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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 north to the floating bridge and then to Aurora. Weather was great except for the last day when the high was 60 degrees with rain. We deemed it DRAM – Derelicts Riding Across Masabi – next year it will be DRAMA – Derelicts Riding Across Masabi Again. The views are spectacular and the bars along the way were very friendly – Checcos Tavern in Hibbing, Bernie’s Main Dry in Keewatin, the Biwabik Pub in Biwabik, Rudy’s Bar in Aurora.
Did you hear about the dyslexic zombie? He only eats Brians.
A group of fellow RAGBRAI riders are going to do the Mesabi Trail in Northern Minnesota. Probably 4 days – Grand Rapids to Hibbing, day 1; Hibbing to McKinley, day 2; and then return.
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 some of the trail. The Pedalers Jamboree is a popular event (although not for this year).
Eagle Grove (PLEASE!!)
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 :)).
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