Omaha will be the cheapest. I usually get routed on Southwest through LAX. Omaha is also the closest to the start town. There are several charters that provide shuttles from Omaha to the start town and back to Omaha at the end of the ride.
This will be my 5th RAGBRAI three of which I’ve ridden by myself. Your never by yourself on RAGBRAI, lots of people to keep you company. I wasn’t born in Iowa but my parents were native Iowan’s and I still have family in Creston. I’ll look for you on the road.
For the last 4 years I’ve used an REI Camp Bed 3.5 XL. I travel with PBV so weight is not a problem. For a sleeping bag I use a fleece sleeping bag liner that is more than enough warmth. I use a twin bed sheet folded in half and stitched across the bottom and about a third of the way up the side.
Last time that we were in Council Bluffs the dip site was at the Bob Kerry pedestrian bridge. The Missouri River was very low and we had to traverse a large sandy area. Some poor woman got sand in her cleats, couldn’t “clip out”, fell and broke her arm, not the way to start RAGBRAI. If it’s sandy again this year be careful.
Rene, It costs real money to put RAGBRAI on every year. The portable toilets don’t just magically appear, the Register’s staff doesn’t work for nothing, the baggage trucks cost money etc. The ride is fully supported for those of us who pay for a one week wristband. If you break down you don’t get sag support. Don’t be a bandit, buy the wristband.
I’ve always flown into Omaha from Sacramento. There are several charters that provide shuttle service from Omaha to the start town and from the end town back to Omaha. Most people don’t hang out in Davenport. Check the website for Charters, I’ve always used Pork Belly Ventures. Have a great time in Iowa.
I’ve used PBV for four years, I use the tent service, getting in to camp with my bags in my tent is the only way to go. Level of service is outstanding. You are correct, it seems to be lights out at 9:00.I’ll use PBV again.
Get a bike and start riding. This year was my fourth RAGBRAI in the last five years. Check out the Pork Belly Ventures web site. I’ve used them and they do a great job. Watch the RAGBRAI website, they post a training program which if you follow you won’t have any problem with the ride.
Lansing was well organized. It appeared that all of the charters were leaving from the same area. My bus left Lansing on a gravel road and then transitioned onto Hwy. 9. Left Lansing at 2:00 and got into Des Moines at 6:30, no problems getting out of Lansing. Well done Lansing and Ragbrai!
David, This will be my 4th year with PBV. I’m an early riser by nature. Coffee will be available at 4:30 am. The lines for the KYBO’s will be shorter in the early hours. You will start hearing folks starting to move around 4:00 to 4:30. I usually start riding by 5:30 to 6:00 and don’t have a problem with the crowds. I stop for breakfast at the…[Read more]
I’ve used sendmybike.com the last 4 times I’ve ridden RAGBRAI. The deliver your bike to the start town and ship it from the end town. I ship my bike and on “medium” sized box, this year the cost was $196 each way. For an additional charge they will assemble your bike at the start town and box it at the end town.
Saturday last year when we transitioned from X17 onto Hwy 92 outside Columbus Junction. Somewhat disconcerting as there were no State Troopers directing traffic. Hwy. 92 had a narrow shoulder with a rumble strip making it even narrower. Had a semi come uncomfortably close. Other than that traffic didn’t seem to be too much of a problem.