Good summary. 2016 it was Shenandoah rather than Creston. We also just missed a big storm the last evening in Washington. 2017 I was past Rockwell but just kept going in that rain (no gear) as I was on a straight and flat spot. Many left extra early as it was forecasted. 2018 also a surprise spot shower in Jefferson in early evening but you may…[Read more]
Great. I have done five. First one was a learning experience (pace yourself for the week, not just the day for example). There is a RAGBRAI Newbies (that is the name) group on Facebook you may want to check out. Many new riders ask questions on there and some of us veterans are on there to answer.
I don’t get the point of a hotel that night. Seems like a lot of hassle. Like someone said, cancel and save the money by just staying at the main campground. That first morning at the main campground is the best. Good luck though…
Actually never heard of folks doing that. Maybe check with Clinton organizers. Maybe they also wouldknow someone who would just drive him over. Also see if there is a drive service. Short trip as straight shot is like 15 miles or so.
As William noted, the truck transport is included in the registration fee all riders pay. It is therefore free to use. Great value. I wouldn’t pay for someone to set up a tent that takes ten minutes to do and for free coffee or whatever in the morning. Plus you are in the middle of the action with food, showers, etc all right there.
I ride solo every year and prefer it. Do my own thing and not subject to the whims of others. I use the free truck which works great. There are many who do it solo. You meet and talk with neighbors around you and along the ride, so not in a total vacuum. I just like doing whatever I want in the evening (go downtown, stay by the camp, whatever) and…[Read more]
If my college kid (I have four daughters in their 20s, so been there) had the attitude of chill, I would leave them home as I would not want to deal with it. Mine would not, but they just have no interest in riding. I go by myself actually so I have no one to worry or think about. Find plenty of great people to talk to or hang out with along the way.
I often had to do an hour or two of work early before riding. I typically went to the local McDonalds as most towns had one. I would park my bike right outside the booth I sat in so I could watch it. Usually would have to ride a mile or whatever off the route to get to it.
If no McD, I would scout out a diner or something on google maps and call…[Read more]
I do not have answer for you, but my guess is you scramble and see if a small group could help or ask around to see if there is a nice local who would help. I would note the main campground is quite lively early so not sure how anyone could sleep through it all. I use the truck every year and it works great. However, folks start rising and getting…[Read more]
The only problem with washing clothes is that if they do not dry enough by morning, they go in your travel bag wet and will be hot all day so might be a bit stinky anyway. I have washed bibs and jerseys, but now have enough to bring a clean set for each day. Just my preference to not deal with washing any clothes which I often did in the shower. I…[Read more]
I will be there. Vaccinated and not paranoid. I will not boycott anything with it. People can complain and find stuff wrong with everything. What about China and the sweatshops making the clothes and shoes you wear? Got bad watermelon? Oh well. Worried about meat packing? Be a vegetarian then. I will enjoy it all myself. Hope it is less crowded.…[Read more]
Gonna ride my 2017 Giant Defy road bike. Done it with my Giant flatbar road bike in recent years, but gonna change it. I do not do the gravel route as a result. Tried it in 18 and sank quickly so turned around like many others did that year.
You will see many. You can ride as fast or slow as you want (we all do). You can expect to change lanes a lot since riders are instructed (and most do) to ride right and pass left. Uphill, they stay right and then downhill move left and pass everyone. They then get back over right when neeeded. Mirrors and just looking around a lot is needed.…[Read more]
The free truck is very easy. Not that much work and save the $. Taking down down a tent in morning and packing takes a few minutes then you walk it to truck (not far). Then get it at truck in afternoon and pick a spot (not far at all) and take a few minutes to put it up. I use a simple 2-person tent with my stuff on one side and I sleep on the…[Read more]
No and I would encourage just using the free truck service. Works great. I have done it for years. Some people do not realize it exists and pay $$ to join a team they do not know. The main campground also tends to be well located with plenty of showers, etc.