Hi Anne! I live in the northern suburbs. This will be my 3rd RAGBRAI. I rode in 2017 and 2018, decided to take a year off, turned into 2, and here we are! I have gone solo with the Register truck both times. It’s definitely doable and it’s an economic option. Also, you’re never truly alone on a ride like this.
I liked this year’s logo because of the braid. I have very long hair that I often wear in a braid just like that when riding. I don’t play guitar, but I can assume that there are guitarists out there who feel similarly included.
I’d want to see the East-to-West ride follow a different route and go through different towns, with just the end towns being the same, creating a giant loop. That way, more towns would get the benefit, and the only town getting hit twice would be the starting town (and given how eager most riders are to leave once the ride is over, I’d assume it…[Read more]
This would be an epic celebration of cycling. A lot of us have crossed Iowa on a bicycle, but how many have gone across and back? Not to mention the people who would choose one ride over the other due to schedule, route preference, etc. I like it!
I actually think this is a lot of it, and probably part of the reason for lower women’s participation as well. I had my daughter when I was in my early 20’s, and most of my energy, free time, vacation time, money, etc. in my 20’s and 30’s went to taking care of a family. I’ve always ridden a bicycle around town, etc., but I wasn’t really able to…[Read more]
I’m from out of state, too, and I was wondering exactly how many people were upset by the King issue? And how many would still be so upset by next July? All we got here where I live was the initial feel-good story, and none of this weird controversy that followed. I certainly never expected the Carson King story to have anything to do with…[Read more]
Per TJ on the latest “Just Go Bike” podcast, the posted distances are from city limit to city limit, and do not include the distance traveled within the towns/cities. Even in small towns, I would guess that extra distance can add up over the day and the entire route.
I was puzzled in the past that my Strava distance was so far off the off…[Read more]
I bought this one last year. Worked well, loved the backpack straps, has a plastic coasting to keep moisture out in case it were to get rained on. I used an old army duffel bag the first year and found it much more awkward to carry by myself.
My total per Strava was 469.4 miles, stayed in the campground near the Register semis each time, no loops. The last day was 78.4 miles for me, the farthest one of all! I preferred last year’s shorter, if hillier, last day. Party had wound down in Davenport by the time I got in.
Speaking of last year, we were very close to the MN border at C…[Read more]
The noisiest campground was Brookside Park in Ames with the @#&!insects (cicadas?) I could hardly stand it, even with earplugs. Heard some hooting and hollering after midnight in Onawa, but was otherwise unbothered by humans. Long days in the saddle help me sleep like a rock. But those insects…I was about to go out of my mind.
I was looking for a water bottle fill in Soldier and was allowed to use the faucet inside the fire department, but I was a little surprised there wasn’t a filling station like other towns had. I only have 2017 to compare, but Day 1 this year did have a different vibe.
I had 10 extra miles the last day—78 miles per Strava, the longest day of all! I had been wondering if that happened to others. I camped by the RAGBRAI trailers. I also did some riding around Davenport at the end that accounted for an extra mile or so (but certainly not 10).
I rolled in about that time, too. I never really made it in to the town festivities. It’s not that I didn’t want to, but by the time the person picking me up figured out where I was, he was so exasperated and ready to leave town. It was a small town and tough for vehicles to get in and out. We ended up leaving by some circuitous back route (thank…[Read more]