I, like so many others, grew up in Iowa and had moved out of state in 1979 – my 1st job after college. Fast forward to 2013 – I am sitting on my front porch reviewing the RAGBRAI ride as it travels through the area of the state I call home. From that point on I wanted to do “just 1 day”. My sister agreed to accompany me in 2014 and we did just…[Read more]
I am also interested to hear from someone who has used this charter. I spoke to the gentleman in charge last year early but ended up not doing the ride at all. He sure was good to visit with. They leave from a location in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area, if I remember right, which is a plus for me since I live west of Omaha 160 miles.
I’ve often wondered if the mass amounts of signage was retrieved once the ride was complete. Guess maybe not all is, although that’s not really a surprise. And although the decorations to road kill are also adding to the garbage along the route, it is humorous to see.
Every year has it’s challenges. The longer final day shorts pass through towns since many of us are pushing to make it to the end by the team or charter cut-off. What stinks more in this scenario is when the “pro” in your group sets a really early cut-off because they have to get on the road back to home or the airport then you hustle non-stop…[Read more]
This reminds me of a gal in 2016, when we were in a small, less than affluent southern route town. A young couple brought their young children to where the vendors were – each child carried a sack lunch – smart parents if they aren’t able to afford the prices charged on RAGBRAI for goodies. The gal next to us got up, offer her hand to the…[Read more]
I bought a Cloud 9 for my hybrid bike. Style of riding and position on the bike are different for everybody. I needed to avoid pressure on the tailbone area and the Cloud 9 works well for that as I sit more upright than on a road bike. Having the vented saddle is also a plus, in my opinion. Good luck finding your best new bike buddy!
My 1st year on RAGBRAI, I took $100 per day to cover anything that may come up. Safe to say, almost half of that came home in my bag again. Although things may seem a bit high on occasion, the week is really pretty inexpensive.
And…..I need to put a plug in for my brother-in-law’s Shrine group. They set up in Ottumwa in 2016 (I believe near…[Read more]
We also like to find the American Legion or VFW when possible. Usually a good basic meal at a reasonable price and good people to visit with. One of the best meals on the route, in our opinion, was “Hobo Breakfast” in Garden Grove, 2016 for $8. There is such a variety of food available from local organizations and they sure do appreciate the…[Read more]
My experience over the last 4 years was drinks will run in the $5 range for smoothie or beer, maybe $2 for a can of pop or gatorade, water around $1 or $2. Pie was $4-$5 per slice last year. Lunch generally ran around $8 and church suppers in the $10-$15 range.
Dean, I am also a Nebraskan who would be glad to find a team originating closer to home. 2 riders from Hastings, 60ish and have done RAGBRAI 3 & 4 times. I’ll watch to see what responses you may receive.
I get the reference to damage to the “sport”. Let’s define that “sport” – it’s bike racing, right? I’m not sure about everybody’s attitude during RAGBRAI, but I, for one am all in on the fact that this event is a ride, not a race. How else would we older riders and everybody all the way down to the parent with a toddler riding in a tag-along be…[Read more]