Looking forward to the Pork Tornadoes. Great cover band that plays a bit of everything, but tends towards modern pop/rock. I don’t think I have anything for the “least” category since I enjoy most genres of music. I will probably spend the least amount of time at Hairball though because my wife detests 80’s hair bands.
While it’s true that almost nobody locks their bikes during the day, myself included, it’s not a bad idea to put a cable lock through the frame & wheels at night. There are typically a couple of bikes stolen during the course of RAGBRAI each year – why let it be yours?
As 1bluesteelguy said, bikes are usually just parked outside your tent and…[Read more]
I’ll mention Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers as a good charter that offers tent service. We’ve used Pork Belly Ventures a couple times for tent service and this will be our first year with Bubba’s, but I have friends that have used Bubba’s for both RAGBRAI and some of the other rides they offer around the country and they’ve got nothing but good things…[Read more]
At the Ledges, there is a steady incline leading up to the big climb. The steep part of it is only about 1/4 mile long but hits an 8-9% gradient. Fortunately it’s not in Monona or Story counties :) – because the farmer at the top of the hill should be able to host several vendors to provide pickle juice, water, gatorade, etc. to the people that…[Read more]
It’s about 10 miles from the dip site to the Quad Cities airport (MLI) and some of the roads along that route are not particularly bike friendly. I’m not a hardcore bike commuter though – so maybe others feel differently. I wouldn’t enjoy doing it though, especially if I didn’t know the area very well.
Right? I’m not really sure what Lyft was thinking when they decided to only operate in half of a relatively unified metro area. Everyone was scratching their heads when they announced it a little over a year ago.
As for Uber – I think they had only been operating in the Quad Cities for a few months when RAGBRAI was here last in 2015.…[Read more]
I’ve only used Uber in the Quad Cities, and have been satisfied with it. Lyft only operates on the Iowa side (which, as an Illinois Quad Cities resident, explains why I don’t use it) but I expect most riders to stay on the Iowa side. I’m sure both services will have plenty of drivers around since our annual Bix festival will be going on as well,…[Read more]
I also have a Resmed Airsense 10. I use a Freedom Travel 12V battery (1.7 lbs) with a 24V adapter. With my charter I can plug the battery into the charger in the morning and it’s charged by the time I pick it up in the afternoon/evening.
One time I forgot to disable the CPAP’s heated tubing and humidifier and also forgot to charge the battery,…[Read more]
Of course I could be wrong on the route, but I think from Soldier it takes Hwy 37 to 270th to Sequoia to 280th to Redwood to E54 into Moorhead. Then the gravel portion essentially takes Plum and Poplar roads back to Hwy 37 and back into Soldier.
Trying to scope out this year’s gravel loop and as expected Google has never sent a “Street View” car down that way :) But from my eye it looks like the entire route into Moorhead is paved, leaving only about 7 miles of gravel. A little disappointing that it’s that short, but at least it looks like real gravel and not the dirt and pea-gravel…[Read more]
Hmm – I can understand charging tax for the parking pass, but it seems a little over the top to tack on a separate $5 shipping fee. They should just add it onto the price of the parking pass or let me print my own.
I like it because it’s convenient for getting in a quick workout with minimal prep. It also means I don’t need to deal with several miles of traffic before riding in earnest. Winter riding offers some interesting challenges as well, such as unpredictable traction and cars that are even less likely to be expecting you as they are in good weather.…[Read more]
As others have said, showers in the morning are generally a no-go. I know Pork Belly Ventures’ shower trucks pack up and head out of town in the middle of the night, so they are definitely not available in the morning. I can’t speak to any other shower service (such as Joe’s Wet Shack) but I would assume they do the same. Your charter “might”…[Read more]