As far as charging along the way. I see some people try, but the limited number of plugs and the large number of people, I would not plan on that. Most of the time you do not get a chance to rest next to an outlet anywhere. I think I remember a few cell charging tents in a few towns sponsored by google. That may be an option. Having it fully…[Read more]
The baggage trucks that RAGBRAI supplies is not a bad option for moving your bag. A small two person tent does not take up much space. At this point, the weather looks good but I do not want to jinks it.
Have you seen any maps where the church’s and other org’s have the food menu’s? I think that they were on the back of these type of paper maps. Always love the chicken noodles, mashed potatoes and Pie.
In many years past, right when you go into the towns, you can pick up a map of the town with a lot of info. Some of the good info is what church’s or other org. have dinners and what they have. Often the town before will have them for the next town. It is really nice to use these to plan ahead when you have a bus or RV and with a group of people.
Yes, no backpack . Everything you need is along the way. Only need for a bike lock is at overnight town if you ride uptown later to prevent you bike from just being an easy ride for someone. A simple bike lock with a small cable. My brother and I just lock ours together to prevent the easy ride off. If by yourself, just lock the wheel to the…[Read more]
I am starting to be an old timer but not as old as my dad who is also doing it at 76. I think this will be his 25th time and he is still excited and looking forward to it as the rest of our family. It has changed over the years but I am sure it will still be a great experience. Only thing is it is a week long event so if you have to wait a few…[Read more]
Post what time you would be available for pick-up and you will likely get lucky. Most riders are very friendly and would not mind giving you a ride for free or for a beer as long as it is not too for out of their way and about the time they would be coming through. Only thing for the week is no whining? This ride is still one of the most…[Read more]
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]