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If you insist on not letting a charter set up your tent I strongly recommend you set up at night in the pouring rain for practice. Then you’ll read the charter recommendation and sign up. I realize that it’s a bit of money to get a charter to set up your tent, but they also haul your stuff so there is no looking for bags in the rain or getting in line to put your bag on a truck. You just walk/ride away in the morning and at the end of the ride your stuff is in your tent, all set up, like magic. This allows more time for socializing and enjoying what RAGBRAI is all about, people, music, food, drink and Iowa.
It’s never too early to start, and no you are right on schedule. You will hear of people who don’t train at all making the ride, and you can usually spot them struggling even on the flats. It’s best to be in as good a shape as you can be so you can enjoy the ride, the towns and the people. Though it sounds daunting now in a few months you’ll be looking at a 50 mile ride as a nice afternoon ride and the 100 mile days as a great day with friends. Remember, it’s not a race and there are plenty of places to stop, drink, eat, socialize and take a nap. Don’t panic, just do your best and you will be fine.
Best wishes on a speedy recovery. Remember you are a tough, fit, well humored man who will be ahead of the recovery curve (kurb) established by whinny couch potatoes. Plus this gives you a great excuse to book some extra time with the PBV massage therapist. Look forward to seeing you under the big tent next summer.
The key to riding in such a large crowd is to be aware of your surroundings, your skill level, the skill level of those around you and what the expected rules are. Ragbrai has veterans who ride daily in groups, word class racers and rookies who are lucky if they rode 20 miles before Ragbrai. That said, I prefer to act as if all those I do not normally ride with are lacking in knowledge and skills of drafting, riding a straight line or having their blood alcohol content drop below 0.2. I strive to be tolerant of of others riding style.
I see Ragbrai as an event which is won by the person who collected the most fun points, met the most interesting people, ate the best food, gathered the best memories and gave more than they took. There is much to be gained by riding with a septuagenerian and listening to their stories of life. Riding next to a tandem with a 12 year old stoker and chatting about their perspective of the ride. Staying on under the shade of a big oak tree chatting with a homesteader who came from Alaska just for the ride. If a pace line is part of your fun, remember that the there is a reason why the rules and safety people at Ragbrai do not like them, statistically they are part of many otherwise avoidable accidents. I am impressed that you can ride a steady 28 miles per hour, good for you, just remember there are 10,000 more riders on that road some who are setting out to ride more than 50 miles in a day for the first time in their lives, some who have much experience, but are impaired by dehydration, alcohol, or too much Beekman’s and that is Ragbrai, and yes, you are a part of it. I look forward to meeting you next year, I have much to learn from others, star gazing could become my next hobby, maybe we’ll be able to talk as you and your new mate pass me by. I’ll the the slow guy on the right side enjoying the ride.
My prayer are with Jennifer and Jamie.
I remember having a blow up chair in the 70’s, on a hot day you would just stick to it, then slide off, yuck. I jut know the Princes is too cool to sweat so it might just work for her.
No, I don’t think Mich gets paid, but he does seem to know all the crew well. I rode with PBV along with my 22 year old son and 18 year old daughter last year and I must say it was worth every penny. There area many extras with PBV and maybe you don’t need them, but in my case they made the trek across Iowa very pleasant. Maybe I’ll try another charter some day, but for now I’ll echo Mitch.
I think I’m leaning towards an it, maybe a troll it.
Maybe we need to give her her own forum section. Kind of like the suggestion box in my office thats attached to a shredder.
What ever kind of bag you get will be banged up and looking like a veteran of a drop down Everest at the end of the week, so don’t get too attached to the new look. Best advise is to make sure it stands out. Put bright duct tape stripes and lots of them so you can see your bag in a stack 6 ft tall, 20 ft wide and 60 ft long. Watch the informational video on this site under About RAGBRAI, what to pack section.
Let’s not forget the camping part, for those who will not be in houses, or paying a service to set up and take down your tent. Drive to a local park set up your gear go for a ride come back, and sleep over. You can lear a great deal about your gear with that one “training exercise.” Don’t bail if it rains, stick it out, it’s the best way to find out if your gear is up to snuff for a weeks worth of living in. Not being ready to camp can make for a miserable week. Last year I ran in to a couple that were having trouble setting their tent up on Saturday, they were very unhappy with each other and all I could think about was they hadn’t even started riding.
I predict weather, and lots of it. “Weather forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.” George Carlin. What he omitted was light periods of pie eating with scattered corn and pork chops followed by doses of Kurb Beer until the cycle starts over again.
Let’s bring this back up to the top, it’s in 17 hours or so. The last one was informative and fun.
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