Speaking of crime, as I was waiting at the Pork Belly staging area last year in Clinton I was told about a local that asked a biker if “that bike over by the tent was his?” When the local heard that it was not he walked over to it AND RODE IT AWAY. I don’t mean to bad mouth Clinton in any way but there are bad apples out there.
I am also of the don’t bother locking my bike camp with one caveat. I think that the majority of the (very, very few) bikes taken are by townie joy-riders that are looking for a quick adrenaline rush. That said, with all of the bikes laying around, just don’t be the easiest one to take. ie. in the middle of the campground you’re safe laying the…[Read more]
Welcome to the carnival. In my experience you’ll either be one and done or a lifer and it sounds to me like you’re in the latter category. Pork Belly has a couple of philosophies that I’ve always liked. One is that you will have a bad day. Expect it, embrace it, and roll with it. The other one is that a bad day becomes a good story some day.…[Read more]
The food venders are independent and really, so are you so unless you want to get tackled as you try to walk away without paying, you should plan on paying them. It’s cash and carry. To make it go smoothly please consider paying with cash instead of credit and use smaller bills. There will always be a line of people behind you waiting to pay…[Read more]
I know that this is a bit off topic but you made me remember this moment from a number of years ago and it still makes me smile when I think of it.
Somewhere in the middle of the day I rode up behind a Dad with his young son in a bikeseat, (with helmet), right behind him. I don’t know his age but he was pretty young and during the entire time it…[Read more]
Jeff, you are absolutely correct. I think someone should speak to the Register in a stern tone of voice and maybe even wag a finger in their face. Clearly they don’t understand that this is all about you. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Thanks jelly, I agree. Where has the notion of personal responsibility gone?
Here’s another thought….is bicycling while intoxicated or bicycling under the influence against the law in Iowa? I don’t know. If it is, I would suggest that the definition of ‘under the influence’ is narrowly interpreted during the week. What if, and I’m just…[Read more]
Welcome to the rolling carnival! I use Pork Belly As a charter for the week and I always get to the start town on Friday. I love to see the carnival come to town on Saturday and feel the excitement build. Last year was my second start from LeMars and I did a radio interview with their radio host on Friday so you never know what fun might…[Read more]
Been vaccinated. I’ll probably wear one on the bus and in crowds. It’s not a hardship for me nor is it a political statement. It just makes sense to me. I’ll have a personal size hand sanitizer with me for the week and try to use it as well.
Wow….let’s just stir up some do-do. It seems to me that this year this forum has been quieter than most. We haven’t heard much from Princess Amanda or kurbsitting from Mitchrider but let’s not try to stir up a non-issue. In 2019 the e-bike debate was the most active thread that I’ve seen in years and after all of the anticipation it turned…[Read more]
I agree wholeheartedly but let’s not do a victory lap just yet. In addition to continuing to follow all of the guidelines before the ride, we may/will have to get behind masks or distancing or some other pain in the ass that might not make this years ride exactly like the past. But the view is definitely worth the climb. I am committing to…[Read more]
In 1960 alcohol was a banned substance from the Olympic pistol shooting disciplines as a performance enhancing drug. (It would slow your heartrate among other things). f a ‘clean Ragbrai’ means no alcohol I don’t know how I feel about that. I’m just saying.
I remember my first Ragbrai in 2005 and aside from wondering what the hell I’d gotten myself into I remember one visual vividly. Cruising into a pass through town and riding up to the town park there were bikes everywhere and all of the vendors selling food. Every swing in sight was occupied and the occupants were swinging for all they were…[Read more]