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there was a radio program this morning with a poll about the ride, which would you do? over 80 % going with TJ https://www.iheart.com/podcast/487-kxno-the-morning-rush-28237133/?fbclid=IwAR0nWXjD4sC-YNcLl08PJ8EHfUHGeylDIenAhYCSdcfdeQSH7BmJ_7KfZGo
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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 busses to shuttle into town. One pass through town had only a garden hose hooked up to the back of a building, gravel parking lot, no real shade. no food in town.
started a new job on July 1, should have just asked for the week off without pay. That was RAGBRAI 11 and it even overnighted in Ames that year. Didn’t thi9nk I would miss doing it as much as i did.
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 and controlled access for non riders wanting to come in for shows. The owner of the Candy Kitchen in Wilton is sure its coming there too.
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 with the other services such as highway patrol, repair shops, FOOD on route. Each town has a closing time, based on 10 mph from the ending town. So a town 20 miles out would close at 4:00
And tonight, that reporter no longer get works for the register
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 south so doubt any of those will happen next year. 1 central so maybe RAGBRAI 50?, 2 farther north, hoping for one or both next year. So at least 3 more years, right?
Wouldn’t it be something if TJ actually used one if these sometime? And you didnt enter the guess the route contest.
“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? Or even enough to go 15-20 mph up it when I bet most were doing it at 5-10.
One time they did one on the high Trestle trail. They did ankeny to Woodward and back. I did ames to Woodward and back
I think, for me anyway, the line is drawn the there is a license plate bracket on the vehicle. Or it’s a golf cart. Then they don’t belong on the ride or in bike racks.
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 was really late when we finally got there, missed showers and most food places. Didn’t want to head out of camp anyway at that point. She got bit by something, didn’t want the ambulance ride the last 10 miles, but boy did it look bad by the time we made town. DR at ER thought it might have been a Brown Recluse bite. Now to find a state park with a nice big hill they can run us through instead of around..
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 had a lot more last year being a more central route. Sometimes we have connections for a place. Like a church in Indianola where a rider us a member. Sometimes too much space, sometimes not enough.At 6:00 we can still have a lot of bags sitting.
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