I ride RAGBRAI because some friends talked me into it in 2012. I had never heard of it in spite of having lived in neighboring states (WI and IL) the entire time it has run. I had no particular desire to do it, but I did have the desire to do things with my friends so why not?
Now I do RAGBRAI because I have done RAGBRAI and I know that it is a…[Read more]
I think Bernard needs to be a little more detailed in his route guesses. What about important features like locations for Mr. Porkchop, Farm Kids, Beekmans, and (for the rest of you, not me) the beer tents? Details, we need details! 😉
My fear is that the gravel loop could be a casualty of all the hubbub this year. I am confident there will be a…[Read more]
I did not go and I have heard curiously little about the event. Perhaps not much happened? When I opened my email at work this morning I was greeted by the latest email from PBV. They were at the event and they summarized it like this:
“If there was one theme that stood out to us today, Porkers, it was the word “stewardship.” Both Anne and Dieter…[Read more]
The anti IR feelings here are understandable. He tries to spin it another way but the fact is that TJ turned traitor without warning and deserted us. People legitimately feel angry about that and it will take time for everyone to get over it. A few pro-IR partisans have come here to make trouble but they’re either gone or haven’t had anything to…[Read more]
One particular news outlet is digging deep into RAGBRAI’s finances and charity contributions in order to generate profits for their own organization by digging out dirt that people will pay to hear about. I think it is important to keep that in mind. But, in the process of doing that they are asking some questions that should be asked. Whether or…[Read more]
At some time during the next two and a half years I will be switching over to infinite PTO mode so I might do both one year, if I am still able! In the short run I am committed to RAGBRAI this year because I want to support it fully in its hour of need and in 2022, it being #50 after all. During other years I might end up doing part of both. Three…[Read more]
That TV report was a good example of lying by telling the truth. I suspect that all the facts that they mentioned are true but they are not the whole truth. Maybe they were as much of the truth as the reporter was able to uncover or maybe they were as much of the truth as fits the station’s narrative. You can decide that for yourselves. But they…[Read more]
Last year there was a woman on a recumbent trike outfitted with a padded push bar for the convenience of those who were willing to help push her up hills. If JK wanted to do that he’d have a line of people 400 miles long patiently waiting their turn!
This is great news! To be clear IR will still be competing with RAGBRAI but now it will compete in a way that is both fair and in the long run leaves room for both rides to grow without straining Iowa’s resources. It will offer those who always wanted an east to west ride to have that. And it will let those few (or many) who dreamed of doing a two…[Read more]
Well, this is great news! With this change I can wish TJ and his team great success, next year and in the future. I am still 100% committed to RAGBRAI next year but in the future I could do part of each or, since I will retire in a couple of years at the most, both! Just let me be the one to break that news to my wife … but after a couple of…[Read more]
I don’t claim to know how RAGBRAI distributed funds to charitable causes. I do know that if there are any questions about how this has been done during the last 16 years any improprieties were on TJ’s watch. He has as much to answer about them as the REGISTER and probably more since he was in charge of that portion of the Register’s operations.…[Read more]
Jose, if we should bump into each other next summer then by all means let’s have a beverage together! The rest of you are welcome to join us. I was raised by Baptists so I do not have much of a taste for alcohol and when I do I favor cider over beer. But cider and beer drinkers can get along just fine together.
Joseph, I was not singling you out for bad behavior, that comment was directed at everyone. I think that you are just asking questions that interest you and posting information relevant to the situation. Neither you nor Amanda are troublemakers, as far as I can tell. But there have been a few here who have posted in other threads and who have made…[Read more]
Joseph, I do not envy your position, I hope it all works out well for you and your team.
There have been people who have registered for IR and who have come here to cause as much trouble as they can. Amanda has not been one of them. People need to make their own decisions about the two rides for their own reasons and no one has to answer to…[Read more]