Matt – Everything you said was spot on. I imagine there will be many riders proud of themselves upon reaching Mason City to cap off their first century.
Joseph – You mentioned you’ve been off route before so here’s a thought. Pocahontas to Algona is 46 miles. Algona to Mason City is 54 miles. You could complete each of those days on a single…[Read more]
Who knows what the route will be. But it will certainly not be the perfect M themed route – Missouri Valley -> Maple River (Carroll) -> (E)mmetsburg -> Mason City -> Marshalltown -> Marion -> Mt Pleasant -> Fort Madison
Because that would be too awesome! A man can dream.
Looks like Ragbrai is 8 days now. Maybe an organized route to the Missouri river on the first Saturday or perhaps a loop beginning and ending at the first overnight town. Or both I guess. Sounds like fun if true.
I recall Lake City had concrete barriers blocking Hwy 175 and directing us through a neighborhood to get to downtown. But I would say forced is perhaps too strong of a word. Anyone with a good sense of direction could have turned onto any side street and made their own way. And upon entering most towns I saw riders ask local law enforcement for…[Read more]
Wow. Not one but two long-winded posts that do nothing to address the fact that ISP closed a town before they were supposed to. Didn’t affect me because I’m an early riser that uses GP5000 tyres, LOL! But I sympathize with those that are not early risers and do their best riding in the PM. There’s more than one way to enjoy RAGBRAI.
Lytton doesn’t stick out to me. Was that the first town with pie? And sorted by flavor? I guess the first town with pie always gets bonus points. I thought Ackley was a great breakfast town and Alden was a great afternoon town. I must be partial to the A towns.
We left quite early on the first day and there were noticeably fewer riders. But…[Read more]
It feels great to be able to say RAGBRAI is NEXT month, but I haven’t seen many details of the gravel route. I can’t see it on the interactive map so I don’t know which roads will be used and how many miles of gravel it will be.
My Aunt lives in Iowa Falls so I could leave a bike there and I briefly thought about switching from the gravel to the…[Read more]
That’s pretty spot on Chris. I find that 2:30 AM is a great time to use the toilet and send texts, emails, etc. Not at the same time though, that would be gross. I have AT&T and don’t even attempt to use my phone during the day, except for Strava which works even on airplane mode.
If you are going to Minnesota then Walker would be a good spot. Two long rail trails intersect near Walker. You could make Walker the home base and have a long ride in each of the 4 directions. To Cass Lake and the Migizi trail around the lake then back to Walker is about 50 miles. To Bemidji and back is about 70 miles. To Park Rapids and…[Read more]
Devils advocate here – Ragbrai XLVIII is not cancelled but postponed to 2021. In theory Bubba could use that angle to avoid giving full refunds. But since Bubba references that Ragbrai 2020 is cancelled it appears he’s not using that approach.
Reality is this is a unique situation that calls for full refunds for downpayments on Ragbrai 2020.…[Read more]
What a great gesture by RAGBRAI. Who knows if this came through DMR or if it’s RAGBRAI trying to distance themselves from DMR (who wouldn’t?). I’ll take it at face value and say kudos to RAGBRAI for making the donation.
Just unbelievable. How much of my registration goes to the DMR? I may need to reconsider. The most amazing part is that Aaron Calvin’s old tweets are WORSE than Carson’s old tweets. I would think that if you are trying to find dirt by digging through old tweets that you would delete your OWN tweets first.
Since our vehicle was parked in Bluegrass we found a sweet little tire dip spot just before Montpelier. There was no sign for it but I happened to see it as we were riding by. Might have been only 3-4 other riders there doing the same thing. At the time I wondered why more weren’t taking advantage of the opportunity. Now I’m really glad we…[Read more]