These are difficult times and no one is winning. The ride was postponed and the rider wants the money back. Bubba did not postpone the ride, Ragbrai did but really mother nature if that is it. Bubba will still supply the services when the ride takes place or willing to switch it to another ride which seems fair. I have used Bubba in the past…[Read more]
Our backup is in Northern Indiana. amishlandlakes.com. They have a three day option and also includes a century. Also the price is right and if you get signed up early enough hotels are still available.
I give it an 70% chance that it will go on. I think the towns need a month to prep so we need to be on the other side of the curve by then. Unless you lock everything down for a month which is impossible. Not the president, dems, or repubs could make this happen. It is the US culture of Freedom. When I say lock down I mean lock down. This…[Read more]
Think of long term for the week. Each day is more like several 15 mile rides. The first 15 miles will be slow with everyone getting out and depending upon the time you leave. After that, it will pick up. I like the road bike but that is what I normally ride. If you ride a decent pace on your road bike and keep the position comfortable, do…[Read more]
There are always enough spots to park RV’s. School parking lots. fairground fields, and many others. Most RV’s leave early in the morning and are set up by noon before almost anyone gets in. Agree that there are a few late people but these seem to be more buss’s than RV’s. Just plan to leave a bit early and look at the towns on the RAGBRAI…[Read more]
During the ride is not an issue with theft until after 6 PM uptown. We also have high end bikes. If you go uptown at night, we just lock a few of our together. I use a gun lock that has about an 1/8″ cable a few feet long and a very small key lock. Just send it through the back wheels and the frames. When done, Coil it up and it easily fits…[Read more]
I have used a few and if you do not mind roughing it a bit, OOS is less expensive and enjoy the entertainment in town and the local churches or other organizations food. Bubba’s is a step up and failry good. Set up tents and take you across the state at the beginning. It is nice if you park in the end town so you can leave when you get done.…[Read more]
The other benefit is a bathroom that my mom likes much compared to the other options. Especially in the middle of the night. Also a shower is nice. Does not take long, basically a quick rinse off. We do not even turn on hot water. The 75 F water in the tank is good enough. We are joking with my nephew that he will sleep in a tent next to the…[Read more]
Should of mentioned that my dad has done it over 25 times and still loves it. I have also done several and used other sleeping options. Charters are nice that put up and down you tents but a little more expensive. Doing your own tent in the rain in the morning is not a lot of fun but usually only happens about once. Setting it up in the…[Read more]
We have done it several times and doing it again with an RV Makes it very nice especially if it is raining through the night or in the morning. There will be 1000’s of RV/Buss types. You may be able to get electrical hook-ups one or two nights if lucky and get out real early but most of them are in open fields, school parking lots etc. There…[Read more]
If you want to stay on the low cost side. OOS or out of staters is a good group. they charger you across for about 160 and then another 200 for the week but take care of a lot of things for you. All of the chargers have great web pages so you can pick what you want to pay and what you get. Next up is Bubba’s. With them, you do not need a…[Read more]
Only worry about theft is when they are leaned up next to a bar for someone to easily grab just to ride back. They usually turn up but it will not make a good night or morning. We just use a simple gun lock which is a small key lock with a thin wire just long enough to go through two frames and the back wheels. Just enough to make them look for…[Read more]
Something for everyone. My dad, now just turned 75 drives the motorhome for my brother, nephew, and me. Everyone has fun. We normally get back and clean-up a bit and rest. then find a local place to eat. Every church usually has some type of dinner or local eateries are awesome. You also have venders that follow so food is never an issue. Then…[Read more]
Agree 100% with John. Do not spend money on rain gear but just on something that will keep you warm and a few zip-lock bags to keep things dry like a wallet and phone. A very light wind breaker does wonders for keeping the wind from going through you. It also folds up and goes in a back pocket easy.
I am sure someone like OOS or Bubba will have a transfer since they are doing both routes. Down to 8 days left for route. There will also likely be a few others that might be able to catch a ride from.
Hoping to do both weeks. I did it with my dad, brother and nephew last year but they are doing ride the rockies this year and not sure if my dad will bring the motorhome. If he does not work out I will be looking for some riders. Was thinking of OOS if he can not make it but would consider another group. I am from IL and do many rides. Once…[Read more]