Plans are uncertain at this point of course. As they firm up I will look at PBV. Their rates are a little too rich for my blood for the whole week but 2 or 3 days would be manageable and of course PBV is another RAGBRAI institution that would be nice to experience at least once! Transportation would not be an issue in my case.
It is just another silly tradition that helps make RAGBRAI RAGBRAI!
The last couple of years it had almost seemed to have died out. I was happy to see it return to some extent this year. I don’t know when the practice started or peaked or who was responsible since I only go back to 2012 but it was quite a popular “ritual” the first few years that I rode.
Next year might be a little different for me because my teammates probably all need to bail out for the last two or three days. I might end up using the Register baggage truck the last few days and sleeping in the general campground, something I have never done. Or I might see if the Riverbend Club/charter can accommodate me the last few days. I…[Read more]
I enjoyed the expo. It would be nice if it were a big cycling show but other venues get those and I don’t suppose we are enough to change that. They are geared more towards the reseller’s buyers than towards us anyway. It would be nice if nearby manufacturers would attend at least. HED was there, we had a nice long talk with them at their booth.…[Read more]
I don’t have any guesses about the route at this point and generally when I reach the point that I do they are all wrong anyway! But I have to think that Burlington would consider their chance to be an overnight town this year to be a success. It might not be a feature every year or next year but I suspect we will see that kind of a route again,…[Read more]
Ebikes will naturally amplify the bad habits of their riders. If the rider has none, and a lot do not, this is not a problem. But some do have bad habits and up to an extra 750 Watts makes them more of an issue. But just as it is unfair to stereotype all fast riders it is unfair to stereotype all ebike riders. I do think ebikes are going to become…[Read more]
I would not know how to quantify this mathematically and as an engineer that bothers me but the hills on southern routes just seem more wearing to me than their number and height would indicate. I do know that if you did not get enough hills this year then your should have ridden the gravel loop. There was a well packed trail for skinny tired road…[Read more]
On your left is not unique to cycling. I don’t know who originated the term but I do know that the first time I heard it was at the Jackson Hole ski resort in Wyoming in the 1970’s. I was taking a cross trail to get from one chairlift served area to another and for the very first time ever I heard a voice behind me say “on your left”. Skiers will…[Read more]
I had another grand week in Iowa thanks to TJ, his team, and everyone else along the route who contributed to the planning and execution of this ride. My team’s battle plan for the week did not survive entirely intact. The official RAGBRAI battle plan for the week also showed signs of strain. Military professionals will tell you that no battle…[Read more]
Statistics are depersonalized summaries of information. I don’t believe they can violate HIPAA since there is no way to tie them back to individuals. We do not get injury statistics for this ride however and I am sure that is because the Registers lawyers do not want it released. I wish we lived in a world where this information could be released…[Read more]
There is a disconnect about the meaning of “on your left”. It literally means what it says, I am about to pass you on your left. It is intended to be a polite gesture so that you know another rider is about to pass you. Very commonly it has come to mean GET OUT OF MY WAY!! I’ve had people SCREAM on your left at me when I am at the very left edge…[Read more]
If you look you will see signs that roads have been patched in anticipation of our arrival in many places. But not everything can be done. We bring in welcome money to local economies but not enough to pay for new roads from “coast” to “coast” across Iowa! Sometimes minor patching will go a long way to improve rider safety with little impact on…[Read more]
I had a great time and found plenty of Iowans who seemed delighted to have us. Especially in Keokuk where we have been so long in coming back. I had one who expressed his anger at our presence, so inarticulately that I could not understand what he said, and that is it. A few years ago the Cubs won the World Series. On the celebration day in…[Read more]
I had a great time in every town I rode through and stayed in this year. From talking to the townspeople they seemed uniformly excited to have us come through. The people of Keokuk were particularly delighted as it has been so long. There were special things to do and see everywhere but generally not enough time to see them all. I had one bad…[Read more]
I’m not a huge fan of fungi but a mushroom omelette don’t sound too bad. I prefer a nice Farm Kids breakfast bowl or a local fundraiser pancake breakfast first thing in the morning. But an omelette for SECOND breakfast? Capital idea!!
How can I eat all that and still ride all day? Well, if I DON’T eat like…[Read more]
Occasionally we park our RV in a quiet campground and if we do we shut the generator down overnight. When we are in the RV campground we do what all the other RV owners do. If generator noise bothers you then you want to avoid that campground! However, generator noise is actually worst inside the RV although that is compensated for by the fact…[Read more]
If you are careful to ride within your capabilities you should be fine. If you have children along you must be very careful with them, especially if they have a history of not being willing to say so when they are in distress. You know your children, I do not, but just be careful of believing “I’m OK” when you think they are not!
I don’t know how much predictions vary and it is still a little early to put much stock in them but the Accuweather predictions for each overnight town next week are currently in the mid to high 80’s. That is pretty typical RAGBRAI weather and if you slow down, manage your hydration properly, and take cooling breaks when you need them it will be…[Read more]