Eric – the MI route I’m considering is a close retrace of the Shoreline West route. Starting out around Luddington, and heading north up the shore through Glen Arbor, over to Traverse City, then up to Charlevois, Petosky and Mackinac City. Or possibly reversing that starting out in Mackinac City and heading south. It would be a one-way route,…[Read more]
Looking to form a small, informal touring group (no more than 4 to 6 total due to COVID) of like-minded riders.
My situation: The group I’ve been doing RAGBRAI with has sort of disbanded for 2020 and plans to regroup for 2021. I’ve suggested a homemade small DIY tour with them, and one or two might be game, but most of them are all still w…[Read more]
Larry Klaaren – you and I appear to have parallel lives at the moment. Both of my in-laws are (were in one case) in their 90’s and in locked-down nursing homes. Sadly, my wife’s dad passed 2 weeks ago today at age 96. The lock-down is necessary, but really painful for these seniors who really depend on family. In my father-in-law’s case, the…[Read more]
I like KenH’s idea of heading to a town that will serve as a home base for a few days…then doing 3 or 4 different loops starting and ending in that same town. I like my hot showers, comfy beds and AC, so I will probably go the budget hotel route. Free breakfast, free WiFi and a pool are a nice bonus. And room rates are pretty reasonable this…[Read more]
Look like every organized group cycling tour this summer is cancelled. But the road is calling, at least it is for me. And I suspect small towns across the US will be welcoming to a lone cycle tourist (or small group) passing through with money to spend on inns & restaurants…of course respecting social distancing guidelines.
BB – my feelings exactly. When I ride, I get that same feeling of freedom and adventure that I felt when I was 8 years old and first able to expand boundaries. My first bike made my world open up exponentially. That feeling of an instant expanse of time and space. I have longed for that feeling ever sense, and I feel it when I’m on my bike…[Read more]
So, are we talking about a big group (like hundreds) of riders all doing a quasi-RAGBRAI by riding the exact route on the scheduled days? If so, they probably would be frowned on and I would not want any part of that.
But I am considering getting together with a few friends and doing a “home grown” 6 or 7 day route, probably circular, and…[Read more]
Why twist the knife? I don’t think there is any need for that. He may not have handled it perfectly, but he’s trying to make things right. I think he should be given the benefit of the doubt. He’s not some slick, well-funded corporation with lawyers and a PR department. He’s a small business person who has worked his ass off to deliver a…[Read more]
This isn’t about the original poster and whatever miscommunication you two may have had. Lots of people here are very confused, and your subsequent posts aren’t making things easier. Two simple suggestions:
1. Set aside for a moment the one individual you spoke to, and for all your other current…[Read more]
With 459 days to train, I’m shooting for being in shape enough to ride the whole route in 1 day (a little joke). I will miss RAGBRAI this year though, but I’ve skipped a year before, so this isn’t all that bad. The worst part for me is I will officially retire in 2 weeks, and was seriously planning on doing the Iowa double-cross.
Statement fro IR IOWA’S RIDE UPDATE (April 20, 2020)
Our priority to keep everyone safe. A bike ride is never that important. We also know that the start of Iowa’s Ride is still close to 3 months away, so it is still early to decide at this point. We will remain hopeful that the health risks will subside towards the end of summer. Again, our top…[Read more]