I have a small team and we have a converted bus that we are looking to park at the overnight towns . It is registered with Ragbrai and everything . Any tips on ensuring that we also have a place to lay our heads ? What are some good places to reach out to beforehand in order to find spots to park and what not ? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated .
At this point, all spots you can get a reservation for are pretty much taken. Are you sleeping in the bus or in tents around the bus? I have seen many buses and trailers parked on the street next to a park. Tents get set up in the park close to the bus. Most RVs end up in parking lots of one type or another.
That is helpful information to know . I have filled in applications but still haven’t heard back from any of the towns yet so I am getting a bit worried .
If you applied for hosts, many towns may still be working on that, so you might still get something.
I agree but I still would like a plan B if that makes sense . This is our first year doing this so I don’t know what to really expect . Are buses allowed to park in the camping areas ?
There is usually a designated RV camping area.
Patience. This is year 11 of using hosts. We have yet to have a single town not get back to us with a place to park. The latest we have ever heard has been 4 days prior to ride start. You will hear back assuming you filled out the forms and paid the respective fees for each town.
It depends on the town and campground. I think proper RAGBRAI Team buses might have a better chance to park in the tent only campground than a traditional RV does. I have seen buses at the RV places. I have seen lots of them in driveways and parked next to parks, campgrounds and every other random place you can think of. If you make no plans, and get no hosts and just show up everyday at the overnight town, you will find a place.
parks are often reserved for larger teams too. If another group is there ask if you can share their space. Someone there should have a pretty good idea of how many are still out and how much space will be left. Usually a driver if one is around.