Several years ago, the politicians of Dubuque County wanted to charge an extra fee to recoup the cost of providing safety services that Ragbrai requires. Being far from Iowa, I never heard if this fee was ever enacted. I do know that Ragbrai has not been in Dubuque County since then. Therefore, unless the politicians have come to their senses…[Read more]
While I had the misfortune of not riding Ragbrai this year, I did ride the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburg PA to Cumberland MD earlier this summer. The weather was seasonable — temps in the mid-80’s and humidity around 70%. The rate of climb ranged from about 1.5% to 2.5% on this old railroad bed, with the “harder” portion coming between…[Read more]
Lest I forget again: a great big shout-out of gratitude to TJ and the entire DMR crew responsible for coordinating the whole shebang; the Iowa State Patrol and county/local LEOs; the SAG wagon drivers; the EMTs and medical personnel; and, all of the wonderful Iowans who tolerate Ragbrai for the week!
Breakfast fungus…………….mmm…..could grow on you I suppose.quote]
There’s nothing wrong with a little fungus for breakfast! Personally, I like my fungus sautéed in butter until tender, mixed into scrambled eggs and topped with hollandaise sauce. It’s called a MUSHROOM omelette.
Gee whiz, now I’m hungry and it’s not even dinner time yet. What’s a g…[Read more]
I am heartened to see so many young’uns on Ragbrai, whether they are riding in a trailer or on a tandem or on their own bikes. As a retired teacher, I recall too many kids whose only exercise is using their texting/play station thumbs.
Whenever I pass (or get passed by) a youngster, I shout out words of congratulations and encouragement, along w…[Read more]
Total YTD (well, since Groundhog Day anyway) = 1531 miles.
I just finished riding the Great Allegheny Passage on Friday 6/28. It was excellent preparation for Ragbrai, particularly the heat and humidity. While there were no “low rollers” like in Iowa, it was uphill all the way from Pittsburgh to the eastern continental divide. While the ave…[Read more]
Don’t pass by the hit-and-miss engines hooked up to the churns cranking out homemade ice cream! They are usually located next to the Amish pie ladies, who offer a plethora of homemade pies of all varieties. Buy the pie first, then get a big dollop of ice cream on top. It’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!
I concur with Larry’s comment about building your bike for the type of riding you’ll be doing for the other 51 non-Ragbrai weeks. The cost/benefit of building a bike specific to Ragbrai doesn’t seem justifiable IMHO. Besides, as the Sage of Rabbit Hash once said, “There’s no hill in Iowa that I can’t walk!”
Happy Memorial Day, brethren and sistern Ragbrai’ers!
The winter that wouldn’t quit, in my neck of the woods, finally quit in early April. The snow has melted and most of the cinders are gone. Now, if it would just stop raining excessively and return to normal! At least the cinders are washed away.
It would be a hoot to see Mike outside his element! I’ve been to Antique Archaeology at least 6 times over the past five Ragbrai rides. Mrs Woo and I proudly wear our matching T-shirts and regularly use our Farm Fresh coffee mugs. I’d like to buy the American Gothic picture with Mike and Frank that hangs at the top of the stairs by their off…[Read more]
I knew that Ragbrai Nation would come through with many great recommendations and suggestions: mountain vs road vs hybrid; recumbent vs non-recumbent; “fat” vs “skinny” tires; shoes vs sandals; clip-in vs regular pedals; type and brand of saddle; etc etc. Each suggestion was backed up by experience and personal knowledge. No BS, just the facts!…[Read more]
Mrs Woo is my support driver, so we always have the car at the end of the ride.
Since Davenport and I-80 are our entry/exit points coming from the east, we always book a motel room in advance somewhere in metropolitan Davenport. A hot shower and a good night’s sleep sure make a positive d…[Read more]