I just e-mailed TJ on this so look for him to please weigh-in on it, pronto. What the counties are doing is absurd. They have no idea what they’re doing. This is all about greed and if allowed to proliferate from county-to-county it will end Ragbrai as we have known it.
The following is not a bona fide recommendation for Ragbrai participant behavior, but rather it is only an observation I have made pertaining to mid-day or afternoon swimming along the route over the 4 Ragbrai’s I have ridden: One should keep an eye out for that special, out-of-the-way park or farm pond swimming hole opportunity during one of the…[Read more]
Feral cats in most any state sport-kill migratory songbirds and pheasants by the hundreds of thousands! Meaning, they do this, not bcuz they are hungry, but for the simple reason that is what they like to do. The State of Wisconsin conducted a study on the subject about 15 years ago. The state estimated feral cats kill approx. 250,000 songbirds…[Read more]
So much figures into this, making it A SCIENCE! Type of bike, age/sex of rider, distance remaining, current weather, impending weather, traffic, terrain, any special need to get to the meeting or overnight town at some particular time, ETC… But ya, riding a recumbent I coast downhill until wind resistance checks my speed, then I pedal just…[Read more]
Something designed to be backpacked and for slightly-cold weather use. That will get you all the warmth u need, if u need it. Most nights you won’t. It should be light weight and compact. I use a dense foam, foldable sleep pad to roll the bag out on. I use a folded sweatshirt or towel for a pillow. Zzzzzzzz!
JP– I would swear ur a newbie hauling all of those clothes! Be resigned to the fact ur going to be partners in GRIME with the rest of us and loving it! For the bike bag I’m sympathetic to whatever anyone would want in their bikebag, however. I don’t skimp there; I would add 100% Deet, sanitizing wipe singles, small first aid kit, compact bike…[Read more]
Vehicle traffic is discouraged (tho, not banned) from using the Ragbrai route. Most drivers comply with the suggestion of using an alternate route when they realize using Ragbrai route will slow them down. Once in awhile some idiot motorist, thinking he’s doing us a favor, will come flying, opposite direction, at speed with his right wheels on the…[Read more]
If you can afford and have a place to store an extra wheelset, then set up the standby set with more appropriate tires for gravel use. I would really shy away from road tires requiring 110 psi and higher. At 125 psi and higher they are just too skid-ish, IMHO. Having an extra wheelset can also come in very handy if you destroy a wheel anywhere…[Read more]
Scott- “The Patch” they r referring to is the Century Loop Patch and it is only handed out on the day they offer the Century Loop. The loop is optional for those not wishing to ride 100 miles but it is mandatory to ride the loop to receive your century (recognition) patch, of course, proving you completed the loop. The patch is handed out by none…[Read more]
If need-be, he (you) can just show up for the ride, stop by the Ragbrai Information Booth and they will be happy to direct/map you to where Team Air Force is stationed at each overnight town. Have a great first Ragbrai!
Being elderly and riding a recumbent and having ridden Ragbrai 4x I’m quite resigned to, and at home, riding in the right lane. At slower speeds I don’t have a lot of wind noise in my ear so I hear all of the funny comments ppl make as they ride by. At a mere 11 mph (like me) you’ll pass HUNDREDS of bikes (but YOU will also be PASSED by THOUSANDS…[Read more]
I’ve lived in Iowa my entire life and I can tell you there is most definitely a BEEN THERE-DONE THAT list of towns that do not wish to have Ragbrai back (their loss). Then you have your capable, yet HAVE NOT-WILL NOT towns, which are few in number, thankfully. I’ve never understood just why it is, in either case, because having Ragbrai roll into…[Read more]
I’ll never forget walking the last mile into Bancroft two years ago because the road was so choked with bicycles. But not a sole grumbled. We so loved coming to your town Mr. Pork Chop on that beautiful Tuesday morning. May ye rest in peace, fellow Iowan.
Your sleeping bag should be fine, Rudy, if you have a tent. Iowa daytime highs in July average 85 deg F., nighttime lows 60 deg F. About every 4 or 5 years we may get a few chilly days, especially if it is combined with rain. For the most part, tho, the weather will hardly differ much from TX or OK for the 3rd week of July. Pretty doggone warm &…[Read more]
KEN- re-read my post; nowhere did I state anyone would be refused treatment, with or without a wristband. I’m saying riding Ragbrai puts you into the unusual & elevated risk circumstance that insurance companies itch for in denying a client coverage. For that reason, alone, I wouldn’t go bandit.