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.
Out of Staters charter will transport you and your bike from Clinton to Le Mars. Looks like they charge $175 for this and daily transport of your gear. Maybe they would reduce the fee if you only need transport on the last day. There are several other charters you could check also.
I hadn’t considered the CO2 problem. Interesting.
I assume that masks would not be required while riding. At home, I carry a mask in my bike bag to put on when I have a break. At a campsite, I would have my mask handy, but not on until someone got close. Getting food along the way could work by wearing a mask while in the food line,…[Read more]
You are correct that there are many horrors associated with the manufacture of products we buy. The biggest atrocities I have heard of involve the diamond trade. I have never bought a diamond and certainly wouldn’t buy one now. I was blissful in my ignorance of meatpacking, but now that I know, I can’t ignore it. As I learn of oth…[Read more]
Before someone says I am contradicting myself, I want to say that I am still concerned about Covid this year. By that time I will have had my shots and I would also be able to wear a mask and avoid crowds. So for me, now, the food problem is the bigger factor to decide to go or not.
Warning, this will probably seem to be a political rant, and that I’m a troll, so bail out now if you want.
I’ve decided not to go this year. I was all gung ho in January, but I started thinking of why I go. On my first Ragbrai, I wanted to find out if I could actually ride 500 miles in a week. Now I know that I can. The next biggest…[Read more]
Even without a visual impairment, I found it challenging to keep track of my riding partner. Of course, I was on a recumbent two-wheeler and he was on a diamond frame, so we leapfrogged each other on the hills. You might consider a tandem recumbent. I saw one when I did my first Ragbrai. It looked like two trikes connected by a center…[Read more]
Any GPS unit will calculate your speed by tracking you as you move. No sensor needed. I think my Garmin 500 came with a cadence sensor, but I couldn’t find a place for it on my recumbent. Check what comes with the unit you select. I’m sure you can purchase sensors separately too. I lost my heart rate transmitter (chest strap) and had to…[Read more]
I use a Garmin 520. I have it set to display three screens that auto-scroll. I only put three stats per page to get the larger font. I am guessing that there are thirty stats from which to choose. Elevation and vertical climb are two of them. I don’t show vertical climb as I ride, but the data is there when I finish.
There are multiple…[Read more]
Joseph Schlau wrote, “The other problem is, if bandits wear masks, but everyone is also wearing a mask, how do we know he is a bandit?”
Isn’t that one of the functions of our wristbands? If we have rain gear on they would be concealed, but usually, arms are bare while riding. Actually, I prefer to wear long sleeves when I am in the overnight…[Read more]
Joseph S wrote,
“Why would Reynolds lift the requirement and other mitigation measures now?
That’s hard to understand.”
It’s not hard to understand at all….Superbowl Sunday!
Reynolds obviously values a money generating game more than human lives!
I hope it will not be a Superbowl Superspreader, but I think it will be.
As of February 7th, 2021 t…[Read more]