RAGBRAI Route Inspection Pre-Ride Day 7 – DeWitt to Clinton

  • 13 June, 2021
  • Andrea Parrott

Look we were in DeWitt overnight and we’re still not sure if we can “handle” it! What a fun community to visit. A small group of about a dozen riders gathered this morning to ride for the final day of the 2021 Route Inspection from DeWitt to Clinton.

We would like to take a second to say thank you to our amazing 2021 Pre Ride Crew! Joanie (Green) Mousel, Tag Mousel, Ryan Hanson, and Liam Drake! We would LITERALLY be lost without you. And sometimes we’re lost with you too :)

Also a huge thanks to Brian Powers, Des Moines Register photographer for capturing our journey across the state, even though he loves to take photos of us struggling up hills.

And finally, thank you to the many communities who welcomed us this week. We couldn’t appreciate you more and cannot wait to be back in a few short weeks.

Today’s ride was 31.6 miles with approximately 1,148 feet of climb. On our way from DeWitt to Clinton, we visited Charlotte, Goose Lake, and Six Mile. Click this text for a map of the seventh day of RAGBRAI XLVIII.

Photos from our trip are below – but be sure to scroll down for details on the day’s ride and our overnight town, Clinton!

Wow, what a ride! If our trip across Iowa this week is any indication, you all are going to have a blast on RAGBRAI this July. The towns are just as welcoming and excited to see us as ever, maybe more so since we’ve been planning for so long. Similar to the ride from Anamosa to De Witt, most of the elevation change for Saturday is in the first half of the day. Ride the hills into Charlotte and take a big breakfast break, then power through the rest of the hills into Goose Lake. Goose Lake is planning a pool party that you won’t want to miss!! Heading from there to Six Mile, you’ll see things level out. This is a little different for veteran RAGBRAI riders as many of us are used to sharp hills as we near the Mississippi. Instead, you’re in for a treat as we roll in to town. Clinton has a top notch dip site for us, complete with a scenic Marina and a roll down along the river as you head to long term parking and the charters’ camps.

On the ride, Charlotte will be your go-to breakfast stop. On a normal Saturday, they’re a great place to stop for coffee!

Thanks to the Pre Ride Crew for a great week this week!

Taking a break at the gas station in Goose Lake.

We made it! Dipping our tires in the Mississippi River in Clinton!

Click here for photos from today’s ride by Brian Powers of The Des Moines Register! 

For a description of our visits to each pass-through town, check out today’s episode of the JustGoBike podcast! Featuring Kathy “Murphology” Murphy and Andrea “ParrotTalk” Parrott! You can find it wherever you like to listen to podcasts or follow this link: https://soundcloud.com/justgobike/just-go-bike-preride-day-7


Does it seem like Clinton gets prettier every time we visit? Well it does, in part due to a Vision Iowa grant which upped the beauty of the Riverview Park in Clinton, one of the first cities honored by the Department of Cultural Affair’s “Iowa Great Places” program.

The community hopes you stay in Clinton long enough to enjoy some of the city’s many attractions including the Bickelhaupt Arboretum, the Clinton Sawmill Museum, the Clinton Historical Society Museum, Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center, the Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center, Eagle Point Park and the Wild Rose Casino & Resort.

Click this text for more information on Clinton RAGBRAI Plans!

Click this text for more fun facts about Clinton!

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClintonRAGBRAI
Twitter: https://twitter.com/visitclintonia
Instagram: @visitclintoniowa 

We recorded a preview of our journey from Le Mars to Sac City on the JustGoBike Podcast! Listen here:

Be sure to tune in each day for Route Inspection updates:
Social Media * Here on RAGBRAI.com * JustGoBike Podcast
ft. Kathy Murphy aka Murphology and ParrotTalk!
We’ll release a JustGoBike Podcast every day! Including fun facts and RAGBRAI plans from the pass through towns on RAGBRAI XLVIII!

You can also follow the pre-ride adventure and learn interesting tidbits about the route by following us on social media:
Facebook: Facebook.com/RAGBRAI
Instagram: @RAGBRAI 
Murphology Podcast on Instagram: @MurphologyPodcast
JustGoBike Podcast: soundcloud.com/JustGoBike

Have a great day and we will check in with you tomorrow! – Andrea

1 Comment

  1. CarolThompson

    I noticed that the Iowa map has omitted a portion of the road that is on your mapped route, leading to a discrepancy from the real route. N41 goes straight north out of Lake City, and joins D46 directly north of there.

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