They are the same except that support vehicles are allowed to enter the Meeting Town. Support vehicles can not go into Pass Through towns. As for food and entertainment they all typically offer something it just depends what each individual town decides to do. Porta Potties will be in all of the above.
The great thing about RAGBRAI is that it is so big you can find what suits you.
I am with cmparsley. For me there is nothing better than being in a smaller group and getting the local flavor. Last year in Dennison our hosts were Mexican and they cooked us a Mexican feast complete with fresh homemade salsa. That was totally unexpected but…[Read more]
I agree with Ken, ride the bike that will be the most comfortable over the long haul. RAGBRAI is not a race. With that said I ride a road bike that happens to be a 21-year-old TI road race bike. It is the same bike I road on my first RAGBRAI in 1999. Many of my team and I ride fast but we spend a ton of time in towns along the way. Contrary…[Read more]
I am Gluten Free due to intolerance and am able to eat no problem. I typically bring rolls with me so I can have burgers, steak sandwiches, and other things that could use a roll at night. Most places are willing to toast the bun. During the day there are many things I find to eat and never seem to have a problem. I do bring bars that I can…[Read more]
I am in for baseball. Love going to games regardless of the level. We should try to get a group together. I bet group sales would love to have us and work out a deal if we organized it. They are in the same league as the Kane County Cougars here in Il and that organization is all about groups coming in and having fun. Most of the minor…[Read more]
I recommend that everyone give up this thread. Go ride your bike, go to bed with your partner, read a book, go out to a good restaurant and have your favorite dinner, paint a portrait or jam on your favorite instrument to name a few. Anything but continuing this thread that has nowhere to go. I think most would agree that everything that needs…[Read more]
Funny but true. It was -24 with a wind chill of -55 here in IL today. I chose to not go out. Forget about getting on a bike.
As a ski coach I am out on the snow in all kinds of weather and what you say is so true. I have kids all the time not properly dressed freezing their buts off when us coaches are standing on the hill and are…[Read more]
My suggestion is just to go just with the flow. Follow your mojo whatever that may be. I would not recommend getting ahead of everything. If you are on the road by 6:30 to 7:00 each day and are strong riders you will quickly get ahead of the main pack but still with a lot of people. You will then be able to spend time in towns as the day rolls…[Read more]
I have a 1999 jersey, a 2015 jersey, and 2014 kit. The 1999 has only been worn a couple times. In 2014 my son and I wore the 2014 kit one day and actually got asked to go into a building in Graettinger to have our picture taken by a Des Moise register photographer. I think that was the last time I wore a Ragbrai jersey on Ragbrai. I do wear…[Read more]
Charters are great. I have used Brancel in the past and I would recommend them highly. For First Timers I highly recommend going with a Charter. There are many good ones it just depends what services you want and based on what you have said I think there are only a couple that “do it all for you.” PBV is the biggest and provides the most…[Read more]