I am signed up for IR. This would have been my 22nd RAGBRAI. I am not on this forum to cause trouble. FYI. I have many friends that I see on the ride that I met on the forum. I am not going to try to convince anyone which ride to do. It’s up to each of us to go with the ride that your heart tells you to do.
No link. I emailed them and asked if the route would be announced on my birthday. They said it will be announced the last two weeks of November. Maybe vague but it helps with the excitement of the anticipated announcement. RAGBRAI used to do that before the announcement party. And at the announcement party, they say the route will be announced at…[Read more]
I have ridden every year since 1999. I have a great job with plenty of PTO. I am blessed to have a husband who is very supportive with my training and my week away. He says it’s his stay vacation from me!! I am sure some year I will have to bow out but until then…
I personally thought it was the hilliest and hardest RAGBRAI. But then my wonderful cousin reminded me that I did not train enough. He said the riding I did was more of a leisure ride than full blown training. I guess I would have to agree. This was my 21st RAGBRAI – you would think I would know a southern route means hills and I should train. Oh…[Read more]
Bring energy/protein bars. You won’t find any breakfasts (usually) that close to your tent. Plus you need to pack up your stuff and tent and get it on your support truck before you can find breakfast. I always bring energy bars along. My current go to are Quest bars
Sheets and blanket for me. And something warm to sleep in if needed. That takes up less room. Don’t forget the warm socks! You probably won’t need much the first few nights but then it will rain and get cool at night the rest of the week.
I have 100 miles in! Low, maybe, but I saw on my facebook memories that I had 25 miles in on May 22 2013.The route was similiar with overnight in Council Bluffs and Fairfield. Of course I was 6 years younger but I am also 6 years wiser! The weather in NW Iowa has not cooperated for me. Hopefully, I will get my minimum of 500 in before RAGBRAI starts!
I usually take a twin size air mattress and our club had a pump that was powered by the lighter in the vehicle. Last few years, I took a double decker twin mattress with a built in pump. I just had to plug it into electricity to blow it up. And to let the air out the next day. This year I have a small Coleman cot. We will see how that works. I…[Read more]
We started to stay overnight in the in town about three years ago. It does make driving home the next day more relaxing. We live in Northwest Iowa so it’s quite a jaunt. Two years ago though, I broke my ankle in the end town after we had dipped our tires and we were just hanging out. I hope we don’t have a repeat of that ever again!