Thinking ahead to 2019 …

I’m torn on the 2019 route … I think it’ll be either just south of I-80 (Council Bluffs start) or perhaps a Highway 20 route. Thoughts?

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W Fanning, August 7, 2018 at 9:10 am

Amanda, That’s a great rumor.. I hope they do that.. it be here before you know it…

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CyclingCyclone, August 7, 2018 at 9:28 am

I heard the same rumor about the 50th at Skunk Camp on this year’s ride. I was thinking for the missing day, they could do an optional 50 mile loop around Des Moines. For those who don’t ride it, get a day off in the middle of the week.

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KenH, August 7, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Interesting rumor but didn’t we already do that in 2015? Not the whole route, just the start and end towns, but still….

However if they did do that the first ride ran from Sunday to Friday. Davenport would probably impound all of our team vehicles as they entered town on Friday and close off access to the long term parking lots to force us all to spend the night in town. That would be one way to make us all give the end town some love. Perhaps you would not be allowed to leave town unless you could demonstrate that you had watched their first love, the Bix!

OK, I admit it, while I don’t hate Davenport they are not my favorite RAGBRAI town either.

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jwsknk, August 7, 2018 at 1:08 pm

[quote quote=1294745]Rough milage estimate 450-470
Roughly 66,76,76,76,60,60,40[/quote] apparently couldn’t read my own notes, thought that day one was off.

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groundedsteve, August 7, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Make it long, 500 miles and lots of elevation.

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jelly0317, August 7, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Making RAGBRAI longer and hillier, in my opinion, would only serve to increase the number of participants who feel the need to have their personal support vehicle with them.

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jwsknk, August 7, 2018 at 3:51 pm

[quote quote=1294807]Making RAGBRAI longer and hillier, in my opinion, would only serve to increase the number of participants who feel the need to have their personal support vehicle with them.[/quote] Yep, think they tried that once or twice in the Greene years to cut down on the parties, more team buses and personal cars in meeting town and more just loading up there calling it a day.

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Mike Howe, August 7, 2018 at 4:23 pm

I dont see that being the case. Youll have teams/buses regardless if the route is short or long. People will ride part of the route and call it quits in the meeting town either way.

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Gallagher, August 7, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Wouldn’t you think a Johnston or Waukee will be an overnight one of these years, or even Ankeny, given the way they’re growing?

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Sandaltan ., August 10, 2018 at 7:44 pm

Yes Mizzou, I also vote for Eagle Grove. The guy dressed in a eagle costume in the grove of oak trees as we rode into town a few years ago was terrific, then I think they had people dressed as Mayberry characters. I know they have campaigned for an overnight slot for years. They deserve us.

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mootsman, August 11, 2018 at 12:59 pm

The rotation has seemed to be north, central, south so 2019 should be south.

Amanda, as for the 6 day original route for the 50th edition, I’d suggest to the route people 2 nights in 1 town with a loop route with 2-3 mileage options for the additional day. Maybe the century town being in Minnesota. Like the TdF dips into other countries at times.

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Cory Rood, August 12, 2018 at 7:59 am

I want to end in Dubuque or Bellevue!

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T. Gap Woo, August 12, 2018 at 9:00 am

Mrs Woo and I would love to end in LeClaire. Easy access to I-80 makes the escape out of town simple, whether you’re heading east or west. There are good dipping sites, specifically near the marina and along the levee. The levee and the main road through town, when closed off, provide plenty of space for the after-ride hoohah. The little shops could certainly benefit from the economic boost, especially the wine, candy/popcorn and antique shops. Unlike this year and prior years in Davenport, we would not have to contend with Bix and all of the issues connected with Bix, because Tugfest across the river occurs on the weekend after Ragbrai ends. The riverboat cruise and the Buffalo Bill Cody museum are must-see attractions, as is a trip to Antique Archaeology.

How about it, TJ? Let’s give LeClaire a visit!

See you along the I-O-Way next year!

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tacook, August 12, 2018 at 10:44 am

The 6-day Souix City to Davenport 50th ride would be a good time to do tbe 7th day along the Mississippi

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jake d, August 12, 2018 at 1:53 pm

My guess is the rumor is just that. Not saying they couldn’t do it, but that would probably relegate Williamsburg to being a pass thru town.
The ’73’ route included a 100 miler from DM to Williamsburg, no way TJ goes for that.
Not sure what the mileage for the last day was, but Williamsburg to the Mississippi on I-80 is around 82 miles. On back roads you’re looking closer to 90.

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