Did anyone notice that the elevation charts for the ride into and out of Emmetsburg are not a mirror image of each other even though the 20 miles into and out of town are the same? This is easy to see on the chart that shows the whole week. I wonder what is correct.
The temps have ranged from upper 40’s to 100+ many times. The winds seem to be more in the 7 to 15 mph range in more recent times but can be quite strong at times. There have been several tornado warnings and severe thunder storm warnings over the years but few problems that I am aware of other then in Sheldon in 2005 where the person was killed…[Read more]
Well the route looks to change on the century day. I got a email from Hancock county showing they are replacing a bridge between Wesley and Britt.
In the early days we did walk down to a creek and back up the other side. Those were unknown problems until the last minute.
In 1994 the found out early and rerouted us with more miles and more hills.…[Read more]
I’m sorry I didn’t see the other blog about the “Century Day” when I started this one.
I know that there are people that stray from the route for several reasons but some times you find unexpected problems in doing so. The most common is bridge work that blocks your way. RAGBRAI contacts state, county and city governments to see what is expected…[Read more]
On your 2 examples you included a lot of up and down and less steep parts. Also note that they screwed up the 3 top elevation marks on the left side of the chart. Each horizontal line is 50 feet. Those three marks should be moved up a line. If you only include the steep part of the first hill it is about 250 feet in 3/4 miles or 6.4%. On the…[Read more]
Not until RAGBRAI 7 did they tell you how long each day was. You just rode until you got there. On RAGBRAI 19 they started telling you how far it was from to each town for that day. Even with that they are NOT very accurate, particularly with the days total. Some of it is where you are staying in each town. In 2018 the last 2 days where quite a…[Read more]
I know a 105 mile day well tax a lot of riders including my wife and I on the tandem. Those early years were no problem but 40+ years later and some body parts problems will make it a challenge for us. I did a few of the loops in the late 80’s but hated riding into the main pack at the end of the loop and haven’t done it since. Slow and steady…[Read more]
I see the century day is 105 miles this year. The article said the last year they had a century day was 1984 but it was 1985 which also went to Mason City. The first year they called it a century day was 1978 but there were 100 mile days before and after 1978-1985.
I too rode through Soggy Monday. My friend and I were able to buy tall kitchen garbage bags from two guys along the road trying to sell cold fruit juice. Back then very few riders had rain gear. As stated by others there were a lot of riders that don’t ride the whole day but about 2/3’s did. Back then very few didn’t ride the whole week. That year…[Read more]
Corn Bears are people that use the corn fields for there restrooms. It’s been around for years and really should be spelled Corn Bares as in bare skin. Another term you hear is KYBO’s. In the early days the portable toilets were mainly from the KYBO company but they were gone by the late 70’s. The ride has changed a lot since my first one in 1974…[Read more]
My wife had muscles repaired and can’t make the trip. If you still need the pass we would accept $175. It will still be awhile before we have them in hand but would give you the tag number to help get you started.
My wife had muscles repaired and can make the trip. If you still need them we would accept $175. It will still be awhile before we have them in hand but would give you the tag number to help get you started.