Maquoketa No Longer Hosting in 2021

From the RAGBRAI Maquoketa Facebook page:

After much consideration, and after compiling input from our RAGBRAI Advisory Board, volunteers, County Emergency Management Coordinator, local law enforcement, and local health officials, Maquoketa has made the difficult decision to not host the 2021 RAGBRAI. While we were excited to be chosen as an overnight stop for 2020, we are facing hurdles in 2021 that include a major road construction project impacting a main entryway corridor, and a reduced number of available volunteers as Mauqoketa will be hosting the County Fair that same weekend. Safety is our top priority, and with the construction project underway and additional traffic that RAGBRAI would bring, this was a concern. The improvements will provide easier access and an impressive entryway to our community – and we look forward to hosting RAGBRAI in the future when we are able to put “our best foot forward” for the riders, support crews, charter groups and vendors. We wish you a successful and healthy 2021 RAGBRAI!

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Tim McTaggart, November 19, 2020 at 12:30 pm

I was thinking Dubuque would be a good ending town. It would get the mileage up and there would be some hills. I know some people like to end with a short day but since we missed out in 2020, we need to make up a few miles. Just a thought.

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KenH, November 19, 2020 at 1:40 pm

I doubt that they would dump Clinton as an end town. We have done Anamosa to Clinton before in 2012, my first RAGBRAI. But that would leave us a day short. So you would expect that they have to add an overnight town before or after Anamosa. Taking a cue from last year they could add either Muscatine or Davenport as overnight towns, then ride up the river (sort of) to Clinton on Saturday. They could take a jog from Waterloo to somewhere to Anamosa and then from there to Clinton. The Cedar Rapids/Iowa City/Mount Vernon area is one possibility. Or they could steal an idea from some other big rides and have a loop that starts and ends in one of remaining overnight towns to fill up the week. Or they could add another overnight town anywhere in the week and push the following towns all back one day. I doubt that any town is too tied to their assigned day at this point as to make that a hardship much less an impossibility.

I guess what I am saying is that I see the makings of a guess the route contest here even if we do know most of it by now. There are actually some fairly explicit route maps on the website now, something I only noticed today. But of course to make it interesting RAGBRAI would have to be willing to put the fill in town anywhere in the week and announce that as its official policy in order to make the guessing complexity comparable to other years. I am sure that would open up some interesting route options.

BTW, has anyone else ever noticed that DeWitt is not too far from Clinton? Anyone else know why that might be amusing?

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Mike Murphy, November 19, 2020 at 1:57 pm

I would hope they would leave Clinton as the ending town. Ragbrai commmited to leave the route as is for 2021, losing one town should only require them to replace that stop. Clinton and the other stops should be rewarded for their efforts in securing their spot for 2020.

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T. Gap Woo, November 19, 2020 at 2:14 pm

[quote quote=1324825]BTW, has anyone else ever noticed that DeWitt is not too far from Clinton? Anyone else know why that might be amusing?[/quote]

My two cents worth: add another overnight town on Friday, along the river. Then, we could have an extra day’s river ride into Clinton like Burlington-to-Keokuk two years ago. Can’t beat that with a stick!!

In answer to your question: DeWitt Clinton was a mayor of New York City, US Senator from New York and Governor of New York. He was instrumental in the construction of the Erie Canal (whose towpath makes for a nice bike ride from Buffalo to Albany nowadays!).

See you along the I-O-Way in 2021.

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klkoopman, November 24, 2020 at 2:49 pm

The plot thickens! Follow the below link to the DeWitt city council meeting of 11/16/20 and scroll to the end. Item of discussion #25 addresses the RAGBRAI issue. They are concerned with COVID, of course, but are generally positive to the idea of being an overnight town. One scoop: RAGBRAI will make next year’s ride decision on March 15, 2021.

https://www.cityofdewittiowa.org/vertical/sites/%7B5B1808CB-967B-4B4D-9F3C-428D701BC5B6%7D/uploads/11.16.20.Council.Background.pdf

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Matt, November 25, 2020 at 6:22 am

It’s official! DeWitt will be a first time host town on the next ride. See the article.
https://www.dewittobserver.com/news/local/dewitt-will-host-ragbrai-overnight/article_56b981ca-2e9c-11eb-9208-2b6b5b7a52b3.html

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mootsman, November 30, 2020 at 10:04 am

Matt,
Matt, Good article as it also includes some of the COVID measures being considered by RAGBRAI leadership. Anything to make sure it happens in 2021 is a good thing. They are considering mandatory COVID testing. I’m neither a fan or critic of the measures listed in the article other then the plus side being having RAGBRAI go in 2021.

Also it lays out the route to Clinton as a northern arc through Charlotte and Goose Lake. Still a very short last day which is nice for those needing to travel the same day.

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KenH, December 1, 2020 at 12:25 pm

[quote quote=1324827]

BTW, has anyone else ever noticed that DeWitt is not too far from Clinton? Anyone else know why that might be amusing?

In answer to your question: DeWitt Clinton was a mayor of New York City, US Senator from New York and Governor of New York. He was instrumental in the construction of the Erie Canal (whose towpath makes for a nice bike ride from Buffalo to Albany nowadays!).
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Canals were not used for all that long before railroads began to replace them. An early steam locomotive on the Mohawk and Hudson railroad was named in his honor, it is said, but I have to wonder if it wasn’t also an attempt to tweak his nose a little? The locomotive only lasted about two years, the railroad eventually became part of the New York Central. There seem to have been at least two steamships named in his honor as well so he was a man of some esteem in his time, even if little remembered today. Was it someone’s sense of history and humor that led to a town named DeWitt being founded fairly close to one named Clinton in Iowa?

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T. Gap Woo, December 1, 2020 at 2:03 pm

[quote quote=1325129]Was it someone’s sense of history and humor that led to a town named DeWitt being founded fairly close to one named Clinton in Iowa?[/quote]

My research confirms that the city of DeWitt and the city and county of Clinton were named in honor of DeWitt Clinton, the politician I discussed earlier in this thread.

Apparently, the folks who named both places were enamored of the connection between water transportation and historical figures connected with water transportation.

Did you know that, across the Mississippi River from Clinton, Iowa is the town of Fulton, Illinois, which is named after Robert Fulton, the inventor of the Claremont steamboat? There are towns in Iowa and Illinois named Clermont, but I haven’t found any connection between those names and “Fulton’s Folly” yet.

See you along the I-O-Way in 2021.

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KenH, December 2, 2020 at 11:42 am

I have no memory of noticing Fulton, IL, before and I tend to think that I would remember it if I had noticed it since it plays off the DeWitt and Clinton town names. It makes sense that people living near such an important river used for transportation would honor those who developed the technology that made it so economically successful.

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thehermanator09, December 7, 2020 at 4:23 pm

True, Dewitt to Clinton is a breeze. Flat, unless we take Rural Highway 136, which is very curved with lots of good climbs and decents going into Clinton

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rjjensenia, December 14, 2020 at 6:19 am

Dewitt to Clinton on F14 (Elvira Road) is barely 20 miles. I would guess they Register will add some miles. Mcausland , Low Moor might make the cut. I would love to see the ride pass through Camanche but traffic issues might prevent that as a possibility.

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klkoopman, December 14, 2020 at 9:20 am

The DeWitt newspaper article already stated the exit route out of town will be north on Humeston Road towards Goose Lake. If they wanted a shorter day the route could then take 136 southeast into Clinton. Or, if RAGBRAI wanted to include the original meeting town, the route could head further north into Preston, then east to Miles, then southeast as originally planned into Clinton.

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