I agree about Sac City. But I am very grateful that they even hosted us with all of the uncertainty. Very difficult for a small town to rally the troops even in good times. Especially a town like Sac City that doesn’t even have a high school. That made for difficult shower options. Our team had a portable shower. My back up plan would have been a…[Read more]
I heard from a somewhat reliable source that only 6,000 rode the entire week from LeMars to Clinton. That means approximately 9,000 part-timers, and most of them on the eastern half. This was real evident Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Easy to get on the road in the morning and very easy to navigate the pass through towns. Then it was back to normal…[Read more]
You hit the nail right on the head, Mr. Moore. About 25% of our team biked into Lansing and some of them took the 16 mile direct route rather than the Ragbrai route. A few decided to be picked up in Harpers Ferry. Small town Iowa is a huge part of Ragbrai and Lansing showed us why this is true.
We camped by Team Roadshow in Oskaloosa a few years ago. There was never a “dull” moment. One of them was actually blowing a bugle at 6am. I think he was still drunk from the night before. They are actually pretty good performers with their juggling act. I missed their performances this year.
My friends ask me about my best and worst each year. Very difficult to think of a worst. Actually difficult to think of a best because each day is fun if you are there to bike. We have become a pampered society. I found each town very accommodating but then again I sleep in a tent and don’t care about the drinking. All I need is a shower and a…[Read more]
We are visitors in any Ragbrai county or town and need to be respectful of their policies and practices. I am there to bike and enjoy the Iowa towns and countryside. No issues with Kossuth County and thank them for wanting to be a part of Ragbrai 2017.
We hit Lansing at around noon and I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of in town traffic. We had a very easy time dipping our tires and getting our picture taken by committee members. I didn’t witness the traffic entering and exiting Lansing so can’t critique. Our team biked across the Mississippi River bridge and six miles over to Desoto,…[Read more]
Is anyone concerned about the potential logistical nightmare in Lansing — a town of about 1,000 soon to be about 20,000 on July 29 with a total area of 1.08 square miles? There doesn’t appear to be too many routes in and out of town. Arrive early and get out of town? Stop before Lansing or bike beyond Lansing?