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McKay Group in Knoxville; http://www.mckayinsagency.com/
Push through it! Sometimes a nice shower feels great if there have been hot days preceding it.
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.
My guess (and I’m wrong a lot when it comes to guessing the route): LeMars
Iowa’s Ride Route announced:
Sunday, 7/12 Dubuque to Monticello (48 Miles/2,174 FOC)
Monday, 7/13 Monticello to Vinton (50 Miles/1,698 FOC)
Tuesday, 7/14 Vinton to Eldora (68 Miles/1,798 FOC)
Wednesday, 7/15 Eldora to Clarion (64 Miles/1,471 FOC)
Thursday, 7/16 Clarion to Emmetsburg (75 Miles/999 FOC)
Friday, 7/17 Emmetsburg to Sheldon (78 Miles/1,730 FOC)
Saturday, 7/18 Sheldon to Rock Rapids (33 Miles/779 FOC)
Maybe there was some compromise – Saturday is only 33 miles – enough time to finish and go to the start of RAGBRAI!
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 cross-state ride known as Iowa’s Ride (http://iowasride.com). Our organizations’ participation in and involvement with a large-scale, across-Iowa, weeklong bicycle tour has for the past 16 years been integral to advancing our mission of promoting safe end enjoyable bicycling through education, events, better policy, and a growing community of supporters. Supporting Iowa’s Ride will enhance public understanding and awareness of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, promote bicycling culture overall, and contribute toward the state of Iowa’s reputation and economic vibrancy. All of these things align with the Iowa Bicycle Coalition’s strategic direction. We believe that Iowa’s Ride will be the most successful way to continue the iconic annual bicycle ride across Iowa, not only in 2020 but for many years to come. The team that has formed Iowa’s ride and that will be organizing and managing it have unmatched experience and success in doing so. They are the best hope for continuing this proud tradition. We also believe that a cross-state ride will be best operated and most likely to succeed as a stand-alone and independent entity. This is what Iowa’s Ride offers.”
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 :)).
Amanda: Hairball is scheduled for Sunday night in Atlantic.
Also not hearing as much from people going to the Route Announcement party as much as previous years.
I’m never right so if you stay away from my predictions you’ll be fine: Missouri Valley, Atlantic, Panora, Ankeny, Grinnell, Vinton, Dyersville, Bellevue
Thanks for providing us with more insight, TJ! Enjoy the ride! 17 straight for me in 220 DAYS! (and 45 until the Route Announcement Party!)
If you get a chance, listen to The Forward podcast from a couple of years ago when Lance rode on RAGBRAI – any time he gets a chance to put in a plug for RAGBRAI, he does – he encourages people to experience it. And he always makes a point that when he was going through his issues, TJ was the first person who contacted him and told him that he is always welcome on RAGBRAI. https://theforwardpodcast.libsyn.com/episode-7-tj-juskiewicz
Eagle Grove needs to be an overnight; it has always been an incredible pass-through town!!!
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