To clarify: there’s no expectation of being in hosts’ home. We camp. My post is mostly a rumination about the apparent uselessness of applying for host matching through the official channels. Not looking for pampering, just wanting to plan ahead for where we’re going to lay down for the night. I’m a planner. It’s like a nervous tic.
Both would WDM & Marion on same route would be great! But implies more central route than north.
I think in general most people were friendly and happy to see us. I did notice a certain undertone of resentment in a few places – people who glared as we passed instead of the usual smiles. I chalk it up to the generally ugly political climate we’re all living through. Not pointing any fingers in any particular direction, just noting that resentment seems like the flavor of our time.
I don’t know if this was a RAGBRAI thing or an overnight town thing, but this was a constant source of irritation for our support drivers (small team of 4, we trade off riding/driving): campgrounds on all the town maps are just marked as campgrounds, but when you go to find a campsite you find out that it’s all reserved for some charter or other. I have no objection to charters or to reserving space for them, but given that the space must have been reserved well in advance and the maps weren’t posted until quite late, why not mark which campgrounds are strictly for charters and which are “open?” Would have saved us a lot of driving around.
Good point about moisture, Chris. The 50 lb limit is for the entire package (bag + anything attached to it), correct?
Yeah, that’s my plan. Unfortunately doesn’t make tent any smaller!
We drove into Sigourney in the late morning, looking for a campsite for our little team of 4. We went to the fairgrounds first, only to find all the flat ground already occupied by RVs and the kybos few and far between. Then we went to the high school and found heaven: sheltered, quiet spot just a few feet from the entrance to the school, which stayed open all night and fed us delicious tacos for $5 all you can eat. I imagine the Sigourney experience was either the best or the worst, depending where you were. We were lucky to get the best.
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