I’m glad to see that TJ is keeping his hand in the Iowa bicycle ride game. There are certainly other states that would welcome his leadership on rides but I suppose his heart is in Iowa now and it will be difficult to move him. It sounds like a good plan, it sounds like you will actually be riding with TJ in fact! That and the other changes to the…[Read more]
I have done the same and have not received a response either. I recently emailed RAGBRAI a question and it took over a week to get a reply. That is not their normal response time and in their response they apologized and said they are swamped with email and other work right now. I have to say that I believe them and I am willing to be patient.…[Read more]
I originally made some noise about doing the ride anyway but we know a lot more now than we did then and I am no longer interested in this notion. If you live in Iowa and you comply with Iowa’s restrictions and the overnight town regulations then be my guest. I don’t think Iowa needs a big influx of outsiders right now however and I am not a…[Read more]
Not everyone uses a charter and not everyone has no need for the stimulus check. If you and your family need it, keep it, that is what it is for. But if you are able to give it away to people who do need it, consider doing that too. LawnchairMan’s idea is excellent but if you don’t use a charter there are plenty of charities that can get help to…[Read more]
I, regrettably, am becoming a fat bike rider in the one sense but not the other. My bike can run tires up to, perhaps, 2.5 inches, maybe 3 depending on the tread and casing profile. So, I can’t help you from direct experience. However, to me it seems like your riding goals will be well served by 4 or 4.8. I think the main benefits of the wider…[Read more]
These are not normal times, these are times when we must give each other all the help that we can so that we can all get through this. Every night the evening news is awash with politicians spinning their stories and almost without exception I am unimpressed with all of them. The one exception is Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot. I am not a…[Read more]
The Princess is right, as usual. When I checked early yesterday morning it was 89 days and change. After the announcement it was reset to 460 days. Surely that is higher than it has ever been before. 😭
Well, the detailed route has yet to be announced so the RAP next year could still be a RAP!
Plus, we did not have a guess the route contest this year but they could bring that back too. You would not be guessing the overnights but as many of the pass throughs as possible. And/or the two loops.
But, even if the party next year is just to…[Read more]
There are a number of hopeful things that are happening right now but there is little hope that they will be in place in time to affect the RAGBRAI 2020 decision. There are vaccines that are ready for testing, there are treatments that have been approved for use with apparently mixed results, and there are antibody tests coming out for testing to…[Read more]
The experience of the few churches that have ignored stay at home orders would say that a 2k or 3k limit would not protect the participants from the virus. You would need to have very well disbursed campgrounds with very few people in each one to get much protection. I don’t know if that is feasible. You would also have to take measures to prevent…[Read more]
We simply don’t have the data needed to assess the death rate right now. There are deaths that are falsely attributed to CV and there are deaths that are due to CV but falsely attributed to other causes. That is normal experimental error and I doubt it has much impact on the calculated death rates. It is easy to perform the tragic task of counting…[Read more]
Just remember it isn’t RAGBRAI unless the railroad runs right next to your campground!
I’m expecting a cancelation come Wednesday, a postponement at best. If there’s no RAGBRAI I’ll look for some smaller ride late in the season that might be able to run as planned. I would love to do Will to Ben but I don’t know, can an old guy tent camp in…[Read more]
He didn’t issue it as an order but yesterday the governor of Illinois said it might be wise to cancel all large public events this summer. There are starting to be signs that current efforts are flattening the curve. Yesterday the Illinois governor also said he believes Illinois is “bending” the curve. I guess that is what you say when you aren’t…[Read more]
We started watching our collection of Monk episodes this week. If you are familiar with the show you know that current events make him seem like a man ahead of his time! Anyway, the one we just started playing tonight has Willie Nelson as a guest star. In the opening scene he and the band are playing through the sound check for a concert.
I am guessing that if RAGBRAI were moved to September it would be more of a 5k than a 15k rider event and that would ease the logistics considerably. And I do not deny that the numbers in New York are starting to look better. But I believe they are still looking worse in Illinois. I’d be a lot more comfortable that a full speed ahead as planned…[Read more]