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, November 9, 2017 at 10:26 am

I should hope so. Not that I wouldn’t enjoy going up north again, it’s just I’d like to mix it up a bit. Variety is the spice of life. :)


Amanda, November 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm

All I know is when my daughter-in-law-to-be called to reserve a block of rooms for that night, they told her both hotels were already booked. :)


jelly0317, November 9, 2017 at 6:17 pm

That happens every year. People make reservations across the state, then cancel if the ride doesn’t stay in a particular city. I’ll bet that Onawa and Missouri Valley, among others, are sold out, as well.


Evin Thompson, November 9, 2017 at 8:15 pm

You dare question the wisdom and divine providence of the Princess of RAGRAI? A Sioux Center Start going diagonal across the great state of Iowa with a finish in somewhere in the southeast corner, that is the route. This is the year that TJ is going to make it a long ride as payback for the short rides over the last few years.

And Jelly0317, instead of hypothesizing check the facts like the Princess did.

Just saying……….


T. Gap Woo, November 9, 2017 at 9:07 pm

“All I know is when my daughter-in-law-to-be called to reserve a block of rooms for that night, they told her both hotels were already booked.”

Congratulations on adding a daughter-in-law to your royal court! Does this mean you will soon be known as “Queen Amanda”?

I hope your leg has healed after your Lansing mishap.

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


Amanda, November 10, 2017 at 9:51 am

Thanks T. Gap Woo! Yes, I am soooo excited to have a daughter-in-law. She is the best! So when they asked me if the wedding could be on July 21, of course I said yes I will probably miss the first day of RAGBRAI but will be in the Sunday overnight town ready to ride the rest of the week. BUT if the ride actually would start in Sioux Center (TJ could trick us all) they might move the wedding date. This will be my 20th RAGBRAI and I’ll be 60 so I have to go!

My leg/ankle has healed quite nicely. My surgeon said I did it good with 3 breaks. I thought there were only 2. Today, it does hurt like heck – the temperature was 17 this morning. It might not like cold. I will be more than ready to ride by July!

And I will stay in the Princess status. Less stress and more fun than a Queen!

Thanks for the backup, ethompson. But maybe the Princess likes to stir the rumor pot!! LOL
You never know if I am telling fact or fiction.


Luv 2 Ski, November 10, 2017 at 10:09 am

If you look at the logo the Eagles mouth is at a diagonal. That could be a clue of the routes general direction. So a Sioux City to Clinton would fit with some bigger cities along the way. Also more of a middle of the state route.


T. Gap Woo, November 10, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Princess Amanda,

? You can’t be 60! You don’t look a day over 39 and are still a youngster. Take it from someone who will celebrate the Silver Anniversary of his 39th birthday four days after registration opens next week. I always thought the opening of registration was an early birthday present from DMR, but I guess not. ?

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


KenH, November 10, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Yes, the mouth of the eagle is tilted and the shadow of the eagle on the aerial view of riders on the route is also tilted in the same direction. Sioux Center to Keokuk! I’d like that!!


T. Gap Woo, November 12, 2017 at 9:10 pm

Greetings, Bob Kidd!

Your route looks good, conceptually, but seems a bit short per the mileage listed on FB. I don’t know if that mileage of 398 is interstate and main highway miles or Ragbrai county road miles. DMR will probably shoot for 425+ miles, just to keep things interesting, perhaps ending in Keokuk instead of your proposed ending town.

If LeMars is on the route, I’m definitely stopping at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream parlor. If we even come close (like within 50 miles), Mrs Woo and I will find a way to visit. Besides enjoying the ice cream, the 5 Woo grandchildren need larger sizes of Blue Bunny T-shirts.

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


Tim McTaggart, November 13, 2017 at 5:38 am

I suggested this a few years ago and maybe the eagle is the hint. Could this be the first year to do an overnight at a Mississippi River town? Arrive at the Mississippi on Friday and then Saturday follow the river to the ending town. How does this sound: Friday night in Dubuque then ride to Gutenberg on Saturday? We know eagles like to hang out by the rivers.


Bob Kidd, November 13, 2017 at 5:59 pm

Mr. Woo thanks for the greetings. I was playing with Google maps trying to hit small towns for the most part. I agree it seems short to me also. Last year was my first RAGBRAI and now I have the bug. Wish I had started years ago I just turned 60 six days ago. But the numbers I saw puts me in the largest age group. LOL


jake d, November 14, 2017 at 6:38 pm

Bob Kidd
My first RAGBRAI was Sioux Center to Burlington. It was a rather circuitous 495 mile route. They can always find miles to add. TJ has trended toward shorter routes, so I would say split the difference and your in the ballpark.


Melissa R, November 19, 2017 at 9:41 pm

The eagle logo has me banking on Keokuk as the last stop.


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