As others have mentioned, “Da Brim” makes a great product. I used one in the last RAGBRAI, and would recommend it 100%.
I opted for the full size version called The Classic, and found that wind was only an issue in a few brief instances (fast downhill into headwind), but not an issue 95% of the time. The added brim works well with most…[Read more]
It looks like my best option is to follow the Old Lincoln Highway/ Loess Hills trail/ Rt 183 north along the western edge of the Loess Hills. The tricky part is around the town of Orson, near the Gleason-Hubel wildlife area. I’m not sure of the best way to get to Larpenteur Memorial Road to continue along the west edge of the Loess Hills.
When I first did the ride in 2003, there were very few vegetarian options. The church suppers would have a pasta sauce without meat, but generally it felt like a second tier option. When I returned in 2014 and 2016, things were much better! Several of the churches actually had a vegetable sauce with peppers, onions, zucchini, etc. There were…[Read more]
From my experience, things basically end after lunch on day 7. By dinner time, it is almost like RAGBRAI never happened. The end town does provide overnight camping, and a small handful stay overnight, but we are probably talking 5-10 people.
Maybe things will be a little different this time around, but I would not expect anything other than a…[Read more]
Why not just go with baggage truck? I have done that three times, and it’s idea for my style of travel. You meet the nicest people, 50lbs of gear is transported for you every day, and you will always have a camping spot. You can basically do your own thing at night, and I’ve never had an issue getting my stuff on the truck by 8am. If you do…[Read more]
From the FAQ section:
4. What other measures are you implementing to ensure the health and safety of your riders?
Though we will continue to defer to current state guidelines regarding COVID-19 mitigation and we expect the further relaxing of rules & guidelines regarding various safety measures, as of this date RAGBRAI expects to implement the…[Read more]
I think one of the most wonderful aspects of RAGBRAI is that when misfortune happens, you always have 20,000+ friends happy to help you out. I have ridden RAGBRAI 3 times, and had a variety of situations where I needed assistance. Mechanical, logistics, medical, financial, etc. In every instance, locals, vendors, and fellow riders were always…[Read more]
I don’t think there will be any kind of testing or proof of vaccination involved in the ride. Even if there were something for riders, officials, vendors, etc., it would not matter. Almost the entire event takes place on public roads and in public places, and there is just no way to enforce anything. If someone wants to be there, they will…[Read more]
“A joint will suffice.”
Either you are a lifelong total stoner, or you are smoking ditch weed. These days you can get stuff that will do the trick with a couple tokes. If smoking is not your thing, there is a wide variety of edibles.
While I enjoy beer, wine, and the hard stuff, I honestly have trouble drinking much on RAGBRAI. Mostly it is just…[Read more]
Thanks for posting this JBoz! The weather in NY is a god awful 95, and looks to be very hot all week. If I ride later in the week, I’ll post, but for now I’m eagerly awaiting future reports from you and other RAGBRAI forum folks.
Sigh indeed! I would have been on the double cross with you. It is really a disappointment to be just going to work and having all the fun stuff canceled this year. All work and no play is certainly making me a dull boy.
Well, at least you will be on your bike, and enjoying flush toilets, showers without lines, and all the other stuff we take…[Read more]
I want to say I would do the ride wearing a mask, funny hat, or whatever. However, I work in the building trades, and have spent many long days wearing an N95 mask, or a M3 canister respirator.
It sucks. They are uncomfortable, hot, and restrict breathing, even if you are just painting or sanding. Forget about riding up a long hill. It is…[Read more]
Here is a model that seems fairly accurate to me, although I haven’t dug too deeply into the details, nor am I smart enough to understand the mathematical equations behind it. Things are looking very grim for NY state right now, yet within a week, it will become much worse.
We are facing 55-70+% cumulative infection rate,…[Read more]
I would take what anyone says on the internet with a whole truck load of salt!
It is important to remember that we are also generally talking about confirmed cases. I think it is safe to assume that there are a significant percentage who get the virus that never confirm it, either because of lack of symptoms or lack of testing. Due to that…[Read more]
Thanks for the great responses so far! These are exactly the types of things I’m looking for.
I did not realize that many of the roads I was looking at were gravel. (Google adds a gray overlay that makes it hard to tell.) While I like the idea of a gravel ride that stays close to the river, I think it would be a lot more inclusive to stick…[Read more]