What's the 2017 Logo Say About the End Town?

What towns feature river-boat landings? One of those must be the ending town. Dubuque maybe since we’re due for a northern route?

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jwsknk, October 21, 2016 at 8:51 am

I’m thinking Clinton, they have Riverboat Days in July. Also think this may be close to RAGBRAI VI route, mostly north central. But maybe Sargent Bluff instead of Sioux City, about 450 miles 16,500 climb
But whats with Mark Twain in the video?


Toddles, October 21, 2016 at 8:54 am


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Ken Reed, October 21, 2016 at 10:04 am

I’m thinking we are going to end up in either Camanche or Clinton.


trknight, October 21, 2016 at 10:39 am

I think we’re more due for a central Iowa route, perhaps ending in Dubuque or Clinton/Comanche. It could be done with starts anywhere from Seargeants Bluff/Sioux City, Onawa, Missouri Valley or Council Bluffs. Ames is long overdue to be an overnight.


Ken Reed, October 21, 2016 at 10:48 am

The Harrison County Fair, in Missouri Valley, has been moved back a week. Here’s a quote directly from the minutes of the 08/16/16 city council meeting:

“Chamber Director Annette Deakins addressed the Council regarding applying for
RAGBRAI to start in Missouri Valley in 2017. She informed Council the Fair Board has moved the Harrison County Fair back a week to accommodate the July 21 & 22, 2017 dates.”

It’s an overdue start town. The last time was 2008.


trknight, October 21, 2016 at 11:27 am

I took a US Hwy 30 route a on my way home (after RAGBRAI) this year and, driving through Missouri Valley, it looked liked it could benefit economically from being a RAGBRAI start town.


KenH, October 21, 2016 at 1:04 pm

The riverboat in the logo is fairly generic but it has no visible paddle wheels so in that respect it matches the screw driven Twilight out of Le Claire. That’s right in the range for end towns many of you are predicting. Mark Twain certainly does figure prominently in the video. Did he just hitch a ride on the riverboat or is there some Twain related event in one of Iowa’s River towns that he could be hinting at?? The sign on the front of the riverboat is a fairly obvious hint that the ride will be in Iowa this year….

When I first saw the teaser that showed part of a bicycle wheel that was clearly upside down I wondered if this year’s theme was going to extend last year’s “rest” theme to “waiting for the SAG wagon”!


genefruit, October 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Steamboat Bertrand Collection is located in Missouri Valley. Twain lived in Keokuk.


Nico ZZZ, October 21, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Googled and found that Mark Twain lived in Muscatine in 1854 and so did his brother.


T. Gap Woo, October 21, 2016 at 9:54 pm

genefruit: Steamboat Bertrand Collection is located in Missouri Valley. Twain lived in Keokuk.

Genefruit, you hit the nail on the head! Please allow me to expand on the rationale of why you are correct.

The steamboat serves as the indication of both the starting and ending towns. According to my AAA Tour Book (2014 edition, page 100), “The steamboat Bertrand, carrying a $300,000 cargo bound for gold miners and settlers in the Montana Territory, sank here on its maiden voyage in 1865. Archeological artifacts recovered from the ship’s hold are displayed at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge” in Missouri Valley. Page 93 of the same book contains a reference to the George M. VerrityRiverboat Museum in Victory Park in Keokuk and also mentions that Mark Twain, a noted riverboat pilot himself, also “lived and worked briefly in Keokuk.”

Now that we have the starting and ending towns figured out, let the guessing begin about the overnight towns! Have fun with it!

See you along the I-O-Way in July.


Nico ZZZ, October 22, 2016 at 7:04 am

Twain is in a rocking chair: Amana. And for those true rocking chair aficionados: West Amana is “Home of Iowa’s Largest Walnut Rocking Chair.”
Twain is fist bumping an Air Force rider: the Iowa Air National Guard has three major components, located in Sioux City, Des Moines and Fort Dodge.

Reaching, but its Saturday morning coffee time so time to peruse the internets and do The Google.


mootsman, October 22, 2016 at 8:22 am

A northern route fits the RAGBRAI pattern of north, then central followed by south. That pattern does get ignored on RAGBRAI’s the end in a zero like the 40th.

Start town: MV is a good guess for a start but more of a central route start town. Hawarden was rumored to be talking about being a start town.

End town: some of the ones mentioned are too far south for a northern route or too small and have never been the end town before. Clinton was used to end at not that long ago so I’d still guess Dubuque.


genefruit, October 22, 2016 at 10:45 am

The 20 years from now quote at the end of the video might also refer to the route from 20 RAGBRAIs ago, which was
Missouri Valley
Red Oak
Des Moines
Fort Madison

Fort Madison shares the county seat along with Keokuk, of Lee County. Clearly Creston is out due to being an overnight last year. Substitute Greenfield and this becomes a plausible route – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17296720


genefruit, October 22, 2016 at 11:49 am

at the :25 mark of the video, where the pair is holding the tandem up, the lady appears to be wearing a Simpson College cycling jersey. Simpson is located in Indianola. The only time Indianola was an overnight town, it was on the route with Red Oak and Greenfield. While I’d like to think that Keokuk is the end town, I’m leaning toward Dubuque. I also believe the rocking chair graphic of twain is a clue toward Amana.

Missouri Valley
Red Oak



jelly0317, October 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Eight days?


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