WAKE UP OUT THERE!

2013 is over! Time to speculate about 2014!

HERE IS THE 2014 ROUTE:

Le Mars
Sibley
Emmetsburg
Forest City
Osage
Decorah
West Union
Guttenberg

60 Replies

Sandaltan ., August 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Beebs is correct, Chuck has never biked a day of RAGBRAI. They know this even in Dedham, Iowa.

RIDE RIGHT

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Iceman, August 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm

I’ll settle for my northern route – DMR is pretty conservative about their routes. But I’d really like something a bit more radical – at least by prior RAGBRAI route standards.

Let’s go east to west.

Let’s go from Hamburg to Lansing.

Let’s go from Rock Rapids to Keokuk.

Come on TJ, shake it up some.

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“Bicycle Bill”, August 29, 2013 at 3:02 am

You can ask for new, small towns for your start/end points all you want but you need to remember one thing … RAGBRAI is roughly 15000 people and assorted hangers-on traveling across Iowa.  This is comparable to the entire community of Indianola or Newton deciding to pay a visit.  Add to that the number of additional people coming into an end or start town to drop off/pick up people and you begin to see that there just ain’t enough room for ’em all in Lansing or Marquette/McGregor.

-“BB”-

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Amanda, August 29, 2013 at 7:33 am

I can’t get the quote button to work so
Shelac528 said ” I vote for Hawarden as we have friends there who we have not seen in years! I like the idea of a northern ride!”

I totally agree! I have done 15 RAGBRAIs and never have started in Hawarden so I think we should start there too!

Who are your friends, Shelac? I grew up in Hawarden and my brother and my son both live in Hawarden. And of course lots of friends are still there.

TJ – please try to make this happen. You know I am not getting any younger. Don’t make me use my Princess status…

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SFC JKL 2, August 29, 2013 at 7:36 am

As long as we are putting out our wish list, how about a true century day (not just the loop) and a river run for the last day. Something like Guttenberg to Dubuque.

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Michrider !!!, August 29, 2013 at 8:03 am

Amanda: TJ – please try to make this happen. You know I am not getting any younger. Don’t make me use my Princess status…

Amanda, since when have you had a problem pulling out your “Princess Card”, LOL?!?!?!?

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shelac528, August 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Amanda your correct the quote button is not working. Friends are John and Lynn Eilts. I think John grew up there……

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Michrider !!!, September 1, 2013 at 6:12 am

Forum is kinda slow these days!

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matt Pelzer, September 1, 2013 at 11:48 am

I been going over all the places ragbrai has starting and ended thoughout history as well as the overnight towns and l think it will start at Onawa. Here are my reasons: ragbrai has not started in Onawa since 2004, and it is more centrally located in Iowa and l can drive there. What are your thoughts?

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Michrider !!!, September 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

mattpiii: I been going over all the places ragbrai has starting and ended thoughout history as well as the overnight towns and l think it will start at Onawa. Here are my reasons: ragbrai has not started in Onawa since 2004, and it is more centrally located in Iowa and l can drive there. What are your thoughts?

Yeah, I can also drive to Onawa. It will just take me longer from down here in Kentucky!!!!!

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Amanda, September 3, 2013 at 7:45 am

shelac528: Amanda your correct the quote button is not working. Friends are John and Lynn Eilts. I think John grew up there……

John is a friend of mine, too! We hung out in the late 70’s. What a hoot! He was a fun guy. Don’t know Lynn. Haven’t seen him in awhile.

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Iceman, September 3, 2013 at 8:59 am

mattpii – we want to stay away from the I-80 corridor for at least one or two years. That’s why we are all hoping for a far-north start & finish. I’ve all but written of their going to a far south start & finish.

So, I hope we start in Rock Rapids but I’m guessing Le Mars.

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Sandaltan ., September 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

I have Estherville on my “wannabe” list. Now that would really be north. Maybe Forest City while we are up there…gotta find that Magic Napkin.

RIDE RIGHT

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Michrider !!!, September 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

I like Rock Rapids for the 2014 Start!!!!

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Iceman, September 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

http://qctimes.com/news/local/q-c-area-begins-rolling-for-ragbrai/article_33301a8e-5ffa-5537-833a-4bb6a3d9e66f.html

The above article worries me somewhat from the standpoint that I think the DMR may feel the same way as LeClaire did – which is, only a “strategically located” city is proper for acting as the end city for RAGBRAI. If that train of thought is held by DMR, they we can expect mainly I-80 corridor route selections from the DMR.

Start sending emails to TJ. Far north. Far north.

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