My first was 2003 – RAGBRAI was starting in Glenwood that year and since it was my hometown I decided I wanted to give it a go. I had moved to St. Louis so I joined the Bicycle Fun Club as the charter of choice. 2003 was also the year the e-cyclist group started on the RAGBRAI forums – I met Papa T on that forum and we all decided to meet up in…[Read more]
Sandaltan: Zinger is enjoying the great Northwest. She relocated to Oregon back in August of 2018 and is loving every minute of it! She’s planning to make it back to RAGBRAI in the future. I will let her know you were asking about her!
Just returned from riding the Mesabi Trail for several days in Minnesota. What a beautiful ride! Several challenging climbs (8% grade and higher). Started in Hibbing, rode west to Nashwauk – lunch at Mucho Si (great margaritas), then back to Hibbing first day. From Hibbing to Biwabik and stayed at Giant’s Ridge Resort a couple of nights riding…[Read more]
I ride the Katy Trail from the west side of Missouri; nice wineries and craft beer joints along the trail. It’s a combination of packed dirt, loose gravel, and some packed limestone. I see people ride their road bikes on it but I tend to stick with my trail bike; mostly because of all the dust. Last year it took on a lot of rain and washed out…[Read more]
Started riding in 2003 – this year will be #18 consecutive. Looking at the Iowa County Map and cross-referencing it to the past RAGBRAI overnight towns grid it appears we have stayed in or gone through all 99 counties.
Not so much anger as frustration. Even holding the rides on separate weeks has caused some splitting of traditional teams – making it more difficult to ensure there are enough riders to support using a team bus on either of the rides.
Although I guess it can be interpreted one way or another, it seems the Iowa Bicycle Coalition has made a choice (nowhere in the post did they mention that there could be 2 choices). An excerpt from the Iowa Bicycle Coalition’s Facebook post on October 17th: “The Iowa Bicycle Coalition and Iowa Bicycling Action Fund are endorsing the newly formed…[Read more]
One good outcome: the East starting town will get the benefit of what West starting towns have had instead of the ‘can’t wait to be done so I can leave and go home’. I’ve always felt the end towns were at a disadvantage.
Lawnchair Man – you are right – beer and chops do go together! The Iowa Beer Bus is usually set up at the same place as Mr. Pork Chop but won’t be on Sunday because of the Pott County decision (unless Pott County changes their denial :)).