I didn’t go self-supported last year, for my first RAGBRAI. (I let RAGBRAI carry my luggage.) If you’re truly self-supported, I would suggest hammock camping. I did that last year and it was a great experience. You’ll just have to be flexible in where you sling your hammie. Trees, or light poles, or parking meters or traffic bollards. One…[Read more]
One of the things I like about the pies along the route is that they are likely fresh and local. Rhubarb and strawberries are both seasonally appropriate during the ride. Same with blueberry and gooseberry.
While I LOVE a good pecan pie, it’s neither local nor fresh. While the pie may be made yesterday, the pecans were harvested last year (or…[Read more]
Mary, I remember you at the gym in Denison. I also remember your kindness in sharing your beer! As I recall, you slung yours from the soccer goal in Denison? I ran into Nancy a couple of times after that, but don’t remember seeing you later.
Glad your hammie worked out for you. We were fortunate, I think, to have good weather.
I rode this on 32s, and found it to be challenging. I resolved to not do this again. But I probably will. I didn’t fall, but my tires washed left and right the whole time. I envisioned riding the rest of the week with road rash reminders of the gravel hills around Moorhead. It was harrowing.
I brought a tent as a backup, and never once used it. But those of us in hammocks had to be creating. One night in Dennison, slung between a light pole and a chain link fence. The night in Jefferson slung under the high school bleachers. And the night in Sigourney slung between two…[Read more]
Maybe because my usual training routes are on shoulderless 55mph roads, but 175 should be a breeze. Get your lights flashing and wear bright clothing. If traffic is heavy due to RAGBRAI, you’ll have sympathetic drivers. If drivers are annoyed at RAGBRAI, well, you’ll have annoyed drivers. But they’re not going to try to hit you. (so much…[Read more]
Real life gets in the way of daily training, but weekends are reserved for what’s becoming my favorite training ride: 24 miles, out and back (48 total) on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Milepost 24 has a wayside with terrific sausage egg and cheese sandwiches. The vertical can be brutal (the first 6 miles are uphill, with an…[Read more]
I’m holding off some decisions on gear until I see the week’s forecast closer to ride time.
I’ve experienced Iowa evenings when the temps don’t get below 80f. I won’t want to haul my bag if it’s that warm. (On the other hand, it weighs 3 pounds…and probably won’t make me exceed my 50 lb limit.)
But I’ve also experienced nights in the 50s.…[Read more]
I want to piggyback on this question with a couple of my own.
I’m staying with a friend in Onawa. How do I get my bag to the RAGBRAI truck…do I have to do this Saturday night, or can I do it Sunday morning? And if it’s Sunday morning, what time does this thing kick off? Is there a “formal” start…Star Spangled Banner…or do people just…[Read more]
I used to ride 175 regularly growing up in Onawa. With a fishing pole and a peanut butter sandwich.
Granted, that was 100 years ago, and it wasn’t during a very busy RAGBRAI weekend. I was planning on 175 as my dip route. Hazel to 284th would be a good 2nd option. I don’t know who owns the property on the river there, though.