Follow up: I found a used WeeHoo trailer on Craig’s List, and bought the nephew bike shorts and a jersey for his birthday. We’ve taken our first ride, and he LOVES it! He keeps telling me we need to train for RAGBRAI. When we were on our first ride, he told me it was good I had him along because he pushed us up the hills. We made it 13.7 miles our…[Read more]
My very first RAGBRAI (XXVI in 1998) included the longest day I have ridden on RAGBRAI without doing the loop – Cedar Falls to Monticello, official mileage was 92 miles. I had a few extra getting to and from camp.
In my 17 RAGBRAI’S, campground quiet has never been enforced. I don’t expect this to change. I agree with what Mootsman posted above – don’t expect RAGBRAI to change for you. You’ll need to change your expectations.
We have been fortunate to have a support driver each year, so we never stay in the main campground. We always opt for the quiet campground if there is one. I’m a white noise sleeper and not having white noise (i.e. my fan) makes sleeping difficult for me. Yes, I have a battery operated fan, but it does not produce near enough white noise. A g…[Read more]
While I would sleep much better in a hotel room than I would in my tent, I would not be willing to spend that kind of money for this service. Too cost prohibitive for my husband and myself. We usually have our own support driver, so if we really wanted to stay in hotels, we would just drive ourselves there.
I use a battery pack to charge my phone. It was fully charged when we left and it lasted me all week. I also keep my phone in airplane mode while riding to conserve the battery, and I turn it off completely at night.
I believe the sag wagon comes along and picks up any bikes that were left after an accident (these are the bikes you see with the bright pink ribbon tied to them and no riders with them.) I don’t know what happens to the bikes from there.
The “boring, empty countryside” is one of the draws of RAGBRAI for me. I grew up in Iowa, and think it’s a beautiful state, and I have seen more of it on RAGBRAI than I ever did while living in Iowa. Vendors being out in the country between towns aren’t what makes the ride fun for me. I had no trouble finding water bottle fill stations in pass…[Read more]
As far as camping locations go, what did you expect in towns the size of the overnight towns this year? Ames and Iowa City are bigger, but the rest are small towns with very limited space. I’m not sure where you expected a charter the size of PBV to camp in those towns. If you want to be closer to the action, go with a smaller charter.
The Bix has been around almost as long as RAGBRAI. It’s a huge deal in Davenport. I don’t think Davenport should host both on the same day – too much for a town even the size of Davenport. RAGBRAI will always take second fiddle to the Bix.
We waited for 45 minutes in the line to dip our tires. Probably the longest we’ve ever waited in my 17 rides…[Read more]
I asked Sigourney prior to RAGBRAI if they would have a designated quiet campground. The answer was Legion Park (where the pool was located.) Interestingly enough, it was not designated as a quiet campground on the map. When we arrived, it was very clear it was in no way a quiet campground. Fortunately, those camping close to us were very quiet…[Read more]
Is your charter recommending a tire or a tube? I’ve had to have a tire replaced once on RAGBRAI, but a bike shop was able to accommodate that. I carry a spare tube in my bike bag, but have never brought a spare tire.