Is it too early to prognosticate the 2018 route?

I don’t think it’s too early. Evidently, the city of Davenport doesn’t either:

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Ken Reed, September 21, 2017 at 7:31 am

I think I meant to say that Hawarden is on a river out west. Oh well. Anyway, I do know that Missouri Valley has applied to host next year and will move their county fair to accommodate.


igor, September 21, 2017 at 11:34 am

This morning before heading into the office the future Mrs. said that she wished RAGBRAI was today so that got me thinking of 2018. So my 2018 version 1.0 route prediction is as follows.



Ken Reed, October 6, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Not sure if this is a clue, but it’s interesting just the same. Logo hint is purple and gold. Another Cedar Falls stop?


CyclingCyclone, October 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm

Loras College in Dubuque colors are purple, and gold too.


Ken Reed, October 11, 2017 at 7:32 am

I did see an article about Tama/Toledo applying. I would have to think we are going to have a middle route that’s mostly north of I-80.


Tim Tysver, October 12, 2017 at 9:09 am

I’m with IGOR on the first 4 but then go with Tama, Cedar Rapids, Maquoketa, and Clinton. Nice mix of larger and smaller host communities.


Ken Reed, October 12, 2017 at 10:20 am

My “Way Too Early” Prediction:
Missouri Valley
Cedar Rapids

Let’s see if this changes at all.


KenH, October 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

Since it appears that the 2018 forum is now open I would say that it is officially NOT to early to prognosticate! Good luck everyone, I believe the logo is released this coming weekend so you can being scouring it for all the “clues” embedded therein….


Ken Reed, October 20, 2017 at 10:03 am

Any first thoughts with looking at the logo?


lm m, October 26, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Mr Rood I like your choice of Bellevue!! :)


T. Gap Woo, October 26, 2017 at 9:54 pm

I’ve dusted off the ever-unreliable crystal ball again and obtained a partial route, based on the eagle logo.

We are riding through Philadelphia!

No that’s not right. Let me check again.

We are due for a central route, as others have suggested. 2015 was a northern-to-central route. 2017 was strictly a northern route and 2016 was strictly a southern route. 2018 will be a central-to-southern route.

The west-to-east axis of the eagle’s wings represent the central I-80 corridor and the eagle’s talons represent the southernmost point of the ride.

The crystal indicates that the western end will be at Missouri Valley and the eastern end will be at Clinton. As a ferroequonologist in my younger days, I’d love to start in a railroad town like MV. As an oenologist in my older years, I’d love to visit the Wide River Winery in Clinton.

The eagle is an American symbol of great import. What native Iowan better symbolizes the spirit of America better than that iconic Hollywood
legend Marion Michael Morrison, whom we all know and love as John “The Duke” Wayne? Therefore, I concur with the crystal’s selection of Winterset as an overnight town.

As for the remaining towns, the crystal has gone dark.

See you along the I-O-Way in 2018.


Amanda, November 8, 2017 at 7:24 pm

A clue? All the motel rooms in SIoux Center are booked for July 21…..


KenH, November 9, 2017 at 7:51 am

Sioux Center? Isn’t that the same place we started from last year, or close enough so as to make no difference?? And yet, as you say, the two I could easily check on line are booked up….


Ken Reed, November 9, 2017 at 7:54 am

Yeah, that’s way too close to OC.


KenH, November 9, 2017 at 10:14 am

Yeah, the Princess may be teasing us. She probably knows it is just a big wedding or something that weekend!


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