Yes…it is what I am thinking as well. The logistics of this is somewhat complicated. I am an international school teacher and in the USA for a only few weeks in the summer (we leave for my next gig in mid-August). Home is southwest New Mexico, so it is a long way to Iowa (1400 miles).
It would be nice to have a bailout plan, but my wife has…[Read more]
I am planning my second RAGBRAI. I did my first last year and I did it solo. I used Brancel which turned out to be perfect for me. I’ll probably use them again.
This year my son wants to join me. I am a new-old dad at 57 and my son will be 7 1/2 in July. If we do this, he will be on a Trek Superfly 20, which is a 20 lbs. mountain bike. I will…[Read more]
I rode it solo last year. I’d been wanting to RAGBRAI since the early 80s and finally did it. No worries doing it solo. I signed on with Brancel Bicycle Charters and they did all the logistics, so I just rode my bike, enjoyed the scenery, and met people. I liked being solo because I rode my own pace, my own ride. When I reached camp, my pack and…[Read more]
I got to my car, got out of my bike gear, put my bike inside the car, then headed up to Lanesboro, MN to hangout with a friend for a couple of days before heading back south and west to New Mexico. Lansing seemed fairly quiet…
Last year was also my first RAGBRAI. It had been on my bucket list since the early 1980s. I was not disappointed.
I was a solo rider and will be again. I parked my car at the end, joined a charter service and took their shuttle to the start. The charter made it easy. No worries, just enjoy the ride. Signs guide you to the camp sites.
Riding solo…[Read more]
@Mike: It is just a cheap Kelty I got at a Dick’s Sporting Goods on my way to Iowa last year. Paid $99, just saw it now on their website for $89. On my road trip I discovered my 25-year old Sierra Designs Flashlite was a bit more worn out than I realized. The shock-cord in the poles was all stretched, lots of battle scars like a melted spot from a…[Read more]
Same as Im m. Plus very basic toiletries, summer weight sleeping bag, Kelty 2-person tent, Thermarest. I also include my (base model) Kindle in my pack (can last a week without a charge). All fits in a small backpack.
I drank my last beer in Sept. 2015 (also for health reasons). I rode my first RAGBRAI last year and had a great time riding without beer. I did walk into a bar in West Bend to use an ATM and it was rowdy and fun sounding! So tempting to stay, but I walked out. :-)
2017 was my first RAGBRAI and I also did it solo. One of the most amazing cycling experiences I have had! Definitely hooked now! Was trying to describe the experience to a friend today and he just kind of smiled. I don’t care what the route will be, I just want to be there.
2017 was my first RAGBRAI and I did it on a custom Coconino full rigid mountain bike (2 weeks before RAGBRAI, I had did the Downieville (CA) Downhill (a 17 mile single track with a 5000 vertical drop) on the same bike and same configuration except I used a frame pack for RAGBRAI). The only real discomfort came on Day 1; just not enough saddle…[Read more]
This being my first RAGBRAI and riding solo, I learned a lot, either by other people telling me the traditions, or just spotting them myself like the Farm Kids breakfast stop and learning then it was a must do for a complete RAGBRAI experience.
My first time to Iowa and failed to eat a tenderloin sandwich. I didn’t learn it was an Iowa-thing…[Read more]
My first RAGBRAI. I’ve been a cyclist for a long time. I’ve done long distance tours both by road bike and by mountain bike, raced both road and mountain, done gran fondos and centuries, but never have experienced anything quite like RAGBRAI. There were a few times I got barked at, mainly for my squirrellyness. At least once, on a righthand turn,…[Read more]