One other point – your packing list could dramatically change based on the forecast going into the week. I typically have my essentials sorted, packed and ready to go. But clothing, especially rain gear and warmer stuff I will hold off on till the last minute. If the forecast shows little to no rain and pretty warm, I just power through it and…[Read more]
The need to mask in hospital (surgical in particular) conditions predates COVID. Hospitals are filled with people who are both sick and vulnerable, both now and long before we ever heard the term COVID. The workers there are (and have always been) constantly exposed to potential viral and bacterial threats, and they are in turn exposing…[Read more]
I’m not riding with them…might bump into them on the road, but I’m riding my own ride, and it’s bike not a copter. They are completely on their own. All I can do is offer fatherly advice…which he probably won’t take anyway.
I would guess that missing the truck one time results in a strong lesson learned. Veterans rarely, if ever, oversleep and miss the truck. But college kids plus lots of beer…that’s a wildcard. Main reason for the question is I’m kind of freak about contingency planning. Most of my adult life, I ask “what are the most likely things that could…[Read more]
Matt Ridell – no disrespect, but everything you posted I already know. And that wasn’t even the question. I am fully aware that the trucks roll out at 8 AM. I was not asking for a copy paste of the rule…I accept the rule, and am not questioning it. I am only asking for practical suggestions for what a rider could do in the unlikely event…[Read more]
I’ve ridden 5 times, always with a charter. They do a great job of jousting everyone to get a move-on. My 22 year old son has ridden with me 3 of those years, the first time when he was 13. He also rode as a bagger (with wristband) one year because he likes to sleep in. Anyway, he has organized a team of about 10 college friends who are going…[Read more]
You are correct about buying stuff as-needed along the way. I didn’t fully understand this on my first two RAGBRAIs, and way overpacked. Things like sunblock (you go through a lot of it), I needed to bring some but not 2 huge bottles. More recently, I grabbed enough for the first couple of days, then replenished at Casey’s. Another thing I…[Read more]
Meat packing. Well, that right there is a great reason to skip an event that you purport to enjoy greatly. Here’s the thing. If someone were to research every buying decision you made for a month, and then dug deep enough, I am sure you spend plenty of money on products that somewhere on the chain were not aligned with your values…or worse.…[Read more]
RAGBRAI extending the deadline for registration would be a data point that might indicate lighter than normal registrations so far. Could be pervasive “wait and see” syndrome. Conventional wisdom seems to suggest lighter than normal attendance this year, due to lingering concerns over COVID.
I don’t ride with an organized team, but there is a…[Read more]
Hi – I will be on a road bike this year, but I have ridden a few prior RAGBRAIs on a recumbent due to a physical condition that I have since gotten taken care of. Here is a very useful thread from about a year ago with some great tips.
I jumped on the gravel bike bandwagon right after RAGBRAI 2019 and bought a titanium Lynskey GR270. I thought of this bike as kind of a Swiss army knife bike – a good functional machine for road riding, gravel riding (obviously), and light touring. The plan was to ride it on RAGBRAI 2020, but that didn’t pan out.
It’s so heartwarming to see all the “looking for rides” posts popping up again. OMG, this is really going to happen! The past 12 months have been horrific. We lost friends, family and in some cases jobs. But it really feels like it’s lifting…finally. Getting RAGBRAI back has been such a mood changer, and I think the right decision.
Agree that assigned start windows may not be followed or enforceable. I believe this was one of many ideas that are being considered for feasibility. Not something that has been definitively decided upon.
The discussion here is helpful, but the over the top gloom & doom negativism isn’t. There are valid reasons to think the virus might be…[Read more]
I will never understand why anyone would choose to ride bandit. RAGBRAI credentials are not that expensive, actually downright cheap compared to many other group tours. The rationalization that bandits frequently use is that they don’t utilize the baggage truck and concerts, so they don’t feel as though they should have to pay for it. That’s…[Read more]
You want safety insured? Good luck with that. Safety wasn’t “insured” (or assured for that matter) in 2019 or 2009 or 1979. 12k riders crank across Iowa and bad stuff will inevitably happen, and has. Accidents, heart attacks, and yes…innocent non-riding people in towns take on some risk too. Communicable diseases have been around for as…[Read more]