After years of staying in homes we are camping in tents this year. In addition to a lightweight sleeping bag and air mattress, my sleep also calls for earplugs and a sleep mask. With a tent you sometimes fail to notice that floodlight which will come on after dark. A battery operated fan is essential. On RAGBRAI you will be hot, and you will be cold.
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]
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 second what dukester wrote. E bikes are here and I accept that. I own a used throttle-only model and it is fun out on the gravel roads. I will continue to ride a pedal recumbent because I need the exercise, and usually I enjoy it. If a person is riding an ebike and towing a throbbing music-trailer they should certainly be banned and…[Read more]
I was a daily participant in the jams at PBJ. Many jams were memorable and hilariously entertaining, sometimes even beautiful, like when the boy sang American Pie with me strumming two years in a row.
Each year there were two or three days when the weather was good, the setting was right, and we gathered a big group of happy jammers pounding…[Read more]