My 1st RAGBRAI was RAGBRAI XI in ’83. I was 13, and rode with my friend Mike, and his dad, Ron. Ron had ridden RAGBRAI X, Mike, and I thought the idea of riding a bike for a week, and camping was a great idea. Back then there wasn’t the media hype surrounding the ride. In fact, I knew little about it.
That year the route had my hometown of…[Read more]
@Bicycle Bill, I take it you’ve ridden the old Oktoberfest 100 then? I was only able to do it 3 or 4 times I was living in Ames at the time of riding it, and it’s always been one of my favorite rides. I wish it was still going on. I live in Madison and keep thinking about going up there in the fall to do my own 100 as I still have my maps.
I did it the loop, and I remember the next day into Marion was another long day as I had another 100 miles to our Skunk Campsite.
If I remember right they didn’t start handing out Century patches until the ’96 edition for the 150 mile loop. before that, you had to buy one at the trailer.
The right call. Unfortunate but the right one. Just bummed I have to wait to ride my 37th.
What if they were to hold RAGBRAI 48 July 18-24, then run RAGBRAI 49 the following week?
Logistics would be rough, but anything is possible.
A little over 20 years ago while riding RAGBRAI,and eating a lot of pie, a buddy, and I came up with a pie song after “American Pie”
My, my Scott is the pie guy.
He really likes the cherry, and the rhubarb is alright
Little old ladies asking which one he’ll buy, and Scott says “this will be the pie that I buy”.
I remember back in the early 80’s riding RAGBRAI, and at the main campgrounds a group of Ham radio operators would set up shop, and you could send a message to whoever for free. I think it was 25 words or less.
Just an FYI, Gannett bought the DSM Register in 1985 months before we were getting ready for and epic RAGBRAI XIII.
I’ve ridden 36 of the last 37 RAGBRAI’s, and this entire situation has driven me nuts.
If you don’t mind another suggestion. For 34 RAGBRAI’s I slept on either some sort of pad or air mattress. Last year on this forum, someone suggested the Go-Kot. I checked it out, bought one direct, and loved it. Some of best sleep I’ve had on RAGBRAI. It sets up,and tears down in a minute, it’s fairly light weight, and took up less space than…[Read more]
It’s a nice route around the lake that we’ve done a number of times.
If you want to talk about loops, in 1996 we had an option to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of Iowa being added to the Union. From Lake Mills to Charles City, a fantastic 150 miles on an incredible day.
About 1100 people did it, and on Team Skunk, we had about 10 of us ride it.…[Read more]
About once a year I’ll go knocking on doors to buy a shower from a local. In 35 RAGBRAI’s I’ve been turned down just a handful of times. I use my own towel, soap, leave at least 5 bucks, and make sure to respect their property, and leave the place bit cleaner than I found it.
I find a lot of times the homeowners like to chat and learn a bit…[Read more]