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.
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]