I have heard rumors for years of a stealth ride made up of baggers who generally follow the route but ride one day later. Stories of free food, beer and camping as they cruise into the overnight towns after the horde has left. Can anyone confirm any of this, or if not, can anyone add details to the rumor? I kind of like the idea of this happening,…[Read more]
Another example of plans not always going how you think: one of the back pocket stops was at a farm with almost no shade. Sat down with a fellow from Boston in the partial shade of a machine shed and overheard him mention the poor choice of location etc. I told him this farm was probably beautifully shaded when it was scouted out, but…[Read more]
I’ve been on 13 RAGBRAIs in a row, and here are a few tips, mostly learned the hard way.
1. Ride early and don’t dally at stops. The heat only builds.
2. When it is very hot, I wear a white cotton long sleeved shirt and soak it with water every 5 miles or so. Got me through 2012.
3. Cover your helmet with a helmet hat (They use a lot of these…[Read more]
2012 was my first RAGBRAI, after years of “It is so much fun, you will love it!” I finally gave in and rode the whole week. It was like riding into an open convection oven during the day and sleeping on hot nylon at night. But you know, it WAS fun and I did love it. It was a difficult week no doubt, but I saw people time and again helping those…[Read more]
I am not a rider who cares all that much about weight, so I always have with me a full rain suit. Jacket and pants. The rain makes you cold and I’ve seen so many people suffer needlessly, so carry at least a jacket at all times. Sometimes a storm pops up unpredictably like it did in Solon a few years ago. The heat is the other burden: On a very…[Read more]
I have several hundred indoor trainer miles so far, but outside a pathetic 200 or so. We just returned from a trip out east (Kevin, we were in East Hardwick for a few days) and am wondering if I can count the time in the car as “saddle time”? With this weather it has been tricky, not so much the cold and rain but the mud. Slippery and dangerous,…[Read more]
In what turned out to be our last correspondence, Jason and I chatted about people being grumpy on the forum and how he just takes everything in stride. I ended with ‘see you on the ride.’I hope everyone who is riding, whatever you are riding, will think about those we have lost and hold close the ones we still have. Peace all.
I always stop at Chris Cakes in the morning. Is that the one you were thinking of Mike Howe? The line is always long but it provides ample opportunity to meet and chat if that is your thing. Not sure what the coffee situation is with them as I don’t drink it, but there is usually a coffee place set up along the route in the morning also.
As far…[Read more]
Yes, thank you TJ for tending so thoughtfully to the forum. With all your other responsibilities you shouldn’t have to also babysit here, so giving the deleted poster the benefit of the doubt, here are a few alternative versions of their question.
“I have never left my car parked for a week in a town I am unfamiliar with, and I am concerned. What…[Read more]
There is a rumor that there is a group of self-contained riders that actually do the opposite of your idea. They hold back and ride a day behind the crowd. I have heard stories of free food, unlimited free beer and great camping spots. Haven’t been able to confirm this, but it is an intriguing idea. Same issues with no support. I for one love the…[Read more]
Greg, welcome to the small but mighty sub-group of Recumbent Ragbrai. Hard to improve on the list from Jboz, but I would add that it is a real good idea to get in some practice riding in a group. The bigger the better. There is nothing in your post about your other riding experience so forgive me if this is old news to you. Even tho folks warned…[Read more]