I live in the boonies and ride alone as there are few if any cyclists living nearby. So I practice social distancing any way. But the road are particularly empty now and driveways are full of cars. I’m riding!
Have not heard about Clinton parking but Bikes To You is running a shuttle from Clinton to Dubuque. So they must know of two week parking plans in the making. You can drop off your bike and gear in Dubuque, drive to and park in Clinton, and take their bus back to Dubuque.
Lots of good used deals on Facebook Marketplace and other sites, but if your old bike is comfortable and in working order, ride it. It is only a 7 day event. Besides there will be many bikes older than your 20 year old bike.
I am think of doing just that. I would be interested in hearing from folks who may be parking in Clinton and bagging it to Dubuque OR those who will bag it from IR to RAGBRAI at the switch over. I am thinking of skipping day 7 of IR and heading to RAGBRAI instead of going to Rock Rapids.
Looking at doing both rides also. Parking is a concern. I was also wondering if anyone is offering a shuttle service either between Clinton and Dubuque or between Rock Rapids and LeMars? Certainly riding between those towns is an option if you are equipped to bag it. But if not you are stuck doing one or the other ride.