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Wheel dip in the Big Souix River?

I find it a bit lame that the ride doesn’t actually start at the western border. Considering starting a bit earlier and dipping my wheel in the Big Souix River in Hawarden. Thoughts? Anyone want to join me?

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W Fanning, February 24, 2017 at 6:47 am

Hi Jesse.. I’m absolutely in.. This is my 1st RAGBRAI, so I feel a little cheated.. I like the idea border to border, not sure if I’m doing a round trip or a shuttle on Saturday, DAY 0, or hoping for a shuttle early Sunday for a a one way trip by adding the 22 miles.. keep me posted..

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genefruit, February 24, 2017 at 6:55 am

I plan on dipping day zero via this route – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18638288

Hawarden dipping discussions are also in this thread – https://ragbrai.com/forums/topic/orange-city-town/

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Brian Wallenburg, February 24, 2017 at 8:50 am

Looks like a great route, I like the idea of an Oak Grove dip! Picturesque roads around that entire area as well.

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SFC JKL 2, February 25, 2017 at 8:46 pm

The start towns are a logistic thing not a “we need be be as far west as possible”. The tire dipping tradition started later and is not a requirement. Many people will make the trip Saturday. Some will get up really early on Sunday. I’ll just say be careful as someone was killed on the way to the tire dip last year.

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Jesse Coe, February 26, 2017 at 2:01 am

a bit random on the getting-killed caution, but…thanks?
Anyhow, logistics reasons or no, I want to actually ride across the entire State. Looking forward to seeing some others there!

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“Bicycle Bill”, February 26, 2017 at 7:43 am

My first full RAGBRAI was in 1978 (RAGBRAI VI), which started in Sioux City.  It did not feature tire-dipping per se but did have an opening ceremony which included a ceremonial water bottle of Missouri River water given to John and Don with instructions to pour it into the Mississippi upon reaching Clinton; a mass start; and a police escort out of town.  I also have a copy (on VHS; someday I’m going to have to find someone to digitize it and transfer it to a DVD or something like that) of an old Iowa Public TV documentary of the 1976 RAGBRAI and while I haven’t looked at it in years, it seems to me that they were making a thing about how some people were tire dipping on each end to symbolize “uniting the rivers” even back then.

So even if it wasn’t a part of the very first RAGBRAI in 1973, the tradition came along within a couple of years afterward.

-“BB”-

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Michrider !!!, February 26, 2017 at 9:57 am

I also have a copy (on VHS; someday I’m going to have to find someone to digitize it and transfer it to a DVD or something like that) of an old Iowa Public TV documentary of the 1976 RAGBRAI and while I haven’t looked at it in years, it seems to me that they were making a thing about how some people were tire dipping on each end to symbolize “uniting the rivers” even back then.
So even if it wasn’t a part of the very first RAGBRAI in 1973, the tradition came along within a couple of years afterward.</blockquote

Beebs, I’m willing to bet that you still have a VHS player LMAO!!!!

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“Bicycle Bill”, February 26, 2017 at 8:11 pm

Of course.  Doesn’t everybody?
Whether theirs works or not is a different story…..

-“BB”-

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Amanda, February 27, 2017 at 8:24 am

If I were riding over to Hawarden from Orange City, I would take K64 (Albany) South out of OC. I would turn right (W) on B58. I would continue riding west on this road. Going thru Maurice continuing until I hit K30. I would turn right (N) on K30 and go thru Ireton. Cross over hiway 10 and conitue north about 3miles then turn left (W) on B40. Take B40 all the way to HiWay 10 S. Then turn left (S) and on into Hawarden. Look for Carr’s landing on the right side (W) of the road. It’s not too far into Hawarden, I think it’s close to the fire station. That will give you access to the Big Sioux River. Then you can back track back to Orange City. It’s a little shorter that going thru Sioux Cnter. Also , when it gets closer to July, check the Orange City RAGBRAI site. They will be putting up directions on a safe route to Hawarden.

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Jesse Coe, February 27, 2017 at 4:03 pm

nice! Thanks, Amanda!!

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T. Gap Woo, February 28, 2017 at 8:01 am

Mrs. Woo and I will be arriving early for Ragbrai this year. We’ll be overnighting in LeMars, so we can visit the Blue Bunny ice cream parlor (again!). Having lived a dozen years in Akron OH, I will ride over to Akron IA and tour the namesake city before dipping my tire in the Missouri River. I’m thinking of two possible routes: Route 3 direct to Akron and back; or, Route 3 to K42 to C16 to Akron and back. Any Iowans familiar with these routes? Which route is safer? Your input is appreciated.

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

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Amanda, February 28, 2017 at 8:23 am

HiWay 3 is notoriously bad! Even cars have problems. I remember seeing bumper stickers that said “Please pray for me, I drive HiWay 3”.

I haven’t ridden from LeMars to Akron but I think I can find you a better route. Also there is a bike shop in LeMars – Bike Central. I can ask them the best route or you can stop in there when you get to LeMars and ask them about the best way.

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T. Gap Woo, February 28, 2017 at 9:13 am

Thanks, Princess Amanda, for the warning! I knew I could count on my brethren and sistern in the RAGBRAI community. I’ll definitely check in with Bike Central. I noticed an error in my original post. Akron is on the Big Sioux, not the Missouri. A ride to the Missouri at Sioux City from LeMars on Route 75 would be an added challenge and a definite safety hazard that I’ll willingly forego.

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

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Groeny82, February 28, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Here you go T. Gap Woo, I only spend about 10 minutes on it during my lunch break so there might be a different (better) route to take that I didn’t see. I tried to keep you off Highway 3 and 75 as much as possible, those will be the two heavily traveled highways. This will give you about a mile of so of Highway 3 just on your way into Akron. You will also have to cross a 4 lane intersection where C38 meets Highway 75 but it shouldn’t be too bad. I’m not from the LeMars area so I don’t know if the route I have drawn out would be a good one or not, maybe these roads are also heavily traveled. Maybe someone from the LeMars area will have some input. Here’s the link. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19272747

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KenH, February 28, 2017 at 2:53 pm

I was in a shop of some kind in the rather blasted looking but potentially recovering downtown Ottumwa last year looking for the obligatory knick knack to show my appreciation to Mrs. Hutchinson for letting me spend another week in Iowa when I happened on a used copy of Karras’ book for sale. I don’t know why they thought anyone would be interested, or rather I don’t know why it was still there by the time I got there. But in the book he claims that in the weeks prior to the start of the second year’s ride he mentioned in a pre-ride announcement in the Register that the ride would start and end with the traditional tire dipping in the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. There was no such tradition, the ride was only one year old in fact and he does not mention any tire dipping in his account of the first year. He just made that up as a gag.

And of course when he rolled into the start town people were dipping their tires in the Missouri and have been ever since! A true border river dipping plan should be part of every ride, without fail. It doesn’t matter that it all started as a joke, it is a hallowed tradition now!

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