I am going to let this post die as Ben There requested, but I want to make a couple of last points.
I never said the route was wrong. The forced turn in question was too small to be seen on the official route.
I don’t expect a special invitation to go into a town. I just want the choice. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way because…[Read more]
I believe I do give my patronage to Ragbrai towns. Perhaps I didn’t fully explain myself in my last post. As I said, I search for kids’ lemonade stands, whether they are in town or along the way. I usually only need to stop for food or fluids once along the route. If that happens near a town on the route, then that’s great. Sometimes I…[Read more]
Mike, I respect your opinion, but I disagree. I keep hearing that we can do Ragbrai the way we want. I make a point of stopping at kids’ lemonade stands, or if I see something interesting. If towns want to entice us to stop, then that’s great. They could put up signage miles ahead that tells what’s special. I remember Eagle Grove had a guy in…[Read more]
I suppose I could have crawled under the trailer, or gone into the ditch to skirt it, but it wasn’t much of a choice. If memory serves, there was only one way into the town and another way out. It felt forced. I was worried that it would be a trend. Thanks, Derek, for letting me know how it was this year. It doesn’t sound as bad.
Were riders forced through pass-through towns this year? In 2019 I was upset that there were barricades on the roads to force riders into the towns. One town had a tractor-trailer rig blocking the road. Was there anything like that this time? Just curious.
Yep, I didn’t address the ISP complaint, but the original post did mention getting to town on “fumes”. Just trying to help ease that issue if it is possible. I agree that the State Police should not close towns early, but if we can’t change them, we have to adjust what we can.
In my last post, I said, “it should almost climb back to the ten o’clock position”. Strike the word “back”.
I thought of another trick to speed your bike. If you have bladed spokes, make sure they are aligned properly.
Truing your wheels will also help. If your wheel is oval-shaped you will be doing mini up and downs that waste energy.
I have been reading and re-reading this post and comments. Century day was the only day with a 430 cut-off. That was at Central City. I estimate that to be about sixty miles from the day’s start. So you have from 6 am until 4 pm, or ten hours to get there. If you are ‘getting there on fumes’, I suspect there is something wrong with your…[Read more]
I see both sides on this. If there are posted service times, then they should be observed. I get upset that quiet times are not observed. It used to be 9 PM according to both online rules and the Participant Guide, but newer Guides now say 10 PM. You plan your ride according to the rules, but they change! Frustrating! Unfortunately, I don’t…[Read more]
RDaryl’s ideas sound like the old puzzle of getting the grain, fox, and chicken across the river. A perfect solution. . . unless you don’t have a tent. If you do, then I go back to thinking you should camp near the truck. I hope it works out for you.
I actually got lost a couple of times. The first time was in 2013 (I think). I was out early and missed a sign. I joined about five others who did the same. We may have added two miles to the route. The other was in 2017 where I thought the riders ahead were just turning into a food area. People behind me followed and since I saw them, I…[Read more]
Brancel usually has coffee, muffins, bananas, and water available at 5 AM. I used to get water then, but I found my start quicker if I fill my Camelbak the night before. That will last me about 50 miles, so on longer rides, I do find kids or firehouses selling bottled water. Often that 50 miles is extended by stopping at kids’…[Read more]
I have been annoyed with banging Kybo doors over the years, so in 2019 I put foam tape on the doors. (from a local hardware shop) It made a big difference, but we didn’t always get the same Kybos, and people moved the foam tape. I don’t understand why Kybos don’t come with them glued on. I still use earplugs!
I stayed overnight after the 2019 Ragbrai. I never felt so alone. I hung out with my charter for a while but didn’t see many of the new friends I’d met. I just saw people leaving me behind. Later there were a few small clusters of campers, but I didn’t want to intrude.
It sounds like you are going with a friend, so it should be…[Read more]
Isn’t your husband coming with you? It seems like he would be the one to pitch the tent at the end of your ride. Your back should be fine. I prefer to put up my own tent as I usually get in early and find shade to keep my tent cooler. I also enjoy meeting new neighbors each day. Well, each to their own. I hope you have a wonderful time!
You don’t have to wait for your wrist band number to register with a charter. If you don’t get selected in the lottery then you get your funds back from the charter. Verify this with the charter. I don’t see this on the Brancel website, but I know they do. I’m sure they would answer your email.