All good ideas above…just one more suggestion on this: What I ended up doing last year was buying a trunk bag that I put on the rear deck and then carried a pair of flip flops with me (among other things) to walk comfortably in the towns. Every time I stopped for any significant time, I took off my bike shoes and socks, and put on my flip…[Read more]
Oops. I did mean council bluffs – sorry for the confusion. The Uber idea is only because I didnt know where we are camping on day zero (Saturday) in council bluffs – if we are right on the river that would be perfect.
No promises yet, but I like the idea of Amtrak. My wife said she may be able to pick me up in Keokuk at the end of the ride. So tentatively, I may do Amtrak out to Omaha (your idea), Uber to Clinton / start location, tent/sleep that first night, ride seven days, and my wife would pick me up in Keokuk. With your bag and tent. This will be my second…[Read more]
Grace – I am from the Chicago area and will be going back Saturday after the ride. My wife is dropping me off in Davenport at the start town next weekend and then coming back to pick me up on the 28th when we are done. One of my other riders (John from Hawaii) just backed out a few days ago – so I now have room for 1 more. Let me know –
Just a thought for those of you who want a shorter trip that you can say is ‘technically’ a tire dip in the Missouri River…I am sure I will get some negative feedback from the purists on here, but what the hell: There is a lake called Blue Lake just west of Onawa. It surrounds Lewis and Clark state park on three sides. It is an ‘oxbow’ lake.…[Read more]
I do have room from Davenport to Chicago on the Saturday / end of ride. I did send you a message on this earlier in the week with my contact info if you are still interested. Let me know when you decide what you’re doing!
Not sure what your plans are, but I am driving from Chicago (NW Suburbs) to Davenport on Friday before the ride. Then Brancel Charters is taking me, my bag, and my bike from Davenport to Onawa. Then I ride back to Davenport with my team. That way I don’t leave a car on the west side of the state…I’m not sure if I have room yet from Chicago to…[Read more]
I can help if you still need it – but only on the Davenport to Chicago side. This is my first Ragbrai and I plan on doing the whole route. I am from the Chicago area and my wife is planning on driving me to the quad cities early on Day 0 (or maybe the day before) and then picking me up again on the following Saturday afternoon when we are…[Read more]
Camille: I too am a first time rider from Chicago and my plan is to drive to Davenport and then take the Brancel’s Charter Bus from Davenport to Onawa. They take you, your bag, and your bike one way. Cost is $150 or do if I recall correctly. I believe parking is part of the package with Brancel’s.
Looking for a team – First time RAGBRAI for me. Iowa State Grad, 89 – From Chicago suburbs. I will know a few on the ride for a few days, and would like to joint a team just for some familiar faces along the way. I do plan on driving to Davenport, then taking a charter from Davenport to Onawa only (bag, bike, and me). Using RAGBRAI to carry my bag…