I think we can skip Des Moines on the guess the route list because everyone with a brain cell will have that one. I too think that it will come close to the original route. They will move it around with changes to roads that occurred the last 50 years, but follow the general path. The Register will throw out money for a big name band. The…[Read more]
Welcome. Without knowing anything, I’ll give you my normal virgin advice. It’s a ride, not a race. The biggest rookie mistake is riding too fast. Not speed, but not stopping to look around. Where most rides avoid civilization like the plague, Ragbrai goes from town to town. Stop, walk around, talk to people, and see what they have to offer.…[Read more]
On the good side, the fund is up to $1.7 million and Saturday has been declared “Carson King Day” in Iowa. AB is also backing out on the 1 year beer supply but said they would add $500 to their donation to the Hospital.
I have a degree in journalism, so this is near and dear to my heart. Yes, I also sent a letter to the editor (whom should be disciplined if not fired as well). This is a feel good story about a kid who made a funny sign. It went viral and ended a rising over a million dollars he is donating to a children’s hospital next to his rival team’s…[Read more]
The main campgrounds have always been land grab. In our early team days, we had someone going to the next town at 5:00 to reserve our spot. We still had trouble in some places. The key was know how much space you needed and not exaggerating. If I was setting up and someone told me it was “reserved” and not marked, they could set up around…[Read more]
After the route announcement, I don’t even really look at the map. I’m going to ride until we get to the end anyway. I go out of my way to support the people who come out TO SUPPORT US. It’s the support of the great people of Iowa who make the ride what it is. Name another ride where people set up on the side of a gravel road selling water and…[Read more]
I’ll admit we cheated. Spent Friday night at a house in West Point. I really wanted to see the Spazmatics. My understanding is we really didn’t miss much on the round trip. I’m sure I’ll feel guilty and make it up later since I live in Quincy and make it up to Burlington a couple times a month.
The two girls I rescued that someone was charging $200 to be taken from Keokuk to Quincy. They shipped their bikes so it was only them and their luggage. I let them sleep at my place instead of getting a hotel, and only charged them a pizza.
When we had teams pulling big stereos, we had a lot of good music on the route. Now that anyone can go to Walmart and get a blutooth speaker for their water bottle holder, 90% of it is crap. Electronic dance beats, completely unknown crap, or something where every other word is a f word or ethnic slur. Bring back the spoolers any day.
Fat tire bikes almost disappeared on this years route. Two wheel recumbents were also very few and far between. The bumpy roads were a real pain. I understand flooding and winters have destroyed what were perfectly fine roads a couple years ago.
Fewer pass through towns went out of their way for us. I didn’t see towns overwhelmed like some of…[Read more]