in between towns and rest stops, and alcohol consumption .

i just watched a million spokes film on ragbrai. and it seemed like a lot of folks did not make the whole ride. they say they rode the whole thing,but the really did not cause they took the sag wagon on several days. i mean i just want to finish the ride without getting hung over and feeling bad.

so if i ride say 100 miles week. And i have a big ride on the weekend will this get me ready. i mean some weeks i do 120 a week. it really seems like those stops help get you rested and makes the ride a lot easier.how much do those rest stops help>,and i could ride all day stopping every 10 to 15 miles.

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SFC JKL 2, November 1, 2017 at 11:27 pm

Think of it as a series of short rides. Take 30-60 minutes to get to the next town and then explore (the biggest rookie mistake is riding too fast). Rest stretch, get something to eat/drink, stretch, take a nap in someone’s front yard, then head off to the next town. It’s a ride not a race.
Drink as much or as little as you want. Keep up with your fluids and electrolytes. You’ll be amazed at how much of a buzzkill riding a bike in summer heat is.
If you’re not used to riding long distance, put a couple 40+ mile days back to back to get used to it. Your butt still needs the saddle time to get toughen up for the week.

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Ken Reed, November 2, 2017 at 8:39 am

SFC JKL2 is EXACTLY right and has excellent advice. I always tell RAGBRAI newbies that if you have a 70 mile day, think of it as 10, 7 mile rides or 7, 10 mile rides.

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prince page, November 2, 2017 at 7:07 pm

awsome ya’ll. i think i will try and have a good time, and not worry about the intangables. i mean i want to have fun and meet good folks!!or
but i want to have a good ride too. i think i will drink maybe 1 or in each town, and when i get to the last town before the over night town , then drink a few more.

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jwsknk, November 3, 2017 at 7:47 am

And watch for the Iowa Craft Beer tents, 2 a day. 1 in the first half and 1 near the end. Some selections differ each day and location. May look like long lines but have your money out and they can get people through quick

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prince page, November 3, 2017 at 6:12 pm

thanks ya’ll i mean i don’t drink a lot anyway, but the doctors told me my beer days are over because of the barley and wheat . i mean it upsets my stomach. i can drink a little wine. this is really a bummer. i do a lot better with gator aid. they say i can’t process the beer anymore. but i may drink a light beer like maybe 1 and then drink 1 at the end. but that will be about it. i think i will stick to a glass of wine. thanks guys.

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Kevin D., December 6, 2017 at 2:23 am

I think you can still enjoy a glass of wine while having a good conversation with some folks.

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