Yes, the first day I had at least two hills of 8 or 9%. About four miles into day 4 (century day) I saw 12% just before we turned onto Nevada street. That was tougher for me than Keokuk. I’m pretty sure that the hill on Bridgeport road at the Skunk river was over 8% too. I think we had our share of hills this year.
I emailed the Ragbrai staff for the official policy of reservations in the main campground. This is what I was told:
“Campgrounds are not reserved within the Main Campgrounds. Reserved campgrounds are sometimes located right next to the main campgrounds, and may only be separated by rope.. again, it depends on the town. It could look like an area…[Read more]
Thank you for contributing to the discussion and opening my eyes. Are you a Ragbrai official, or are you sharing your experience? I go with a charter where we are usually by ourselves. I had no idea that parts of the main campground could be reserved. What are the steps to reserve space? Do they have to pay more? I am already…[Read more]
Barry brought up an interesting question in the Who Cheated? thread. How much space can be reserved in the main campground? Any? I can see myself marking an area for a buddy who has yet to finish, but not a whole section for 20 or 30 riders. It really should be first come first served in my opinion. Do teams have a non-rider drive ahead to…[Read more]
I saw edge line rumbles back in Ragbrai 2012. I was riding in the dark next to a rider who had a headlight. I came so close to the deep rumbles that it scared me. Shortly after that I invested in a good headlight of my own.
I had been guilty of misusing the term “on your left”. I first heard the term when I started riding with a club. It seemed that it was a notice of intent to pass, and if the rider in front had room to move to the right he/she should. Riding Ragbrai my announcement seemed to fall on deaf ears, so I would say it louder. Later I learned that it…[Read more]
kbear, I think it was the same day that I had seen three deer cross the road in front of me. I was on level ground and they were far enough ahead of me that I was not endangered. It just seems that an interesting story like that would be in the news. I couldn’t find it. Thanks for the confirmation.
You could say I cheated a little. Our charter camped in West Burlington Friday night so we didn’t go the main campground. That probably cut off two miles each way. I still got 75 miles the last day. I did the dip site and rode to my car. I dipped in the Missouri and I did a couple of rides in the towns, so I think it’s a wash. I got 513…[Read more]
I was underwhelmed by this ride.
There is never a guarantee of smooth roads, but lots of rough roads gets annoying.
I was not impressed by the Highway Patrol. I expected them to direct traffic. What I saw was officers just standing there letting me make sure I was safe to cross. And crossing the 218 there were no police anywhere!
Four foods…[Read more]
This is the weirdest thing that happened to me and my bike. I stopped at Douds for a pit stop. Since my recumbent doesn’t do well with the stretched cable bike stand, I looked for something to lean my bike on.
A street / stop sign looked like a good place. Wrong! I leaned my 19 pound bike against the stop sign and it fell over taking my bike…[Read more]
Yes, the railroad tracks in Mystic were harsh. There was a patrol car sitting off to the right, but there were no signs or officers telling us to slow. I hate to lose my momentum, so I hit it full bore. I got a real jolt, but stayed upright. I think it must have loosened my headlight, though, because when I got into Centerville my light fell…[Read more]
Haven’t trained as much this year as last. Should still do OK, but may have to ride slower.
One of my discouragements was a mechanical. I kept hearing a hollow clicking like the bike was on the verge of shifting, but I couldn’t find the cause. It got so I didn’t want to ride. I now have it narrowed to my rear hub, so I will have to open it…[Read more]
I have found that Ride with GPS underestimates grades. Test with a hill you know and see if it agrees. I have also found that mapping a short area can give a steeper grade for a particular hill than when mapping a whole route.
By the way, I used Ride with GPS for quite a while before I found the grade. I think you have to click on the word…[Read more]
Does anyone know what changed with the dip site in Council Bluffs? I thought that the dip site was going to be at Harrah’s Casino. Now the CB map shows a site East of the Mid America Center. If there has been flooding, couldn’t we ride to the edge of the water?
I’m thinking I could stop on my drive to Iowa to do the dip at Harrah’s on Friday.…[Read more]