The simple answer is rhubarb. The best piece of pie I ever had on Ragbrai was blueberry. I came up to a stand on a lovely 100 degree day and they had just pulled out some pies that were completely frozen. I ate it like a popcicle. The best ever.
Trucks seem to be plentiful and no worry about running out of hot water. I prefer them over the locals because you never know what you will get in a building. Most schools are not set up to handle that man showers.
I’m glad I did the 5 boro once (they took an awesome picture of me in front of Radio City). Riding across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge was incredible. Riding wise it was a nightmare. 40k people zig zagging across 6 lanes. Then they had a wreck and shut down the route for over an hour. I also loved having to go there to pick up your packet the…[Read more]
I’m not going to Ragbrai to impress anyone. Ride what you want. Ride what is comfortable. The biggest rookie mistake is going too fast. There’s no prize for getting to the next town first. My theory is everything I take to Ragbrai is disposable. Even my bike. I would really miss it, but wouldn’t get upset if something happened to it.
28’s ride a little nicer. You won’t notice a difference in weight as long as you get kevlars (folding bead). Get in your miles and test everything before you get to Ragbrai. The start in Lemars is not the time to be breaking in something new.
Jose: I’m not sure you are keeping up with current events, but TJ changed the dates of Iowa’s ride to the week before and the direction to East to West. That eliminated all the problems with the BS you were spewing. Try keeping up.
Looking forward to two fun weeks of riding in July.
If you are planning on using the baggage truck, you’ll need an east/west shuttle to get to the start (around $150). Using a charter for the week will vary greatly upon what you want. Carrying your bags v. a tent set up with your bags in it. Don’t sweat the lottery. Lock your bike if it makes you feel better. No worry about safety. Check the…[Read more]
TJ was worried about Ragbrai being harmed by being associated with fake news DMR. It took serious balls to do what he did. I agree with him morally. He just underestimated brand loyalty. Hopefully it ends up win-win. Since I’m getting closer to unlimited free time, two weeks sounds better than one.
Once you go sandals, you’ll never go back. Expect to do a lot walking around towns. If you’re not waling, you’re missing out. The biggest rookie mistake is going to fast. You have all day to get to the next town. There’s no prize for coming in early.
Expect at least 1 day with a good rain and 1 night of a hurricane. I leave the rain coat in…[Read more]
That’s the plan. I haven’t heard anything from the team yet, so I might be riding solo on the front half. There’s plenty of time to work out the details. I’m sure there will be shuttles on the back side when the time rolls around.
The ride is what you make it. It’s the scale that makes it so good. If you want to do something, there are 500 other people that would like to do it too. You never ride more than a couple miles without seeing something to eat or drink. Many times we’ll stop to regroup at a house and end up having someone pull beers out of their fridge for us…[Read more]
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]