We (Team Roadshow) did our darnedest to win this year (by being the last ones into Keokuk), but the last day was so long that, even after waiting near the end for our unicyclist to catch up, there were still hundreds behind us.
I’ve often told people that bad weather makes for the best stories. Slogging through the rain and cold on “Soggy Monday” with my 2-year-old daughter on the back of my bike (1981) is a tale I’ve often told, but for the majority of days, blue skies and sunshine prevail. I carry a lightweight rain jacket and pay close attention to forecasts,…[Read more]
It’s unfortunate that the last day of RAGBRAI is so different from the first six days of the ride. After looking forward to the ride so much every year, I’ve never been able to understand the desire to rush to the end. I like to savor the last day as much as the first day.
It’s been a similar weather story here in Vermont (although not as severe as what the mid-western states have been experiencing). After finally emerging from the winter that wouldn’t end, April and May have been very wet and cold. Many fields are still covered with standing water in the river valleys. It’s going to be a challenging year for…[Read more]
One of my very favorite things about RAGBRAI is that the ride is UNLIKE most other organized tours. Whereas many rides are fully supported in a way that includes everything set up and handed to the riders along the route in such a way that riders hardly need to think for themselves, RAGBRAI, on the other hand, is a ride that allows for full…[Read more]
While Amtrak has limited space for bikes that are carried on (racks in the coach cars), you can always check your bike as baggage. Compared with flying with a bike, the cost is minimal ($15 the last time I did it). They’ll even provide a box which requires only that your handlebar is turned 90 degrees and the pedals are removed (along with a 50…[Read more]
I spent some time this morning plotting out each day’s route on Strava. The data that I came up with show considerable variation from that published on the Register’s route maps (both mileage and elevation). Overall, I came up with 495.5 miles. That total includes the Karras Loop (without the leg down to the Honey Creek resort and back).
For much of my life (on the water and on land), I have been a fan of the Bill’s Bag (which I also use for RAGBRAI). They’re simple, durable, waterproof (in case your baggage gets left out in the rain), and can be carried on your back (but not meant for long-distance hiking). I have a large one (110L) that I use for RAGBRAI, but I also have a 65L…[Read more]
I hadn’t heard about RAGBRAI back when this video was produced. At the time, I was wishing that I could be with the thousands that were crossing the country on that first Bikecentennial trans-Am adventure.
I learned about RAGBRAI in 1979, having seen a small blurb about it in a sidebar in U.S. News & World Report (I believe). In response to those…[Read more]
THANK YOU for sharing! What a wonderful story! Ah, I remember doing similar things at about the same time. So good to know that it was not uncommon! I just hope that today’s youth are so inspired! If not, they’ll just have to put up with us geezers continuing to do crazy things!
One of the things that RAGBRAI does better than any other group ride I’ve ever experienced is to engage the people and communities along the way.
With the exception of RAGBRAI, the organizers of virtually all of the organized rides I’ve participated in focus pretty much exclusively on the riders, while setting up a form of a bubble that not only…[Read more]
I would suggest that you fully immerse yourself in the experience. (i.e., don’t try to get out ahead of it) RAGBRAI runs extremely well and riding/camping/communing with the masses (including all the wonderful local people along the way) is what it’s all about.
That said, there are those who prefer to beat the heat of the day and have…[Read more]