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]