2012 was hot. Lots of business for the hospitals. The scariest sight for me was watching a women on a bike 20 ft ahead of me just fall over to the left, she didn’t even bounce, she was just flat on the pavement.
Riding into Lake City I realized I had a plumbing malfunction. I was lucky the route went by the hospital, so I went there to get parts…[Read more]
The response to the survey comment was interesting. Actually the ADA only requires reasonable accommodations. Reserving some spots around clusters with a handicapped kybo for those needing handicapped kybos would be an example of a reasonable accommodation, allowing the other kybos to be distributed throughout the campground. As someone who…[Read more]
I ride RAGBRAI with a copy of my designation of Health Care Surrogate and my Living Will as well. They are like umbrellas, business cards, and condoms . . . if you have them with you, you won’t need them, and if you don’t have them with you, you’ll need them.
Now to deal with the tangential reference of this thread to diabetes issues (my…[Read more]
I can understand asking about taste, I know of 12 different flavors, 6 of which I like, the others not so much. I find the names for the flavors are accurate, the flavors I like are one I like in other forms. The flavors I don’t like I don’t like in other forms as well. The reason I don’t understand asking about taste is it’s a matter of taste.…[Read more]
Mrs Woo and others may want to find “A companion’s guide for travelling I-80: Iowa really isn’t boring” by Wayne A Maley which has information about every mile marker of I-80. In past years I saw it for sale at the Welcome Rest Area on the East side of Iowa.
Mike, I’m guessing you are coming from the east, eh? There have been plenty of reasons provided for joining an Iowa based team or parking in the end town which will be closer your home, both ways, and finding a way to the start town. One more is that congestion leaving and heading west from the end town is often bad. The groups planning on…[Read more]
Multiple posts in this thread have motivated a response.
I’m a “cripple” (not my word, but I’m trying to be understood by all on this thread) who does RAGBRAI entirely human powered and plan to continue doing it that way. (Us slow folks make the rest of you look fast.) Each time I complete the route I have a personal sense of accomplishment…[Read more]
I prefer my personal RAGBRAI’s to be human powered. For my 6 previous RAGBRAI’s, on my team, all the riders used exclusively human powered rigs. People with visible physical deficits will be part of RAGBRAI despite and in spite of people with the invisible deficits of prejudices. Those of us with the visible differences pity and pray for people…[Read more]
I’m not sure why my use of an electric cart is a RAGBRAI disqualifier. While I can push my wheelchair around in a store, I can’t use a standard shopping cart. The electric cart has a basket for my purchases. As I reflect on my 6 previous RAGBRAI’s, which I did with no electronic attachments except for my garmin and gopro, I’m not sure how…[Read more]
A few years back I mentored a woman with MS for her first RAGBRAI (in addition to my medical issues I have some physical deficits). She was extremely sensitive to the heat (one day we could do a 25 mile training ride, a couple days later and a few degrees warmer, she couldn’t ride even a mile). If you are heat sensitive, you may want…[Read more]
This is a common question and lots has been written by vegan riders to answer questions like yours. Based on my recollection of the answers there are many vegan riders who find what they need and have a great RAGBRAI. Unfortunately the search feature for the RAGBRAI website does not return forum results. If you have time, just page backwards…[Read more]
Hase also makes handcycles that can be attached to the recumbents. At this point you probably don’t have the the upper body strength the handcycle the route by yourself, but you do have some upper body strength to contribute to the propulsion of a tandem attached to a recumbent (at least you would provide more help than you would from a trailer).
I see that this was started 17 months ago, so I don’t know if it is still a concern for the OP.
I mentored a 50 year old woman with MS on the entire RAGBRAI a few years ago. MS patients are extremely heat sensitive. She was able to get from the MS Society an Ice Vest with gel packs that could last about an hour and a half. The gel packs would…[Read more]
I mentored a 50 year old woman with MS on the entire RAGBRAI a few years ago. MS patients are extremely heat sensitive. She was able to get from the MS Society an Ice Vest with gel packs that could last about an hour and a half. The gel packs would recharge in about 20 minutes in ice water (we borrowed ice water time in the Gatorade tubs of the…[Read more]
I have done 5 RAGBRAI’s (looking forward to the sixth in 2017) as a Type 1 diabetic. Each time my insulin has been unrefrigerated for the week. I have not perceived any loss of potency during the week or on the way home. Your mileage may vary.
After reading the inserts (in the past novolog and lantus as a poor man’s pump and now with an actual p…[Read more]
There is the Iowa Adaptive Sports team that has riders with various physical deficits, some with diagnosed (as well as some suspected undiagnosed) TBI’s (Traumatic Brain Injuries). To a person, none of the members of that team planned their injuries. Traumatic events are called accidents for a reason. In the event loved ones aren’t consenting to…[Read more]