1. Typically we’ll go 100-200 feet from the truck to camp. They start getting everything set up early so if you want to sleep in a little longer it’d be best to go just a ways farther. Also avoid being right next to the KYBOs as people tend to slam the doors all night long.
2. All the towns will typically have a shuttle, some are free and some…[Read more]
Biking is great cross training for running. I’ve done several RAGBRAIs while training for fall marathons and have never felt like my training has really suffered. You can always run before or after the days ride or just take a mental break from running and enjoy the ride. Not trying to pressure you to do the ride, just saying that it is possible…[Read more]
With a good set of earplugs and a small battery powered fan, camping on Ragbrai really isn’t so bad. You will be pretty tired from riding all day, and eventually all week, that you will fall asleep quickly. Everyone here is recommending charter services which are nice but I’ve never had any problem going with the truck provided by Ragbrai. They…[Read more]
Going with a charter is not necessary, I have done it both ways. The RAGBRAI truck parks next to the general campground and finding an open space to pitch a tent is no problem at all. There will be signs directing you to where the showers are located and they are oftentimes a very short walk away if not right next to the campground. There are…[Read more]
A lot of times in the pass through towns you have to walk through everything before you come to the free water spickets. If all else fails you can ask volunteers where it is and they can tell you. If you want bottled water it’s generally $1-$2. Gatorade is usually $2-$3 for the 20 oz size. As mentioned above there are usually lots of lemonade and…[Read more]
For me, the best option has always been to wear my dirty riding clothes into the shower and wash them off as I shower. I then string some twine around the outside of my tent and pin the wet clothes on there. With the sun shining on them all afternoon/evening they are usually dry by the time I turn in for the night.
The first two RAGBRAIs we rode we used a charter service and last year was our first time where we just used the Register’s truck. Honestly, we did not find ourselves missing the charter that much at all. We had used them previously because we liked that they allowed you to bring more than one bag but with a little planning and smart packing,…[Read more]