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RAGBRAI "Bucket List" for Newbie

So…this is my first RAGBRAI and I am trying to create a “Bucket List” of all the things “I HAVE TO DO” on RAGBRAI. You know, things like: go to the bathroom in a cornfield, meet legends like Michrider and Papa T, eat a pork chop…

WHAT ELSE??? Keeping it “clean”, what else do we “HAVE” to do?

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Zinger, April 8, 2012 at 9:50 am

I would so ride a mechanical bull!! Bummed I missed that one!!


mentor58, April 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

If there is a mechanical bull, water slide, get your picture taken with a mermaid, local dancing, local site, or trapezes swing over a pond…stop. The best times I have had on RAGBRAI were the quirky things.

Why did the Mermaid wear Sea-Shells?
Cuz A-Shells and B-Shells were too small.



Chirpy, April 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm

mentor58: Why did the Mermaid wear Sea-Shells?
Cuz A-Shells and B-Shells were too small.


LOL cute


Sandaltan ., April 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

And D-shells left her with an EMPTY feeling.



Den, April 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Ride right!!!


sunny7, April 9, 2012 at 7:32 am

RAGBRAI is about the people. The food is surely an important part of the experience, but the people are the heart of the ride. Meet as many as you can.
-Stop to rest at a driveway where there are a bunch of people in lawn chairs that AREN’T selling anything. Start a conversation.
-Go into the museum or historic house you ride by and chat with the woman who’s running it. She opened up that day just for riders, you’ll be surprised how many others stop.
-Start up conversations with fellow riders. Try to meet riders from 5 different states each day. Our group once had a guy join us whose only ambition was to get to the overnight town as fast as he could, and then tell us ceaselessly how fast he was, what his cadence was, etc. He’s lucky we let him live. We finally told him we wouldn’t let him in camp the next day unless he could tell us that he’d met people from 10 different states that day and their names. The next day he arrived later than normal (for him) and was all excited about how cool it was meeting people.
-Stop to swim in a pond, river or swimming pool along the route. Talk to the lifeguards. They’ll be talking about the day RAGBRAI came through for years.
-Do as many church suppers as you can. The people there are very nervous about having leftovers, even though you know they’ll sell out.
-When you get to the end town, there will be people lining the road cheering. Wave to them and thank them. That welcome on my first RAGBRAI many moons ago, still makes me smile.

Don’t worry too much about the bucket list. Let RAGBRAI happen for you. You’ll have a great time!


Ken, April 9, 2012 at 8:27 am

Humility moment…Two years ago was my first year using cleats on my shoes. As I approached the first pass thru town I spotted two ladies in lawn chairs near the curb. I figured they would be thrilled that a handsome RAGBRAI rider would stop to chat. I wheeled up and promptly fell over on the grass if front of them (forgetting to release my feet from the pedals). We all had a good laugh and I’m sure neither I nor they will forget that little episode.


eddie_the_ex_cabana_boy, April 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

Pick out a Youth Organization that’s trying to raise some money for a project (Senior Prom, Cheerleader competition or FFA “Future Farmers of America trip”, ect) and make a purchase or a donation.

Our team posed with a “piglet” and made a donation to a local FFA Chapter.

left us laughing and made us feel good inside.


jhelmrich, April 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Stop at the top of the largest hills that you ride up and just look around at the beauty of Iowa.


Iceman, April 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

Take a shower using Pork Belly Ventures “Shower Thingy” at the end of a long, hot ride. Coldest water ever from deep in the ground in Iowa. It could double as a defibrillator!


giantron, April 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

HAHA, love the defibrillator reference!
I remember a shower in an upper Wisconsin ride where they hadn’t turned on the hot water for the season yet. People were just running through, literally, screaming as they went. I think they had tapped into ancient glacier.


Iowa Hawkeyegal, April 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

thangamalang: While you are wrapped up in everything exciing and new .. I know this may be hard to do for you and your newness but. At least once a day as you roll into a small town and see some older residents, on lawn chairs wathcing and wishing … stop by and say, “Hello”.You know that old trees just grow stronger, and wild rivers flow faster everyday, old people just grow lonely, looking for someone to say, “Hello in there alone”.(John Prine)You can make days that will live forever. For me it is the best part of RAGBRAI, just once a day, a few minutes, a bit of chit and chat, a worn and worked life face that smiles at me. After all, these are the ones that laid the foundation for the roads (and kurbs, copy that Michrider) that you will roll over.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this! I am considering getting this put on a shirt!

Thank you for all of the ideas. I know there is much to see and do on RAGBRAI and I can’t wait to experience as much as possible. Hearing you all talk about this stuff gets me so excited for the 471.1 (yikes) mile trip across Iowa! Can’t wait!!! I love hearing your stories/suggestions! This is GREAT!!!


Michrider !!!, April 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Take a shower using Pork Belly Ventures “Shower Thingy” at the end of a long, hot ride. Coldest water ever from deep in the ground in Iowa.It could double as a defibrillator!

Yeah, PBV’s shower thingy is damn cold water, been there, done that!!!!!


petra, April 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I agree that meeting the people — locals and riders alike are a major highlight. Just remember to “stop and smell the roses.” Some of the most memorable moments included two young girls selling all you can drink lemonade. They were trying so hard I stopped. To my surprise not only was it great to chat with them but the lemonade was excellent. Another impromptu moment was at some stop getting to hold a piglet (see my avator.) For a city boy that was aquite an experience. Enjoy the week, be ready for anything.


jwsknk, April 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

and by anything he means anything. 2 years ago coming down hill to the overnight town there was an elephant. I was a little ahead of my friend and her 8 year old daughter. I stopped at the next drive and started backand they stopped a few seconds later. Couple minutes after that we were riding the elephant.


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