RAGBRAI XLIX registration is now open!
Thought all the towns did a good job. If there was a best, Charles City I felt did a wonderful job.
I don’t know, but I have been told that when the towns are approached by the RAGBRAI selection personnel that they are given a bible of thou shall and thou shall not, one of the rules is that any business that is located in proximity of over night central SHALL pay RAGBRAI for the privilege of being open during the event. Maybe that is why they decided not to open their doors, I know it would influence my decision if that is true.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed every day, the last day we had the privilege of having our 6 year old granddaughter ride with us on her tag behind grandpa and grandma. Do it again in a heartbeat.
I emailed the mayor of Hawarden, the police chief replied the following:
First of all let me be the first to welcome you to Hawarden. My name is Mike DeBruin and I am the Chief of Police in Hawarden. Gary Tucker, City Administrator, forwarded me your email for a response.
We do have a boat dock with river access right here in Hawarden at a park called Carr’s Landing. Now depending how deep the river is at that time of year will depend on if you will be able to dip your tire right at the end of the boat dock or if you will have to walk out on the sand. Either way you will be able to dip your tires. Another option is a Sioux County Park called Oak Grove. They also have a nice boat ramp that is very accessible.
There are several different ways to get from Hawarden to Orange City. Of course the fastest way would be Highway 10. I am going to assume on the first day of RAGBRAI there will be a lot of bicycle traffic on Highway 10 going in between Hawarden and Orange City. I am assuming that the some of the other riders, much like yourself, will want to do the full state ride, not start 22 miles from the west border. 460th Street is all gravel and would not be an option in my opinion. B-58 is a less traveled black top road with gravel shoulders, that would be an option. There are other options that would add a little more time and distance and if you are interested in those I would be happy to share those.
I wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable ride this year and if there is any way I can be of more assistance please let me know.
Mike DeBruin, Chief
Hawarden Police Department
well i am glad to see we were not the only ones with issues, my wife attempted to watch from our home and i did from a hotel room in san diego, best we could get was from LTE on our phones, ipad and real computer over internet was use less attempt. disappointing.
Thanks Ken, just what I was looking for. not real worried about getting lost, like the physiological effect of how far I went and how far do I have to go.