You must have at least 3 people in a group to request a vehicle pass. If there are only 2 of you, you won’t have that option. You can always look for one on the message boards – they do become available.
Having a picture on your phone of medical history/medications doesn’t do much good if you’re unconscious and unable to unlock your phone. If you have a medical conditions/taking any prescriptions, maybe better to have an actual copy of that on you (jersey pocket?) somewhere.
I grew up in rural northwest Iowa. The first time I heard the term corn bears was on RAGBRAI. In fact, I’ve never heard it used outside of RAGBRAI. I spent a lot of time in cornfields in my youth detassling corn, and corn bears were not a thing back then.
There is no check in. You can arrive whenever you want. You’ll be behind the main pack, but I bet there will be plenty of people still leaving at that time. Are you carrying all your gear on your bike with you? The RAGBRAI baggage trucks will be long gone by that time.
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.