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trek2300 replied to the topic GARMIN routes in the forum RAGBRAI XLIX – 2022 9 months, 4 weeks ago
GPS routes are available on ridewithgps.com. Mark47n is the creator and those files are linked to ragbrai.com. There is also a source NCBC of 2022 RAGBRAI files but I have no idea who that is. For now, I’d trust the files with Mark47n as the creator. However, nothing is finalized until after the route survey which is happening this week.
The files…[Read more]
trek2300 replied to the topic Saturday travel into Le Mars = First Timer! in the forum RAGBRAI XLVIII – 2021 1 year, 8 months ago
Imagine a major college football parking crowd in a small town with a limited number of ways in and out. That is the last two miles of RAGBRAI traffic. I’d suggest previewing multiple route options in Le Mars using Google Earth so you have familiarity with the road names. You should get within five or six blocks before you have to hoof it. Just…[Read more]
trek2300 replied to the topic Different wristband number between email and Enmotive registration website?! in the forum RAGBRAI XLVIII – 2021 1 year, 8 months ago
I had the same issue. RAGBRAI relied that they had to re-assign a number of wristband numbers for technical reasons. RAGBRAI also notified charters and Clinton parking of the new numbers. Bottom line: The number that came with your packet is good.
trek2300 replied to the topic Le Mars 2005 Campground in the forum RAGBRAI XLVIII – 2020 3 years, 1 month ago
In 2005, the Le Mars main campgrounds were at the fairgrounds on the northeast side of town. I fondly remember Blue Bunny giving away product samples during the bike expo. Hint, hint!
trek2300 replied to the topic Brancel Charter in the forum Miscellaneous 3 years, 3 months ago
Brancel is a class act with a staff that goes out of their way to provide top of the line service. Not surprisingly, every year you see most of the same staff and riders which gives a bit of a family feeling. Unfortunately, some of my friends have had significant family events occur during the ride and Bob Brancel has always responded as necessary…[Read more]
trek2300 replied to the topic Heat concerns in the forum RAGBRAI XLVII – 2019 3 years, 8 months ago
The forecast temperatures and humidity levels could make the first several days interesting. As previously noted: keep hydrated, ride slowly, and stop frequently. To be on the safe side, consider carrying a third water bottle in a jersey pocket. Estimates vary, but some articles state perspiration rates of 1.5 to 2.5 liters per hour are typical.…[Read more]
trek2300 replied to the topic Keokuk dip site? Or parking for pickup in the forum RAGBRAI XLVII – 2019 3 years, 9 months ago
Oops, link is missing https://www.pencitycurrent.com/2019/06/30/keokuks-set-ragbrai-dip-in-victory-park/
trek2300 replied to the topic 2 people needing a ride from Keokuk–>Council Bluffs:) in the forum Looking for RIDES 2019 3 years, 10 months ago
You’re correct, there are shuttles available from Keokuk to Council Bluffs. Keokuk also has long term parking available for $70. From my experience, using a RAGBRAI charter service is the least painful way to get from the finishing town to the starting town on Saturday. Several of the charters offer a transportation only option but you may want to…[Read more]
trek2300 replied to the topic Wednesday route? in the forum RAGBRAI XLVII – 2019 4 years ago
I’ll admit that I frequently elect not to ride the Karras Loop anymore. I’ve done enough of them in prior years that getting an early shower takes precedence over earning a patch. However, I wonder how the planned 2019 Karras stacks up challenge wise to some of the more memorable earlier loops? If memory serves me, 2012 was supposedly the most…[Read more]
trek2300 replied to the topic Baggage suggestions? in the forum RAGBRAI XLVII – 2019 4 years ago
Bag wise, there are myriad brands and price ranges available. Some bags will last nearly forever and others…not so much. However, I’m a firm believer in wheeled duffel bags. Rolling a bag, even over rough terrain, is significantly less challenging than carrying it.
Have a great RAGBRAI!
trek2300 replied to the topic Positive Jam for our RAGBRAI Director and staff, Let's Hear It. in the forum RAGBRAI XLVII – 2019 4 years, 1 month ago
Can you imagine the mental and physical anguish involved in ensuring an event of the magnitude of RAGBRAI succeeds? If any one Iowa town hosted a day long event with 10-20000 participants, it would be a huge deal. Now lengthen the activity to seven days, add multiple pass through towns to the mix, and finally balance rider enjoyment with safety…[Read more]
trek2300 replied to the topic RAGBRAI IV in the forum RAGBRAI XLVII – 2019 4 years, 1 month ago
Exceptional video! Undoubtedly, time has created a legacy that TJ and his crew have continued to nurture. Thanks again for allowing us to add to that history every summer.
trek2300 replied to the topic A Beginner's Guide to RAGBRAI in the forum RAGBRAI XLIV – 2016 4 years, 2 months ago
As Larry mentioned, talk to the kidlets. One of my fondest memories was stopping at a lemonade stand and hearing a munchkin yell out “Mom, we got one!” I guess sales had been a little slow that day.
trek2300 replied to the topic 2019 Route Predictions in the forum RAGBRAI XLVII – 2019 4 years, 2 months ago
Research with the Universal Translator yielded the following in Klingon: “Qo’, qatlh ghojwI’pu’lI’ RAGBRAI” or “RAGBRAI don’t care.”
Nice tag line but a little long to fit on a jersey.
As long as we have seven days of riding and go mainly easterly, I’m happy.
trek2300 replied to the topic Couple Questions for a First Timer in the forum RAGBRAI XLVII – 2019 4 years, 2 months ago
I’m not associated with Brancel but I have used their services for six RAGBRAIs with no complaints. In fact, I chartered with Brancel for my first RAGBRAI and every other. I like the size of their charter, not too big and not too small. Most of their crew is family or friends of family so you see the same staff faces nearly every year. You also…[Read more]
trek2300 started the topic Tornado Damage in the forum RAGBRAI XLVI – 2018 4 years, 8 months ago
Praying for the residents near Mashalltown, Pella, and Bondurant that there aren’t any fatalities or injuries. These threatening events help you realize that getting together with 10,000 of your closest friends for a week is a gift.
trek2300 replied to the topic Therm-a-Rest Sleeping Pad Upgrade? in the forum RAGBRAI XLVI – 2018 4 years, 9 months ago
Go Kot and a small self inflating pad like a Thermarest. You can spend less on a cot but, in this case, you get what you pay for.
trek2300 replied to the topic Water Stops on Route or Begging Locals for Garden Hose? in the forum Miscellaneous 4 years, 9 months ago
You can drink water from a hose if you add a healthy dribble of reposado. Lamentably, it is a horrendous waste of reposado.
trek2300 replied to the topic Solo with Brancel Charters – Looking for a group to hang with in the forum Miscellaneous 4 years, 9 months ago
Just show up at the Brancel canopies, grab a cold beverage, and look for riders your age. This year, four of us are chartering with Brancel again but met several years ago under the canopies. There are a lot of fun people that are easy to join in with.
trek2300 replied to the topic Miles needed? How many hill miles? in the forum Training 4 years, 9 months ago
I’m very lucky. After lengthy discussions, my wife now firmly believes that I have to follow the RAGBRAI training plan to the letter, unless I feel the need for even more miles. So, I have a bike kitchen pass for all the miles I want.
But I feel obligated to paraphrase Michrider: You can probably walk up any hill on RAGBRAI without any training.