These days? My growing girth! It is apparently something that I, like many of his male descendants, inherited from my maternal grandfather. The fact that I undertrained the last two years and suffered a bit for it in Iowa helps too….
The Register will undercut both of your prices, for anyone who is willing to wait. The announcement livestream itself is interesting enough to watch if it is free but it doesn’t command much of a price if it is pay for view since all the information will be available soon after for free. It has to be because registered riders have a need to know…[Read more]
We get it, you don’t like RAGBRAI, you don’t need help from anyone, you see everything as a scam and look for ways to get you some of that action. Probably you should do some other ride but you are welcome at RAGBRAI and we hope that some day you will finally get it and mellow out a little. Not completely, a little would be enough.
You know, a lot of people I know and love were quick to jump ship with TJ. I forgive them all along with him. He screwed up, big time, but good people do that sometimes. I know that I have. For that matter, I myself was convinced that RAGBRAI was done for, the Register and their corporate parent couldn’t really have any interest in continuing it,…[Read more]
My point is that I am choosing to support the IBC through the RAGBRAI route announcement party livestream because the jobs and the work at the IBC are worth supporting. If RAGBRAI had chosen to support some other charitable work instead I likely would have made the same decision. I don’t have enough money to get everyone through this crisis, I…[Read more]
IBC may not be a charity in the usual sense but it’s activities benefit people of all economic levels and those benefits are significant enough to be regarded as acts of charity. But it is missing the point to question the donation to IBC on the grounds that IBC is not what you define as a charity. While IBC is not huge it does have a small staff…[Read more]
I’m not an Iowan but I seldom hear anything but praise about the IBC whose efforts certainly benefit RAGBRAI as well as the general bicycle riding environment in Iowa. The pandemic has hit them hard and the live attendees at the annual route party are a significant source of fundraising for them in a typical year. This would not be the first…[Read more]
The on the road again theme was produced in 2019 when TJ was still one of us and any mention of Covid would have been met with the question “what’s a Covid??” Given what quickly unfolded after the logo came out, whether you like the design or not “on the road again” is the perfect theme for the next RAGBARI which we all hope will take place this year.
Well, while the rider with the ponytail and guitar does look a little Nelson-esque it could be anyone, any gender. So, by itself the logo graphic’s tie in to Willie is a little loose. However, the 2020 jersey and the the 2020 cycling cap both have the tagline “on the road again” on the back and in the minds of a great many that just screams Willie…[Read more]
I carried my registration over from 2020 and I have checked it on the new registration site. I’m in and I too expect to be a retired dude by the end of July. My team is too small to support bringing the motorhome this year so I expect to be camping. With a charter, with a team we have coordinated with in years past, or with the RAGBRAI baggage…[Read more]
One year I did the gravel loop twice to bring it to a century because I was driving the team vehicle on century day. So I am not opposed to an 80 mile first day even though I don’t expect to have a team vehicle to drive this year. It will be jumping right in the deep end for us all but we can handle that! I just hope we are not seeing the…[Read more]
I did not read the fine print but I don’t think that I have to in order to answer your question. If you register you will have until April 1 to change your mind and still get a full refund. Even those of us who are carryovers from last year have that right. So, RAGBRAI can change anything they want, any time they want up until that date and you…[Read more]
I heard a report on the local news last night that we are expected to reach herd immunity in the US by May of next year as the result of the vaccines. Another said that upwards of a third of us could be vaccinated by January. Both are speculative of course but the signs are looking good right now.
I have no memory of noticing Fulton, IL, before and I tend to think that I would remember it if I had noticed it since it plays off the DeWitt and Clinton town names. It makes sense that people living near such an important river used for transportation would honor those who developed the technology that made it so economically successful.
Canals were not used for all that long before railroads began to replace them. An early steam locomotive on the Mohawk and Hudson railroad was named in his honor, it is said, but I have to wonder if it wasn’t also an attempt to tweak his nose a little? The locomotive only lasted about two years, the railroad eventually became part of the New…[Read more]
I didn’t go looking for the drop dead date, but it can be found in a link in the Makquoketa thread. That takes you to the minutes of a recent DeWitt city council meeting and it is long so skip down to the second paragraph from the end. Also in the Makquoketa thread is a link to an announcement that DeWitt will be its replacement but I have not…[Read more]
The vaccine news has been all good lately. It won’t be in full deployment by March 15 (if that really is the decision date) but I think by then it will be clear whether the vaccine will be fully online in time or not. I am still thinking RAGBRAI will roll next year.
I doubt that they would dump Clinton as an end town. We have done Anamosa to Clinton before in 2012, my first RAGBRAI. But that would leave us a day short. So you would expect that they have to add an overnight town before or after Anamosa. Taking a cue from last year they could add either Muscatine or Davenport as overnight towns, then ride up…[Read more]