I see you want to go back to the starting town. It’s more common to leave your car at the end and take a charter to the start, then you don’t have to be in the end town in time for the bus to leave. You also don’t have long bus ride after a day of biking. However, there are plenty of charters that go back to the start.
Most of them will offer that service, unless they originate from some other town. I ride a bus from Chicago to the start, and then from the end to Chicago, for example. If you go to the various charters websites, they will have pricing next week, since the route will be announced tonight.
There could be something to the thought about going through Des Moines and unveiling or dedicating that statue on the RAGBRAI route. If they do that, that might be a short mileage day. It would boost the finances of RAGBRAI also, as that could be a big numbers day. Someone pledged a big donation from them.
My thought is that with a new…[Read more]
Am I the only one who saw the Facebook hint from Ragbrai about the route? This was photographs supposedly taken by Dieter on his route selection trip. It showed the State Capitol building and a cornfield. I suppose that could be taken to mean the ride will be in Iowa!
I would think that Dubuque and Rock Rapids are off the table, but I can’t…[Read more]
I thought they were great. The staff is very friendly, they had great showers and towel service, and some food in the camp. They are as advertised and a little more. They also have a great bicycle mechanic, who does some maintenance if needed on a tip basis.
What could be cool is if there was a gravel route from the host town to the meeting town, or from the meeting town to the next host town. Or both.
Another cool thing would be if there was more than one day to ride gravel, which would be a good thing if the weather was not so good.
Not sure what it takes to set up the gravel route, once you…[Read more]
Slightly off-topic, but on last years southern route, we were very near I-80 the whole first day, then dipped a little south, then north of I-80, then to within four miles of the Missouri border, back north to Fairfield, then down to the very southern point of the state, about a mile from Missouri. Since I-80 is sort of the line between northern…[Read more]
Since we do not like all teams that wear red, starting with Nebraska and Alabama, (except for Indiana) we revert to rule two. We pull for the team closer to Ames. Go Badgers. Slightly off-topic, but it had to be said.
If he wants to purchase before the route announcement I would agree to flying to Des Moines. Otherwise it is easy to check prices once the end cities are known. I am thinking nine of the likely end cities are close to a suitable airport, so may need to look into what the shuttle costs would be.
I see the concept of a smaller ride and smaller towns, and it could be good. The two questions that come to my mind are 1) given the costs to the host town, can they recoup them from a smaller ride? and 2) Given a smaller number of riders, and a smaller host population, what’s the entertainment going to be and will that even matter? I rarely go…[Read more]
This forum is not RAGBRAI. A relatively very small number of people have made the comments for or against both RAGBRAI and IR. The total participants would represent much less than half a percent of the riders on either ride. I am sure you would have the same positive experience on either ride from the vast majority of the riders.
I think this is good for TJ at this point. He needs to push his product and rebuild PR with some people.
On the other hand, I don’t know what the Register can say that would be informative. They aren’t going to give out any information about host cities. Without that not much new can come out, other than how many have registered to date, which…[Read more]
They do get a chance on the Saturday before the ride from people who ride the bus from the end town to the start, but I usually just buy from the vendors sitting right there, which doesn’t help the town that much.
I have heard similar stories from friends who live in a couple of other overnight towns, although these were smaller towns and less money was involved. The question is: the towns do lose (or spend) money, how much do the churches, legions, etc., local businesses and entrepreneurs make? And then, what is the cost of lost business by the…[Read more]