MR, Maybe PBV would give you free passage and tent service if you become volunteer ambassador with PBV instead of riding. You’ve sold so many riders over the years on their service (including me) that they should.
And to those so worried about no rural vendors allowed in the 1st county with the longest stretch between towns only being 12 miles,…[Read more]
Many thanks to Monona County for hosting the opening day ride on RAGBRAI. This thread is for riders/vendors to express their appreciate for the county’s efforts. RAGBRAI is a ride for riders and vendors who will enjoy every mile of RAGBRAI including our visit to Monona County. And our overnight host, the city of Onawa.
Monona county isn’t changing this so adapt (like add an additional water bottle and holder to your bike). And you’re not old for RAGBRAI. Many of us are in the same age range or older. The Monona CB is not selfish.
For all the riders so concerned about 12 miles without a vendor, adapt! Figure out a plan to deal and deal. Add a water…[Read more]
That’s what the CB said. And they know the area. And promoting in town vendors does not exclude other vendors. I usually see Tom’s Turkey in pass through towns each day. Even though Tom’s is from another town. Nothing that will eventually take down RAGBRAI to worry about.
Monona didn’t ban rural food vendors to favor in-town vendors. They are not trying to get rid of outside vendors either. Read TJ’s blog on the subject. They were concerned with rider safety both in terms of the terrain and food safety. So let’s stop the rumor mill whether you agree with the county’s concerns or not.
For us working folk, a charter seems more like a real vacation. Just the joy of riding and the rest stops during the ride and heading out at night.
Bagging sounds interesting when you’re on a solo self supported ride. But no real reason to do it on RAGBRAI assuming you pay the registration fee. And if you want the deluxe vacation, Pork Belly…[Read more]
Being you are going from/to airports your best but not cheap option is going to be 1-way car rentals. The odds of finding anyone wanting to go to Hawaii from those 2 towns and is on RAGBRAI, not great.
To Onawa you’d rent 1-way to the Sioux City (Sergeant Bluff) airport. After dropping off your gear at camp early Saturday you get ride-ready and…[Read more]
A weather radar app for your smart phone is a great addition for avoiding rain during the ride. One year I left late to let the rain pass long enough for the gravel loop to dry out. Last year I checked it as soon as I woke and saw if I left real early, I’d stay ahead of it. Which I managed to do.
Do have a light weight rain ride jacket that…[Read more]
Which ever bike you decide on give yourself time to physically adapt to it. Many people going to a road bike try to adjust the bike for every little ache & pain they get from it. Like setting the bars way too high. Actually a new ride will stress muscles not accustom to the stress for the riding position. When I did nothing in the winter each…[Read more]
If the vendors need to find space in town no big deal. We can adapt and enjoy them no matter where they are. The towns aren’t far apart. And no, there are not big corporate vendors profiting big time on gullible bicyclists. Most of the local and out of town vendors primarily participate in RAGBRAI to enjoy being part of RAGBRAI. And some to…[Read more]
One way to go cheaper then a charter but with transport and some basic services is with a RAGBRAI Team. An Iowa based team would be good as many allow for week long parking plus transport to the start town and from the end town. Camping is usually easier with far fewer bags to search through to find your stuff. And you get a group of people to…[Read more]
You’re looking for a nearly free ride from the airport in Minneapolis to RAGBRAI and a return ride also. The odds of getting one are very (very) long that someone would do that who is also looking to vaca at your place. There are maybe 75 people tops from the Twin Cities riding RAGBRAI each year. Most of those are on teams. Maybe time to…[Read more]
I read somewhere that the top 12 finishers go on an “American Idol” tour after the season concludes so Maddie may be unavailable for RAGBRAI.
I predict she will get a top 3 finish. She has the “All-American Girl” voters which should get her to the top 3. My sense is the country has some fatigue with the highly-produced, over the top stage show…[Read more]
Oh and there are times we get rain, sometimes a lot of it, on RAGBRAI. A tent should be carried along and the overnight forecast checked. A few years ago it was a flat out thunderstorm with high winds.
I think you got a wide variety of friendly responses here although if you provide a little more info the responses would be more helpful. Are you planning on going with the general RAGBRAI support, a charter, a team or maybe bagging your luggage on your bike? How workable it is would depend on the answer to “where’s your luggage?”.