I’ve ridden the last 4 and this was the 2nd hilliest imo (WAAAAY behind 2016). I actually think the route had an excellent mix of hills and flat that kept everything interesting.
I do think that we are being lied to about the distance/climb. I rode over 60 miles over the advertised distance. Some of that is getting to and from host homes but…[Read more]
I really didn’t enjoy days 6 or 7 this year, especially riding back to Geode with the headwind. IMO day 7 should be a fun victory cruise to the finish and the most fun day 7 possible is Muscatine with it’s all-day downhill rollers. So I hope we finish there somehow.
It’s a strange thing; I can’t smell body odor coming off of (most) people on RAGBRAI, even though everyone must smell. I think your nose just gets used to the natural smell of human. That smells out of place to us normally because we live in an unnatural soaped and perfumed world.
I’ve ridden 3 years with hardly any close encounters on the road. I feel like i was more likely to get buzzed by jerks my first year but that’s probably because i was not experienced riding in such dense crowds (maybe i wasn’t holding my line, maybe i was moving left to pass when someone even faster was also trying to pass). If you’re getting in…[Read more]
And that’s not to say that I was miserable day 1 or that I did not have a giant “RAGBRAI **** YEAH!” grin on my face all day. But I do think that day 1 was less fun and had a feeling of missing…something. It’s entirely standard in the adult world to try to identify what makes an experience more or less enjoyable so that the experience can be…[Read more]
I was not trying to say that Day 1 was boring, empty countryside; i was trying to say that Day 1 was boring in that it was just empty countryside. I tried to use a colon to separate “boring”, which I intended only to describe the noun “Day” and the noun “countryside” which I only intended to be modified by the adjective “empty”. As most of the…[Read more]
Also, I like to drink 40oz of water in each town as a rule (empty each of my 20oz bottles, then refill). If there are 15k riders that drink/fill up with 24oz of water (2 bottles) in each town that’s 30k empty plastic bottles per town, a totally unnecessary environmental catastrophe.
We didn’t see any in Turin so we asked a volunteer in Soldier and were told that there was no free bottle fill. Also water bottles were $2 in Soldier. Not a huge deal but nobody likes being treated like a living credit card.
My girlfriend’s parents could only ride on day 1 and they were pretty excited after our tales of all the fun things to do along the route in town and out in the countryside. But then day 1, there was just nothing to do outside of the towns, no vendors even. So we rode 12 miles between towns with nothing to do out there, no place to get…[Read more]
Hardest climb was along the 8.3 mile extra ride to get to camp after Sigourney. Toughest along the route had to be one of the ones from Baxter to Newton. Those hills were tough, there was a headwind, the afternoon heat, and the effects of too much partying at Mr PorkChop/in Baxter after the first 55 miles of the day had been so easy.