It’s easier and runs smoother than you’d expect. This will be the 47th year, so the machine is well worn in and runs amazingly well. There are lines and you will wait but eventually you’ll be at the front. I don’t advise riding ahead to beat the group, as many of the amenities you’ve mentioned roll with the masses each day to the next town.
Great writeup for Padre’s. Unfortunately for those who haven’t signed up with them already, their page says they are sold out. I’ve used Bubba’s for the last four years and most of the Padre amenities are also available with Bubba. Smaller footprint than PBV and the service has been good.
“We don’t have an official route from Onawa to the river. The Missouri River is approx 6 miles away. We are bringing the river to Onawa! We will have a water truck our local fire department will fill with Missouri River water to drive thru before leaving town. Highway 175 from Onawa to Decatur, NE will b…[Read more]
Hazel to 284th looks like even a better option than my original. If you’re adverse to gravel though, I wouldn’t consider it. I sent a message to the Onawa’s RAGBRAI Facebook page asking whether they have established routes or locations for those who want to dip. I’ll share their response if/when.
There appear to be a couple of directions to dip that avoid 175. I plan on taking this route but it will not be paved the entire way, if that matters to you, but there should be less traffic. – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26797192
My take on the route, which will be updated along the way, is here. I agree with Tim Tysver that Muscatine is the way to avoid Cedar County. Teams could use 218>22 into Muscatine for meetups and 61 to Davenport – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26202721
Plenty of literature to support that simply the width of the tire doesn’t equate more speed. Suppleness of the tire plays a greater roll (pun intended). For RAGBRAI a quality 25-28mm is plenty sufficient. There are several good brands but I lean toward Continental and Schwalbe in those sizes.
If you plan to do the gravel route, perhaps more…[Read more]
BUBBA’S PAMPERED PEDALERS 250 riders
Pros: Big stand-up tent and air mattress set-up/take-down and luggage service, dedicated kybo’s, morning coffee, snacks and cold non-alcoholic beverages and shower towels are provided!
Cons: NO hot showers (how far does that mean I will have to travel?)
Unsure about beverages or snacks. 30 lb weight limit per…[Read more]