenP- now that the dust has settled on the route, let me quickly answer your question -Is this a race where only the faster people matter, or more of a fun ride for everyone, hmm? IT IS NOT A RACE! The r in RAGBRAI means ride – Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. If you race through the day, you will miss everything. It’s a ride at your own pace type ride. Purely for fun. No ribbons at the end, not even participation ribbons! You get the joy of knowing you can ride your bike across Iowa. And that is quite a bit!

This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Amanda. Reason: mispelling


HelenP, January 30, 2022 at 1:38 pm



UserFive, January 30, 2022 at 2:51 pm

You got two of the cities right it looks like! Bravo!


czysk, February 3, 2022 at 8:14 pm

Does anyone think the Saturday route will go thru Harpers Ferry and the hills along the river to Lansing again?

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T. Gap Woo, February 4, 2022 at 8:50 am

Copied from my post on another thread:

Ahhhh, Lansing! I have several memories of Lansing from 2017.

– I met up with several members of Team Fungus and inquired the whereabouts of Princess Amanda. I hoped to meet this royal Ragbrai icon. Unfortunately, well, you know the rest of that story. Glad your ok, Princess.

– There we’re three nasty hills between Harper’s Ferry and Lansing. It seemed that each uphill was worse than the last one. Fortunately, for every uphill there is a downhill, so things evened out.

– At the side of one hill, there was a series of signs inviting riders to visit with one of the local citizens and help her celebrate her 90th-something birthday. At the top of the hill, there was a group of EZ-Up tents, offering shade and water. Sitting under one of the tents was the sweetest little lady, who was the birthday guest of honor. She was the epitome of “Iowa nice” as she greeted all riders and chatted with us all. She shared stories and kept us all in stitches as she entertained us. I don’t know who had a better time – that sweet lady or us grungy riders! I hope the good Lord blesses us with her presence again this year.

– The traffic getting out of Lansing was horrible. Who’d a thunk that you’d have to go into Wisconsin and go downriver to get back into Iowa? Let’s hope there is a better “escape route” this year. Regardless, Mrs Woo and I intend to circle back to Waukon and visit the Empty Nest Winery and resupply our wine cellar!

See you along the I-O-Way in July


HelenP, February 4, 2022 at 9:51 am

Were the bikes in a traffic jam, too, trying to escape, or just the motor vehicles? Maybe dispersing the parking/pickup areas more widely would help.


czysk, February 4, 2022 at 11:17 am

The bicycle route in town blocked access to the road to the bridge. Some people were lucky enough to use a driveway to the bridge road but was later blocked off. We went to LaCrosse thru Minnesota
to cross the river to get home


hnschipper, February 4, 2022 at 11:28 am

Our team met at a campground on the west side of Lansing, where our charter bus picked us up. After our tire dip, we had to ride to the campground (bus couldn’t get anywhere close to the river) – it was probably a 2 or 3 mile ride to get out there. Not too terrible.


Rob Fuller, February 4, 2022 at 5:41 pm

What’s up with Day 3 Pocahantas to Emmetsburg? Looks really short (27 miles as the crow flies) or might there be a unique route in the works?


cannontandem, February 5, 2022 at 9:32 am

According to a column in the 1-30-22 paper that 3rd day is 56 miles with 697 feet of climb but may change with the final route. It should be the easiest of the week pending the weather.


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