Considering that we ride from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River, I think a better song choice might have been the Jerry Reed song, “Eastbound and Down” (from the original ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ movie). -“BB”-
Kelly PM said, “For the duration of the dinner, I left the forlorn Shen Ling on the sidewalk leaning against the restaurant with the chain dragging the ground. I didn’t know how I would get it road worthy for the last day’s ride. Best guess was find a chain breaker and shorten the chain to make a single speed out of it. No matter. It was sto…[Read more]
“When has RAGBRAI ever taken the shortest, most direct route from overnight to overnight? 🙂 ”
The first half of 1978 (my first RAGBRAI) was pretty much a straight line from Sioux City to Storm Lake to Humboldt to Iowa Falls to Vinton (a true 100-mile day, without the need for those sissy loops). Then we dropped south to Mount Vernon, backtracked…[Read more]
Have we got room/time for one more ‘Soggy Monday’ story?
Too bad, I’m going to tell it anyway!
RAGBRAI IX was going to be my 4th time across Iowa, and after having completed the three previous treks I felt that I was by now an old hand at this and there wasn’t nuthin’ Iowa could throw at me that I couldn’t handle. I’d ridden in rain before and,…[Read more]
I don’t mean to be a tattle-tale, but I know now that when it comes to game shows you must have been a real high roller. Had you decided to play the magnificent marble machine in the video village, or gone on the great treasure hunt instead of turning to cycling it wouldn’t have taken you long to break the bank, and not even Ben Stein’s money…[Read more]
Hot, sweaty, and tired after finishing a metric century last weekend, I pulled up and went into an establishment that serves …. well, let’s call them ‘adult beverages’. The guy behind the bar asked me that I’d been doing. I told him, “Sitting on my butt for the last six hours.” -“BB”-
No, you know you’re a biking addict when you’re not even concerned about not having a significant other to ‘whoop it up with’ on a Friday night because that would just take away from the time you need to get the bicycle ready for that Saturday morning century anyway. -“BB”-
Bicyclist Injured In Dubuque
Dubuque & Tri-State News August 17, 2020
A Dubuque man was injured after he was struck by a car while riding a bicycle Wednesday night. The incident happened at around 6:50 on Asbury Road. A police report says 53 year old Michael Wagner was riding the bike east on Asbury, when a…[Read more]
No, I never got to ride the Oktoberfest 100 … at least not on the day of the event. That is the penalty one must pay for being a member of the club hosting the ride and — depending on which specific year you’re talking about — being either the dude driving the sagwagon, the guy at one of the checkpoints/rest stops, or (in later years…[Read more]
First of all, let me say that I am a verified and certified old fart. My first RAGBRAI was ‘way back in 1978. I was 23 years old and had been ‘seriously’ cycling since 1972. Living in Wisconsin, I had already heard about RAGBRAI as someone had come to one of our club’s fall century rides wearing a T-shirt from SAGBRAI (the ‘Second Annual Great…[Read more]