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So I just keep thinking… if it’s a short ride this year, and a relatively flat ride, and it’s not hot… is it really RAGBRAI?
My personal experience has been that water is very plentiful until Day 7. Many of the vendors that have tagged along all week selling various forms of hydration pack up and go home a day early. Take extra care on Day 7and top off your water bottles every chance you get.
I participated in the 2012 GRABAAWR ride and did not find it any more hilly than my 2011 RAGBRAI experience. Our biggest challenge for the ride was head winds all day every day. Nothing dramatic, but we were constantly aware of and fatigued by them. As the route shifted from southerly to westerly, so did the winds. And, as others have noted, it was a tiny, mostly older crowd. There weren’t any vendors and fairly sparse sag stops along the route, so you had to be MUCH more careful about your food and water supplies throughout the day. All the campgrounds were on public school grounds, so there were no adult beverages allowed in camp, and if there was any shuttle service available into town for access to food and drink, they usually shut down by 9, so that was effectively curfew. The scenery in northern Wisconsin was amazing, but we rode out of that northwoods landscape on day 3 and things were much more “subtle” after that.
With the huge crowds, especially as things bunch up in the stopover towns, I would recommend considering the riding with her on a tandem. It’s a big, continuous challenge not to get separated, and, if you are a strong biker, you can take on a larger amount of the work during times when she isn’t willing or able to put in full effort.
O2 Cool good. All Coleman tent fans bad. My Coleman crapped out on night two and the rest of the week was not pleasant.
I will not argue with any of you that we are foolish for trying this. Not the first, nor hopefully the last time, that I will try foolish things. Seriously, how many of your non-cycling friends question your sanity for riding a “normal” RAGBRAI week?
This is just a different adventure that I envisioned and I am drawn to the idea of the extreme challenge, a big party at the end of our third day, and lots of opportunities for inexpensive transportation back across the state at the end of the ride.
Despite my complaints, I loved RAGBRAI last year, and I’m sure that I will do it again in the more traditional fashion. But, at age 45, if I’m going to attempt this, I had better do it sooner rather than later. Just wish us luck, ignore us, or whatever suits you, and I’ll buy a beer on the curb Friday night in _____ for those of you who we have offended by simply asking “what if” (I’m sure those numbers will continue to grow now that I have made that offer).
Sorry, Tony… I knew that somebody would bust me for using that terminology. Just trying to get people’s attention. RAAM riders would laugh at the ease of the challenge. Not pretending that it’s an epic endeavor.
Thanks, KS. Probably pretty accurate observations. We may just pretend that we are lost/slow and WAY behind the main pack.
Loved the ride last year, but part of this crazy idea is to eliminate most if not all of the camping. That part royally sucked due to the heat IMO.
Finally, after four post RAG rides, I have my mojo back, and then some! I enjoyed my evenings to excess during my week in the corn, but chose to put in some pretty hard training each day while the sun beat down on our backs. I was very depressed when my first rides two last week were major bonks, but it seems that my system has now recovered and tonight I rode my 26 mile weeknight training ride with a 19+mph average — not exactly blazing, but that’s a full 2 miles an hour faster than I was riding before RAG. Thanks, Loess Hills!
Burt’s Bees “Lifeguard’s Choice”… they don’t list a specific SPF on the package, but the really stuff works. And it will turn his lips white due to the titanium dioxide, so he will look somewhat strange and probably scare off potential flirting partners.
Made the drive over 4th of July weekend and it took exactly 3 hours from KC to Glenwood via 29 to 71 to 34. Was actually very surprised how light the traffic was given the detour and the holiday weekend. Ragbrai may change that, especially on 34.
I posted that question to them on their Facebook page after they advertised the t-shirt deal and they (RB Altoona) definitely confirmed that your wristband will get you in free of charge.
Even though I’m in my mid-40’s now, my dear old Ma still worries about her boy. She’s decided to start watching the Tour de France this year, somehow thinking that it shares some similarities to my upcoming week in the corn. Bad idea! All the crazy crashes and mangled bodies along the side of the rode these past few days have left her in a near panic! Hopefully no press vehicles will plow any of us into a barbed-wire fence.
Getbent, we have some sort of gnat infestation in our house that came in from the garden with the veggies, and your screen id has made me smack my monitor 3 times today!
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