1. Charters are available- the best IMO is Pork Belly Ventures. I’ve used OOS and PBV in the past with PBV being far superior in amenities, service, friendliness, and camp fun. They offer a very comfortable bus to cross the state to the start. They are BIG, for some folks, that’s an issue. Every morning coffee! Every night beer, food, and a great…[Read more]
Hi Eric- If you can find one, a Long Haul Trucker (or Disc Trucker) made by Surly is fabulous; there’s almost a cult following behind this touring bike. If you can’t tell, I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid. It retails new at $1325 which is a bit over your budget- but if you start looking now, you’re likely to find one used.
I’m bagging this year. There will be extended parking (confirmed by IA) in Dubuque. Clinton is still planning, but it’s a likely option. I’ll park in Clinton and ride up to Dubuque (looks like a nice ride) on Saturday for the start. Otherwise, I’ll cut short in Maquoketa and ride up to Dubuque. Either way, when you carry your stuff, the logistics…[Read more]
I watched the announcement party online and it seemed awkward. The opening and timing of the event seemed “off”, the emcee failed to set the tone very well and speaker introductions were lacking. Almost no one on stage was aware of the camera locations and frequently turned their back to the crowd. Speaking of the crowd, were there fewer people in…[Read more]
In the IHeart interview mentioned above, TJ discusses the time frame of his decision to leave and how he worked on the IowasRide plan on his own time. There was no mention of a noncompete clause; however, the question was never asked.
There was a salad vendor last year. Absolutely amazing salads– it’s likely not what you’re looking to eat on RAGBRAI but by Wednesday I’m usually sick of grease and carbs, so the greens are a welcome sight.
Beware of some charters. I’m not going to embarrass the one I used during my first Ragbrai, but it was a bad start. The charter didn’t have enough bus seats for the number of people signed on for the trip across the state to the start town, so we had to wait 3 hours for another bus to pick us all up as a group. Along the way, a different bus broke…[Read more]
I wish there was a “traveling” cell tower for the ride. The family gets nervous if I don’t check in everyday. Luckily, a text message will go through immediately or a little later in the evening after most people have gone to sleep if a call doesn’t happen.