Kind of had experience with the change in leadership on BigBam (Bike across Missouri) When it changed pass through town entertainment and beer gardens stopped. Towns didn’t know it was coming, bars and restaurants closed or way understaffed. Fewer vendors in camp, the Saturday night before nothing at all in camp. Bike or wait for the one or two…[Read more]
I think it will hit Des Moines for sure. Waterworks or state fairgrounds. I think that is where 1 camped. Fairgrounds has 1 large stage and several smaller ones. So entertainment? Check. Campground showers, restrooms and RV hookups? Yep. Food vendors? Bet a few of the ones there would open up. And the whole place can be a beer garden. And parking…[Read more]
By the first week of Feb the overnight towns will be out. full route not until months later. As for the lottery, chancers are no problem getting drawn. If by somehow you don’t, there are always people looking to sell theirs, right up until the ride starts. The route is officially open 6am-6pm. Meaning that when the sag wagons start and end, along…[Read more]
The Mardi Gras bead thing was really big about 10 years ago, so it probably started a couple before that. At one time there was another group that stuck forks in road kill. the old “stick a fork in me, i’m done” which would go back a lot farther than the beads.
The Register did a story on her not to long ago, not doing RAGBRAI but planned on doing a birthday ride of 92 miles, wish i could find the link.
I’ve done 37 now. finally got into all 99 counties a couple of years ago with the ending in Lansing. That was my goal, check off all 99. Now I see 7 where I haven’t had a overnight, or end town. 4 are…[Read more]
“In my opinion, e-bikers should use their boost to maintain the general pace with the rest of the pack, but not to move significantly faster than the pack.”
I’ll agree to that, since I hear that some can top out at 40 mph but that drains the battery pretty fast. Could you imagine that last hill this year if they had enough juice left to do that?…[Read more]
weird? or someone not paying attention.
After coming out of Geode and before the taco church. The driver ed car caught up in the bike traffic. I hope the instructor quickly realized what they did and pulled over and took over the driving until they could get out of it.
Okay, then maybe I will change the route to Oelwein, Manchester, Guttenberg. The only thing I remember about last camping in Dyersville was going directly to the hospital when we got in after leaving the last town as the sag wagons and medical people were leaving. And the first officer directing traffic outside town didn’t know where it was. It…[Read more]
One time RAGBRAI told us to figure 10×10 per tent. This year we had 80-85 people. So figured 65 tents. If we have the full 120 that’s about half a football field. plus room to park 26 ft Ryder and a SUV. It’s not an exact thing. People come and go all week. Towns assign spots but dont know what they base space needs on, last years number maybe? We…[Read more]
I think center and fig line rumbles are the new thing. Being g in Anes where the SIT us, some people gave tried to address ur with then. One suggestion was to do like on the fig line cut 10 feet, leave a 10 for gap etc. It would still let drivers know they were leaving their lane.
1995, Tama to someplace south. A little breezy, a little peadling down hill. How could uphill be easier than down? The hill is acting as a wind break. But that was the middle of the LA to DC Iowa 150. So for me it wasn’t too bad. And I got in later after a wind shift.
Potters, saw 2 people tip over from lack of momentum. That pretty much brought everything to a stop. Had to walk past that spot then got back on and rode it out. Pretty much if the hill has earned a name, it’s a “scenic” Loess Hills, the Des Moines river in the southern 2/3rds and Little Switzerland (northeast). Also South East iowa Van Buren…[Read more]
Some towns assign spots to larger groups. I dont know how the decide how much space. Sometimes the groups find spots on their own. I think RAGBRAI gave us the formula to determine space needs as average 10×10 per tent. This year about 85 people. Figured 60-70 tents. Also need to figure in space for a 26 ft truck plus a SUV.