My best advice to anyone is keep hydrated and nourished. Always carry two water bottles with you and don’t pass up an opportunity to refill before leaving a town along the route. Some times you will see someone giving away water along the route. Take advantage of that opportunity too and make a free will donation. If you feel thirsty you are…[Read more]
You should have no trouble finding vegetarian fair along the route. I eat mostly vegetables and fruit daily but I’m strictly not vegetarian And I do have days where I only eat veggies or fruit while on RAGBRAI. I like to visit Carbo-Hut for their veggie pasta dishes. Some churches will have a veggie option. Small town grocery stores and Hy Vees…[Read more]
I budget $50 a day. Some days I will go to a grocery store for breakfast, lunch or dinner and this greatly stretches my food budget. Fore vendors, I try to get the most bang for my buck, Carbo Hut and Mr. Porkchop are my favorites. And when I leave a pass through town, I always top off my water bottles with free water when available. Some bars…[Read more]
For the overnight stays with a host family, everyone chips in the amount they would have paid for shower service if the team uses their shower(s). Many host families refuse to accept the money so we put the money in an envelope with a note saying if they do not want or need the money then to donate it to their favorite charity. Some hosts supply…[Read more]
In some towns there will be showers with no hot water. Having the ice cold water come out at full blast is very shocking. But if you can set the water to come out at a trickle, it changes to the experience to bearable.
Most of my team wear waterproof bike sandals with SPD pedals. But some do carry sandals or flipflops with them.
I had to break down and buy a thin sleeping bag at a Walmart because it sometimes can get cold at night in Iowa in the summer.
Very large groups do get reserved spots because of being a large group. There will be directions to the main…[Read more]
One year I brought a nice fluffy towel. With all the humidity and lack of laundry capability, it never dried out completely during the week and became mildewy near the end of the ride. So I tried a couple of old thread bare towels the dried out somewhat and I pitched each as it became smelly from mildew. Now I have a microfiber towel that dries…[Read more]
Most of the time I ride solo but I’m never alone with 10,000+ friends going along in the same general direction. Friendships made during a week of RAGBRAI can last a lifetime. You can choose to be a loner but it is much better to make new friends and have fun.
As far as sandals go, in Iowa most experienced riders opt for sandals in the summer. Heck, some hardcore riders even wear sandals on nice winter days too. No socks in summer, wool socks in winter. Yes, I’m guilty.
Be sure to stay hydrated. My experience is that when I start to be dehydrated, I end up going slower. The more dehydrated you become, the more chance for cramps. And cramps will slow down you even more. So keep hydrated. Never leave a town without enough water to get to the next town. And don’t forget electrolytes if you are sweating a lot. I…[Read more]