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]
I remember Pella all to well in 1984. 102 miles that day from Adel -That was back in the good old days before the optional century loop. Rear der cable broke going into town. We lost our rainfly in Creston a few days before, and wouldn’t you know it, it rained all day, and night.
I’m with you Cory. Anything North of Bellevue is great. I didn’t think the ending at Lansing was that bad. Team Skunk got out of there fairly easy, but we did get out late. If anything, McGreggor-Marquette has Highway 18, and Highway 52 isn’t too far away.
After riding 35 of the last 36 RAGBRAI’s, I’ve never predicted all the overnight towns correctly. Next year’s will be no different.
Missouri Valley (2008), Atlantic(2011), Winterset(1991), Polk City(new), Marshalltown(2012), Vinton(1978), Oelwein(2002), McGregor(New).
I personally like this topic of discussion better than the other one that’s blowing up lately.
Trying to figure out my route predictions. I like the idea of a diagonal route, and to hit at least one new overnight town, and a town we haven’t been to in ages. I’m still thinking Keokuk will be the end town…
That leads me to ask, What are the…[Read more]
Bellevue is a great town. Always enjoyed the ride there. First time in ’89 it rained all day, and pretty much spoiled the ending so we came back a couple years later. Of course, finishing there in ’99. The only pleasant day of the ride that year considering what we went through the first six.
I heard the same rumor about the 50th at Skunk Camp on this year’s ride. I was thinking for the missing day, they could do an optional 50 mile loop around Des Moines. For those who don’t ride it, get a day off in the middle of the week.
RAGBRAI 13. My 3rd ride. 540-550 miles or so. Everyday was long. The day to Humboldt was only 55 miles, but if I remember, we had a strong headwind all day. Rain on the century day to Mason City. Last time the century was mandatory. Last day to Clinton was like this years, over 75 miles. I wouldn’t mind another long ride.
I like the idea of a diagonal route, and finishing up in the NE part of the state would be terrific.
Even though we passed through Decorah last year, I’d like to see them as an overnight since we were last there in ’99.