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.
IMO, this year was easily in my top-five all time favorite RAGBRAI’s. The route had something for everyone. small towns, bigger towns, a loop around Jack Trice, flats, rolling hills, a few big hills, and great weather. I always said that 1996 had the best weather of all the rides I’ve been on, but this year topped that. Kudos to TJ, and his…[Read more]
You’re right, BB. I remember it well, taking laps inside the dome, and got a t-Shirt “Tour de Dome”.
We camped at Washington Park I believe, and the at the time the wildest thing happened to our group. A few people from Domino’s Pizza showed up to the park, and asked if we wanted to order a pizza, and have it delivered to our campsite. My…[Read more]
Thanks for the recommendation on the Go-Kot. I checked them out online, and I’m going to order one up. 34 RAGBRAI’s sleeping on various mattresses that lose air, or sleeping on the ground, hoping this works well! See you all in 52 days!
I bought a Goal Zero solar kit about 7-8 years ago. I think it was the Guide 10, for about $120.00.
It came with a solar panel that can be attached to a rack, backpack, etc., and it came with rechargeable batteries. Once in town, I’ll set up my tent, and set the panel up in the sun, and get plenty of juice for a phone, and Garmin. Between…[Read more]
What I would love to see publicized? How to properly use quick releases on wheels. Once you notice it, it’s like buying a car, you’ll see it all over the place.
I can’t count how many times over the years, much to the chagrin of my riding buddies, I’ve passed people on the road, and pointed out their QR isn’t on right, and they should pull…[Read more]
I wore out my old t-shirts from the 80’s long ago. besides, they wouldn’t fit now anyway.
My favorite old t-shirt was from RAGBRAI 13 and it was the “perils of RAGBRAI 13”. had a list of all the things that could-would go wrong. like dropping your flashlight in a KYBO or if you have a candy bar in your bike bag, the temp will be over 100 degrees…[Read more]
Congrats! RAGBRAI is what you make of it. It’s an unbelievable experience so enjoy.
It may be hot, humid, windy, rainy, and you’ll have to deal with a fair share of crowds, but you’ll leave with a sense of accomplishment.
I can’t speak for the rest, but even after 34 RAGBRAI’s I still get goosebumps once the Mississippi River finally comes into…[Read more]
I always thought Jimmy Buffett would be perfect for RAGBRAI, but I see he’s touring with the Eagles this summer so that probably won’t happen. On a side note, if promoters could figure it out, they could get a big name to play in Ames at Hilton or Carver in Ia City. Give RAGBRI’ers a section, and then charge admin for the other seats.
A solar charger works great. No need to find an available outlet. I’ve had mine for about 6 years, and it works. smaller in size than a notebook, and it charges my phone, lights, Garmin, and recharge batteries in no time.
I’ve only missed one RAGBRAI since 1983, I would say that if you look hard enough you can still find quirkiness on RAGBRAI.
It also depends on where you ride in the group. If you’re an early riser, and quicker than most, you probably won’t see much excitement on the route. jwskunk can confirm what it’s like in the back.
I believe the woman you…[Read more]