Overall I didn’t find the roads to be too bad this year, of course they’ll always be a few section that can become an annoyance after a while. Those tracks at Mystic were quite rough though! I was well aware that I was fast approaching those tracks at the bottom of the hill but after observing other riders ahead of me fly across them apparently…[Read more]
I don’t think hero is the term I’d use. I live in north Missouri and it is quite wet here as well but being retired I’m able to ride most of the dry times. I’ve currently rode 2055 miles this year, but am mostly training for another cycling event. By the time I finish the cross country race I’m training for and ride to Council Bluffs I should…[Read more]
I rode the Wabash Trace last Spring on 28C road tires and they were fine. Due to all the wet weather this Winter I’ve heard it isn’t in the best condition now but ride-able and by late July it should be great. To map out a route with the least traffic count I’d suggest that you acquire a Iowa Bicycle Map. It is free and a excellent resource for…[Read more]
You are very correct Papa T. The two years I recall were 2003 (a short section just before we arrived at Bloomfield) and 2004, with 2004 being the wet muddy one, which was quite a challenge on a tandem. They were certainly not optional, but I do recall several riders going miles out of their way to avoid them.
I’m not going to suggest that anyone should do the loop if they are not comfortable with the 116 mile distance. The enjoyable thing about the gravel and century loops to me is how much the bike traffic thins out. Every cyclist is different and should enjoy the ride the way that works best for them and that’s why the loops have always been options.…[Read more]
I have not rode this trail, but it sounds quite inviting. I will be racing the Trans Am again for my tuneup and hopefully I’ll have a few weeks after the race before I start my ride to Council Bluffs. Unfortunately registration for the Trans Am race has already closed.
Sorry to hear of the knee issues. Last month there was a big discussion on the topic “to helmet or not to helmet” and some how it turned into a knee discussion. I posted my knee issues there on page 5. If you are interested you might want to read that discussion as well.
Gypsy Rose, Your first RAGBRAI with your young family sounds priceless!
In the early 80s I moved to Alaska and ended up spending 13 years there. After I returned I became involved with raising my family and my other vice, running. It wasn’t until 2003 when a friend from Alaska suggested we ride RAGBRAI. So that’s when I finally did, and My first…[Read more]
Awesome t-shirt Sandaltan! This makes me wonder if there are still any riders out there that have rode every year of RAGBRAI? I was late to start riding RAGBRAI as well Amanda, my 1st wasn’t until 2003, but I’ve hardly missed one since. Kevin, I think you’d agree it’s Those early adventures that become so in bedded in your mind that they soon end…[Read more]
Wow! thanks so much for sharing ESchiers. I had not seen that before. The cycling culture of the 70s has changed a bit and I can’t help from feeling a little nostalgic about cycling in the 70s. Back in 1973 I was a college student in northeast Missouri and the 1972-1973 winter was brutal. On a cold winter day a friend and I came up with the ideal…[Read more]
Hope you enjoy your self-supported RAGBRAI! The RAGBRAI campground is usually quite large and you really have no need to camp near the baggage truck so you can usually find a quiet spot to set up your tent, but carry some ear plugs anyway.
I’ve only camped in a yard once. I was riding back from the finish at Guttenberg and it was apparent that I…[Read more]
Don’t become too alarmed Pedaling Pete, Ive rode 14 RAGBRAIs and have never been involved in any kind of mishap. Cycling accidents can and will happen anywhere. Trknight so sorry to hear of your accident. Are you pretty much back to normal now? I can really relate to your vertigo and my sense of taste and smell was also way out of wack, but other…[Read more]
KenH Self supported means only one thing you carry all your gear, no baggage truck, and no team or charter and I really don’t know of anyone that goes self supported just to try and avoid the very reasonable registration fee. We do it because we enjoy cycling in this fashion. The rider that started this post has already registered but I’m sure…[Read more]
Sorry to hear about the knee issues. This is something I’ve had to deal with as well. Back in the 1970s I raced motocross and crashed badly. I tore the cartilage in my left knee and had to have the cartilage removed because I was unable to even straiten my left leg. My ACL was torn too but I didn’t even discover that until years later. The doctor…[Read more]