It was my first Ragbrai, but I don’t remember offhand the names of any of the towns. What I do remember is that on the day of the Karras loop, I had just left the second pass through town of the day and was headed for the town where the Karras loop started, and I saw this guy dragging this huge chain down the road. I didn’t think much of it…[Read more]
If the pattern continues, this year will be a northern route. Consider the airport at Sioux Falls SD. Fly into there on the Friday before, Spend the night, and ride to the start town on Saturday. I’ve done that twice now.
In ’17 I carried a Nikon coolpix B-500 on a neck strap. I was also wearing a Camelbak. By shortening the neck strap, then fastening the Camelbak chest strap over the neck strap, the camera didn’t move, I never knew it was there. All I needed to do to bring the camera to bear was release the chest strap. this camera is reasonably water resistant,…[Read more]
Maybe they do, but there are first responder’s on duty at that time. After 6pm, they’ve gone off duty for a well deserved rest. Go ahead, take your time, leave town when you want, ride after 6pm without support, lets see how long it takes to find you when you dump your bike in a ditch. Please make sure you have I.D. and contact info for next of kin.
Joe, you can take the El, Orange line from Midway to Quincey, Union station is a couple blocks west. I’ve done it a few times going the other way (my ride was based down town) its not that difficult, depending on how much gear you have.
As has been said;
Tune up the engine.
Wheels and tires make a big difference, I went everywhere in 2017, including the gravel loop, on slick 25’s with 115 lbs of air in them. (in retrospect, that was stupid, but I did it)
Clip in pedals and good fitting shoes.
Something I haven’t seen mentioned, gears make a difference. Consider a different…[Read more]
Take it from someone who has been there, it takes forever for the swelling to leave, but you WILL get there. I did something similar many years ago. By the time I learned to walk again, it was winter, and wading in the north Atlantic did much to reduce and eliminate the swelling. (I know, not much ocean frontage in Iowa) As for…[Read more]
It wasn’t just about Kossuth county or alcohol. Lots of different entities in play here, and it all boiled down to one thing. Money. Whether it was a town, city, or county shutting down the locals or little guys so some corporate monster can sell swamp water (as much as 5 bucks for a can/bottle, when you could still go to Hy-Vee and spend ten for…[Read more]
Best over night town had to be Cresco, everything was spread out, but not too far to get to. Shout out to Jesse at the post office there for helping me send all the stuff I had accumulated up to that point home. The swine showers at the fairground were a hoot.
Worst, Charles City hands down. I had a nice tent spot on the hill behind the high…[Read more]
JLvanpelt, Remember this; You don’t have to justify your actions to anyone. The people giving you crap in the hills are compensating for something, arrested development, low self esteem, small body parts, a dependency issue, trapped in a dead end relationship, something. They are not worthy. I think it took more courage to get off and walk when…[Read more]