The actual route has a pedestrian controlled stoplight crossing and the unofficial route has an underpass. Both sides believe they have a reasonable request. Should be interesting to see the outcome of the lawsuit. The argument that the street isn’t wide enough for a bike path is silly, since the Quad Cities are full of sharrow lanes.…[Read more]
Oh their decision impacts more than just Maquoketa. I feel sorry for the meeting towns coming in and exiting. Oxford Junction and Miles are directly impacted and lose out, not to mention the pass throughs. Someplace else will gain obviously. DeWitt is simply too close I believe. A 20 mile final day? My guess would go to Tipton. They have…[Read more]
I’ll start this out on the lighter side. The moment I think of is that first ride, first day, first morning seeing the unending cyclists pouring out of town and stretched across the countryside. I know that’s probably not the OH MY EYES moment you are searching for, but it is certainly the OH . . MY . . moment that is stuck in my brain and…[Read more]
I don’t have any grand stories about my first RAGBRAI and it was only a single day. The last day into Davenport in 2015, but it did set the hook and reeled me into full weeks after that. Although that wasn’t the in the cards immediately after the ride. I wasn’t prepared, it was hot, and many times further than I had ridden at one time. Since I…[Read more]
T. Gap Woo, did you forget to consult the OZ wizard? 🙂
I completely see your crystal items 1 and 2 as reality. I doubt vaccination proof will get the wheels rolling unfortunately. I think ultimately it’ll just come down to everything being normalized for the world before this happens (likely after vaccinations and improved treatments exist).
Oooo good question. I had forgotten about this. From the RAGBRAI newsletter that was sent to us when the ride was postponed. In addition, you will receive a $15 merchandise voucher good through Dec. 31, 2020.
Good point Ken. There are 5 years of archive history missing from the RAGBRAI link here.
I looked into the century rides and I’m currently reading the book that John and Ann wrote. I highly recommend it. They actually cover this topic. There has always been a century day. It was simply included as one of the day’s rides until 1986. That year Kaul…[Read more]
Now this is the kind of thing that I miss from this year. Hopefully the throng gets to return next year. Having some random question come up and being able to simply turn to countless like minded people and get lots of interesting stories. Virtual is nice, but I miss the face time with all the other riders. Asking about the Spur would never have…[Read more]
Thanks Andrea. That is an interesting bit of trivia. Interestingly the picture of that patch says nothing about Century. Was there a century patch for 1994 and perhaps this double loop was for those that did it twice? Or like you say, it took two trips to make the century. Did riders get two patches that year (a century and double loop)? I’ve…[Read more]
That is a fun tradition. Unfortunately, the only suitable dip sites are in Council Bluffs and Sioux City. It is a small river and the only other dip sites a.k.a. boat ramps are in remote locations with small gravel parking areas and roads. A couple locations are within camp grounds, but that doesn’t work for that number of riders. Officially s…[Read more]
There is some misunderstanding here. The bike path, as originally constructed, connects with Bellingham St. and crosses State St. at a stoplight with pedestrian switches on both sides. There is 1000 feet of sidewalk between the crossing and the ramp onto Duck Creek path. I have heard some say that they think they have to cross State St. (no light)…[Read more]
We have used various shower services and this has been our experience. Shower locations vary according to each host town’s layout. You can typically find a shower within walking distance or a shuttle will place you near one. The mobile shower trucks have consistent hot water. We’ve found that local facilities (schools, ymca, etc.) “tend” to be…[Read more]