Great plan Ari! I have raced the Transamerica Trail twice and the race actually has an alternate route that leaves the ACA route north of Rawlins and continues on across Nebraska. At some point in Nebraska you’d need to angle northeast to get to La Mars. From Clinton I would just head south to Muscatine and connect with ACA’s Great Rivers South…[Read more]
After studying the map it looks like the shortest and most direct way to ride from Rock Rapids to La Mars is Hwy 75 but it doesn’t appear that it has a shoulder/bike lane for much of the way and a high traffic count, more than 3000 daily. I’m thinking it might be wiser to take less traveled roads like K52 etc. although it would make the ride to La…[Read more]
Ah yes! I think the routes really compliment each other and Rock Rapids to Le Mars should be no problem. For several years I have done the ride self contained and will plan on doing it that way for both rides. Now I just need to plan out my route to Dubuque and my route back home to Missouri from Clinton.
Cycling is my main priority so I also try to stay away from all the political noise and will be doing both rides self contained. Not a big fan of a lot of thumping and bumping though. We all have such different taste in music and when I’m forced to listen to music I find unappealing I just ride away from it.
So good to see that many are considering both rides! I’m very fortunate that I don’t have the work leave constraints that many have to deal with, and since I’m a bagger the logistics are much simpler as well. Now I’m just waiting anxiously to see what the routes will be.
Having rode 15 RAGBRAI’s I find this a very sad state of affairs. I don’t really believe anyone except those directly involved know the full story behind the split. I am not planning to do an Iowa ride this year. Doing so would give the appearance that I was choosing sides. Hopefully in time things will be resolved and I’ll be back riding in Iowa.…[Read more]
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.