So it begins. After a basic Google search, I was able to find out that Mason City and Eagle Grove have both applied to be overnights for next year. Frankly, I just don’t it going a lot north of I-80 but I’ve been wrong before.
I would think that it’s going to be south of 80 for the majority of next year’s ride. It seems to fit the pattern. Anyhow, here’s what I have: Council Bluffs, Atlantic, Winterset, Pella, Oskaloosa, Fairfield, Mt. Pleasant, and Burlington.
There’s a rumor going around that some people want to avoid the hills by taking a shortcut down through Rippey and Perry, get over to Woodward, cross the Trestle Bridge, go to Slater and hit up the route by Kelly just south of Ames. Seems a little risky to me. Just do the hills, you know?
As I recall, the hill right before Boone was a pain in the butt, but only because of the amount of riders climbing the hill at the same time. RAGBRAI-wise, nothing beats Potter’s Hill. That may be the single biggest leg-busting hill I’ve climbed in the state of Iowa.
The vast majority of the vendors are Iowa based vendors so the money spent stays in Iowa. I just think having some of these vendors in town could cause a bottleneck in some places and cause longer lines. It could also push people to more “off route” activities, which I know is something RAGBRAI doesn’t necessarily like. I get what T.J. is saying…[Read more]
I would think that between now and RAGBRAI something would be worked out to accommodate Mr. Porkchop, BikeIowa, IowaCraftBeerTent, etc. The thing that makes those places special is that they are all out on the route in the middle of nowhere.
The Lake Delhi Dam actually failed on 7/24, which was Tuesday of RAGBRAI. Downtown Manchester was under water and there were whispers of somehow trying to get another town in the area to be an emergency host.