@Monte, your merchandise will only ship separately if you ordered it from the web store instead of part of your registration. If you added jerseys or whatever to your registration it will come with your packet.
If your merchandise was a totally separate web order then you might want to follow up with them.
I think in the past they only allowed riding up it. Which is the opposite of its normal 1-way direction. There isn’t much point in riding down Snake alley and it would be dangerous with many people. If it is wet then that road is treacherous.
However, the grade is never as low as 10%. More like 15-25% with an overall average of 20%. A Garmin…[Read more]
I wonder if they send them by order of team number? They shipped mine on May 30th (delivered on June 1st). The tracking number showed up in USPS informed delivery on May 23rd. So that shows from the time they created the label to dropping it off at the post office was a week.
Nothing to be concerned about, it does usually take through June and…[Read more]
I would take the bike you would most like to do 500 miles on. The gravel loop is optional, other than that no gravel usually (even then it is really short sections, a road crossing or something). Depending on how early you start in the morning there will be some walking through towns. Other than that you generally can move at the speed you want.…[Read more]
You can apply to the towns for housing. It is $3 per town to apply, find their websites here https://ragbrai.com/2019-host-towns/
The deadline for those applications is soon so if you are interested in that fill out the forms soon.
They will try to match you up with volunteer hosts with space for an RV. Nothing is guaranteed but hopefully, you…[Read more]
Keep in mind that RVs are often in separate areas, not the same general campgrounds. Especially if you want to run a generator at all. So I would suggest it is best to know your options beforehand and then be flexible when the time comes to adapt to the situation on the ground.
With an RV it is best to do your research beforehand. Especially…[Read more]
People do it. How dangerous it depends on a bunch of things. But you will often run into people that aren’t expecting riders coming from the other direction. It doesn’t take a large percentage of those people for them to be common. If just 1% of people on ragbrai do something it is still common.
Hills are a particular problem. Climbing hills…[Read more]
Another vote for Burts Bees all weather chapstick. SPF 15 might not sound like much but it is actually plenty. More important than the SPF number is to reapply it. So keep it handy and reapply a few times during the day.
I have also used some higher SPF chapsticks. Odd taste and don’t really work better. If you are really concerned then…[Read more]
I think one thing people need to keep in mind is that most of the ragbrai you see is run by volunteers that are doing this for the first time. They get recommendations and guidelines from ragbrai organizers but most of the organization and infrastructure is pulled off by people that have never done anything close to what they accomplish that day.…[Read more]
For tricky traffic situations like 218/61 they may not have final decisions until closer to the ride. My guess is that we will be on 61 and the low-resolution maps just don’t show it. Either way, we have to cross 61 and the ISP is going to be significantly involved here. This is one place you won’t get lost, just do what they say.