The 5000 riders asking you if you’re okay while you stand there with your bike upside down will keep you busy while you wait for the SAG wagon. It will get there when it gets there. If you’re suffering so much that you feel like you’re in danger, then you need the ambulance, not the sag wagon. Let’s hope you don’t need either!
I haven’t locked down my parking for Davenport, either. They disabled their parking request form on the website but said they’d have an update by the end of the day on the 17th, which is today. I’m assuming something will get worked out. After all, how hard is it to find a parking spot someone wants to rent out at $100/week?
The best clue I could get was from the GPS track, which ends at the elementary school in Tama. It’s adjacent to the high school and it looks like there’s a generous amount of area to camp there, so I’m going to say that’s the place.
It’s disappointing to see so little information for riders on the Tama-Toledo website just a week before the ride.…[Read more]
Problem solved! It turned out that USPS did not deliver to my door like the tracking said they did. Instead, they put the package in an Amazon Locker and I had to get our facility staff to investigate and open it for me since I didn’t have a code that worked. The numbers on my bands and luggage tag check out and there was a card inside explaining…[Read more]
dsdouin, I think I see your concern, but it shouldn’t be something to worry about. Yes, if you aren’t on the posted route you shouldn’t expect a SAG wagon or an ambulance to come by to help you if you’re in need. They have plenty to do on the route itself without looking for riders who might have chosen another street or road. And when the route…[Read more]
In addition to the good advice from others (post-ride, get what you need and stash the bag with a friend in camp or with the truck, and be back before 8 am to load it), I had a nice conversation last year with one of the baggage truck staff about this topic. He said that when bags aren’t loaded by 8, he tries to take pictures of the remaining bags…[Read more]
Felt fine and tested negative with a rapid test yesterday, but mild aches and chills and a positive rapid test today. And I was one of the very few who carried a mask with me everywhere and wore it indoors, so I probably got infected somewhere outside. I’m good at avoiding crowds, but not *that* good.
You asked, “Where are the baggage trucks parked in the overnight towns and will there be signs to tell you where they will be?” Here’s a bit of useful advice: Don’t bother asking the typical local where the “main campground” is. With campgrounds all over town, there’s a good chance that they won’t know the difference and they’ll send you in the…[Read more]
You might get charging stations in the main campground, but don’t count on it consistently. Often if we’re at a school, you’ll have access to the outlets you can find in the cafeteria and hallways. There’s more demand than supply, so here are a few charging tips:
The math educator in me really likes this post, direwolf! Figuring out a model to answer the question “How many tents/campers can fit in a given space?” is actually one I’d like to know all the host towns have done, and that maybe the RAGBRAI organizers have learned lessons over the years to know a good prediction from a not-so-good one. I think…[Read more]
It’s not the most common type of bag I’ve seen come off the baggage truck, but you’ll be fine. The major things are to (a) be under 50 pounds, (b) have only one bag, and (b) have everything well-secured to that one bag so nothing is at risk of falling off or getting tangled with other gear. The staff that unloads the truck are good at moving a lot…[Read more]
My plans are pretty similar to yours, Mike. I’ve been more careful lately, not just because I don’t want to mess up RAGBRAI, but because I have a family member doing a long-term hospital stay and I don’t want to lose the ability to visit. So I figure I’ll wear a mask indoors or in particularly crowded spaces.
I’ve been assuming that attendance will be down, but at the same time, I feel like RAGBRAI is the kind of event where once you’re in the middle of it, you can’t really tell if it’s big or small. I remember sitting in Creston in 2017 with a veteran RAGBRAIer who thought that ridership that year was probably no more than 7500 or 8000, tops, because…[Read more]