There was a large team group who, in ‘Nola, “reserved” a shady space, about 1/4 the size of a football field for a team that didn’t need nearly that much room. When I arrived at the middle school, there were a dozen trees with no tents under them. I really wanted a space to sling my hammock, but alas. I dropped my gear there to start setting…[Read more]
Last year I stopped at HyVee in the evening, after showers and the swimming pool, and after hanging my hammie. Banana, energy bar, fruit smoothie was enough food camp-side to get me started…and it carried me over until I could hit the Methodist church or the firehouse or the side-of-the road stops…slipstream, breakfast burritos, etc.
Mark, I’m waiting, too. Honestly, as long as I have it the day before we travel, I’m good. Like you, I’d *rather* have it earlier (Heck, I’ve been almost packed and ready to go for two weeks!), but, like much of RAGBRAI, “winging it” brings a certain charm to the whole experience…even if it’s maddening to OCD folks like me!
That’s a good question. I used a fly with my hammie…for rain and privacy. It takes a little contortion, but it’s possible to dress and undress under the privacy of the fly. Or, if you happen to wake before your neighbors, there’s always the great wide open, in the dark of pre-dawn. Not sure I’d have the fortitude to do that after…[Read more]
Last year I hammock camped the whole week of RAGBRAI. There were a dozen or so of us out there. We had to be creative on where we slung our hammies (there are only 9 trees left in Iowa, it seems), but it’s a GREAT night’s sleep. Not one of those wide rope back-yard hammocks, but a ENO or Bear Butt. They pack up to be a little larger than a…[Read more]
Don’t forget the right clothing. Good padded shorts (or briefs) are also important, and make a big difference on the long rides. Don’t forget the Butt Butter…you’ll just feel better at the end of the day.
T.Gap, fellow Team Placid rider and I got 40 miles on the C&O this weekend. Beautiful day for it. A little bumpy with tree roots and…[Read more]
There will be official bands. And at least one bandit band called Placid Quake. They played out of a garage in Onawa last year. Word is they’ll play at some dive bar and grille in Council Bluffs this year. Keep an eye out for them. They won’t be hard to hear. They were once considered by critics as one of Western Iowa’s loudest bands. At…[Read more]
Mr. Woo. I’ve done both, but not consecutively. A double metric century from Harper’s Ferry to DC and back. (Here’s the history lesson for the day. What hotel sits at milepost zero on the C&O? Answer to follow.) Along that stretch there are available food stops in Harper’s Ferry, Brunswick, White’s Ferry, Great Falls and Georgetown. It’s…[Read more]
I don’t post much, and I’ve never met most of you. I have to share, however, that I see these posts as a way of getting to know you a little. Some of the names I look to for guidance and wisdom and humor. T. Gap, KenH, Sandaltan, and some dude named TJ. Y’all have been helpful for this newbie…[Read more]
My training route today was a 24 mile round trip. Total net elevation gain was zero…because I started and ended in my driveway. Total climbing was about 1,200 feet because of the all the *little* ups and downs along those 24 miles.