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!