If you miss the truck or have a major mechanical problem find a way to the local Hy-Vee Grocery. There will be three or four or maybe half a dozen team busses in the parking lot plus a handful of other support vehicles parked while drivers replenish supplies and enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
Sleep mask, that pole you pitched your tent next to so that you could lean your bike on the pole may be a zillion lumen street light. Pinch light, the Kybo has no light switch. Toilet paper or paper towel in a sandwich bag tucked into a jersey pocket, that Kybe may be out of paper and that corn field surely is out of paper. Ear plugs,…[Read more]
Public library may be the answer. If you drive to an off route town you would be assured of very little traffic to contend with. Or, maybe use the library in your current overnight town then drive to the next overnight town. Be sure to have a paper Iowa map, the RAGBRAI route map and the truck route map.
Amazing that Fort Dodge hotel rooms would be available in late March. There are many more hotel rooms in Waterloo/Cedar Falls with a metro population of 170K vs Ft Dodge at 24K. This may well be another sign of a low turn-out for this year’s ride.
I have more than just a feeling that volunteers and vendors will be fewer in numbers than previous years. So…I think that carrying a few munchie bars and two, not one, water bottles would be prudent. Also, when one water bottle empties I begin to look for the next chance to refill. I have seen some long stretches in other years when water…[Read more]
Joseph has submitted well reasoned comments. Yes, Grandma is of vital concern. From the local newspaper: https://www.lemarssentinel.com/story/2860695.html
I would very much like to read RAGBRAI’s “formal agreement form” referenced at the end of the article. Something new this year from Gannett’s team of legal eagles.
I have read that if the year 2020 were a beverage that the beverage would be a colonoscopy prep.
Lemon or lime flavor…just drink up.
I agree with Jboz, we need a new jersey. We know the route, the overnights and the meeting towns so give us something to look forward to … like a pure Iowa themed jersey with maybe an e-bike discretely portrayed…[Read more]
Gene Autry, TGW, was the best there ever was. Gene Autry is the only person to be awarded stars in the five fields recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: film, TV, radio, live performance and music. Bob Hope and Tony Martin are next with four stars each.
Thanks Stuck, that green Buszilla has attracted some great riders, all fun, all party and all the time.
Excellent gummy bears out there in WA and OR, much better than we have in Iowa, the Little Stoker sez they are a great sleep aid. If Zinger is coming back to Iowa tell her we would like some gummy bears. We biked in WA, OR and ID last June and…[Read more]