What prevents you from riding RAGBRAI every year?

OK, fully understanding that the forum is kind of dead now especially as we head into cold weather and the holidays. So this might be a slow topic and the only readers here now are super avid RAGBRAI’ers…but:

For those who are able to ride it every year, I envy you, but unfortunately not everyone can pull that off. For those of us who are NOT able to ride RAGBRAI every year, what is it that prevents you from doing so?

Is it work commitments, family commitments, the money, don’t always get around to the necessary training? Or is riding RAGBRAI every once in a while perfectly fine with you?

For me, it’s just that I have limited vacation in the summer, and my wife starts to resent it when I expect to take a full week for it every July. Can’t convince her to ride it with me (hates heat and crowds, LOL) so to keep the peace and to be fair to her, I only ride it every other year or so.

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Scott, October 15, 2019 at 7:36 pm

You’re one smart cookie Daryl

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“Bicycle Bill”, October 15, 2019 at 7:50 pm

Another link that seems to be working to get to the original forum (so far) is https://ragbrai.com/temp-forum

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RDaryl Daryl, October 16, 2019 at 1:57 pm

Make it double stuff Oreo !!!
I recall it as Greenies favorite. . . . . .

This reply was modified 1 year ago by RDaryl Daryl.

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statrixbob, October 16, 2019 at 5:54 pm

I live in Hawaii. 🙂 While I’ve now ridden RAGBRAI four times, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2019, it’s just too expensive to fly to Iowa every summer when I have other places to visit as well. If I lived anywhere closer…well…who knows?

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scottonbike, October 16, 2019 at 6:36 pm

I fell over dead playing sand volleyball in the middle of June. I only had 6 weeks to recover and my ribs hurt too much from the CPR.

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TracyCats, October 17, 2019 at 8:54 am

well this year I couldn’t ride because I slipped and broke my collarbone a week before Ragbrai… I hope to ride again next year.. just a little hard this time because my best friend passed away a month after 2019 ragbrai trip… sigh.

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Tony, October 17, 2019 at 1:56 pm

Heart Attack. Afterwards I was scared to get back on the bike to exert myself. Dumb move. I gained 80 pounds. Anyhoooo I need to just knock the dust off the bikes and start riding again.

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