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Tonite's the night! Who is excited?

I will be at home in my warm den with a glass of wine, but watching the livestream intently. I know some folks approach it like they love Ragbrai regardless of the route, so the announcement is no big deal. Other’s have a vested interest because they strongly prefer a long vs short route, or a north vs south route, or they are hoping to pass through their hometown. I am just excited to transition from the vague “I will ride Ragbrai this year.” to specifically and obsessively thinking, planning and researching an actual route.

True confession…I have a big roadmap of Iowa mounted to cork board up on the wall, and a box of push-pins at the ready. Yes, I’m that geeked out today.

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Walter Jones, January 26, 2019 at 10:02 am

You sound like us! We will be “virgins” and know little of Iowa but still are anxious to find out where we will be going. The youngest of our team who is 10 wanted to go to the party and had trouble understanding why we couldn’t just go even though we live in Texas. Her second choice was to have a party here and watch the live stream so that’s our plan.

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Milan Bellile, January 26, 2019 at 2:02 pm

I’m very excited about the announcemen! It’s always fun, regardless of the weather. Since, I am getting “long in the tooth”, not sure how many more I will be able to ride, so I will just take one year at a time. I’ve never had to walk my bike up a hill, yet, and hope I don’t have to this year. I have a writer/author going as my support, so it will be interesting what she writes about. She’s from the south, but she always finds interesting thngs to write about in Iowa. mbbellile@aol.com

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Biggearguy hill, January 26, 2019 at 2:14 pm

Another “Virgin”. I to have been waiting for this day since October like you Jboz. I have a huge map of Iowa to get acquainted with the pass through towns. Unfortunately, i was absolutely caught off guard when a friend ask me did i want to a concert to see Brit Floyd the tribute band on the 26 and i agreed money and plans made. Then it dawn on me the day after that that’s the day of the route announcement for Ragbra. So i will be missing the announcemnt party. When i get home i will find out the routs and map them and google each town……I’m so ready to do Ragbrai…

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Biggearguy hill, January 26, 2019 at 2:16 pm

I to from the South North Carolina Virgin here……

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SFC JKL 2, January 26, 2019 at 3:14 pm

I’ll be watching, and waiting for my trip up North to ride BRR next week.

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reedkennethia, January 26, 2019 at 3:35 pm

This will be my 13th RAGBRAI and the excitement of the route announcement never gets old.

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Jose, January 26, 2019 at 4:29 pm

We are excited. This will be my 30th ride. We will be at the announcement party. My wife and I met on Ragbrai 19 years ago.

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Bruce Atkinson, January 26, 2019 at 5:51 pm

In honor of the announcement, we had pork chop sandwiches for lunch. I’ll be following along with a map.

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LawnchairMan, January 26, 2019 at 6:22 pm

I can’t imagine anyone who has done Ragbrai or who is about to, isn’t interested in learning the route each year. I check it even when I know I can’t come. I’ve done five, not counting the year I crashed and was on crutches for the week. (still enjoyed it!)

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Jboz, January 26, 2019 at 6:39 pm

What always surprises me are the people who will find a reason to complain no matter what the route is. Too many hills, not enough hills, not far enough north, not far enough south, blah blah blah. The people that really drive me crazy are the ones who complain that the route is too short. What’s the issue? Just ride 10 miles past every overnight town, then double back and boom, you just added 140 miles to RAGBRI. Whatever TJ and the crew choose to be our route, it’s going to be awesome!

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kicks9, January 26, 2019 at 7:03 pm

Im on and waiting for the live feed.

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Rich Bell, January 26, 2019 at 7:27 pm

First time for me, watching it all unfold.

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Terry Boomer-Morse, January 26, 2019 at 7:28 pm

Tonight’s the night we’ve been waiting for!

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Anthony Scothorne, January 26, 2019 at 7:40 pm

where can we watch the live stream?

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