What you need to know - RAGBRAI XLVIII Day 5: Waterloo to Anamosa

  • 28 July, 2021
  • Andrea Parrott

Here’s what you need to know about Day 5 of RAGBRAI XLVIII, when we ride from Waterloo to Anamosa!

First things first: the route. It’s going to be a little cooler Thursday but be sure to still stay on top of drinking water and electrolytes, you’ll probably be a little behind from the mega hot day Wednesday:

Today’s ride is 83.7 miles with approximately 2,187 feet of climb. Those who ride the Karras Loop will tackle 110.8 miles and 3,894 feet of climb. Yes that’s an additional 1,700 feet of climb for the loopers! On our way from Waterloo to Anamosa, we visited Evansdale, Elk Run Heights, Raymond (first visit), Jesup (first visit), Shady Grove, Rowley, Walker, Center Point, Alice, and Central City. Stop by the People for Bikes booth downtown in every overnight town for route cards with more accurate between-town mileages.

Thursday on RAGBRAI XLVIII is Karras Loop Day and RAGBRAI Jersey Day!

Karras Loop Day
Turn your average RAGBRAI day into a bigger day with an optional 27.3 mile loop. Crew members will be on the route passing out loop patches to registered riders and if we’re lucky, John Karras will be there to cheer you along. Sadly, Karras wasn’t on the loop during the route inspection. See you in July, John!

RAGBRAI Jersey Day
Celebrate all that is RAGBRAI by wearing your 2021 RAGBRAI Jersey featuring the “On the Road Again” XLVIII logo.

Tide Takeover Day
Bag starting to get a little ripe? Stop by The Wash Tub laundromat in Anamosa from 1-5PM today and Tide will refresh your clothes with FREE P&G products.

We’re going to Go Pig or Go Home in Center Point! Follow them on Facebook to check out their RAGBRAI plans – just click this text!


Anamosa is going big or going home! Thanks to our official GIS Sponsor, CGA Consultants for our RAGBRAI XLVIII Overnight Town Maps!

To find out more about Anamosa’s plans for us visit their page on our website: https://ragbrai.com/route-maps/waterloo/?section=ui-rb-towns-1

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/welikebigbikes
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnamosaRagbrai


The main stage located on East Main Street at the intersection of Davis Street, will feature 3 local bands. Buffalo Creek will kick off the day starting at 2:30 PM. Band Member Doug Siefker says, “Buffalo Creek is looking forward to this great opportunity to perform for RAGBRAI with hits from the 80’s and 90’s including some originals as well”.

Anamosa’s popular Blue 60 Band will be starting about 5:45 PM and Steve Wendel lead vocalist has promised to not disappoint but will include the crowd participation they are known for.

The Boyscout Hippies will end the night beginning at 9:00 PM having everyone entertained up till 11:30 PM with their variety of Country, Rock, and everything in between! For the last 4 years Ron LaFleur and the Boy scout Hippies have been striving to create a great musical experience for the masses. They are extremely excited to be bringing everything they got to our Anamosa hometown crowd and RAGBRAI.

The local stage taking place on North Ford Street will have entertainment starting at 3:30 PM with some of the best talent in the Anamosa area including a dance company and an always popular Open Mic. They encourage both locals and RAGBRAI riders to participate. From 7:30-11:30 PM Double D Acoustic will play classic rock from the 80’s-2000’s.

MercyOne Health Tip


With summer in full swing and lots of opportunities for outdoor fun, it’s a good time for a reminder about proper hand hygiene. Whether you’re attending a county fair, hitting the ballpark, spending the day on the water or participating in a biking event, it’s important to remember to wash your hands regularly – because germs are everywhere!


Fuel Up at Kwik Star Photo Contest

#FuelUp at KwikStar on RAGBRAI XLVIII. Whether you need snacks, caffeine, take home meals, or fuel, stop by one of the Kwik Stars along the RAGBRAI route to fuel up. To enter the contest take a picture of your fuel up choice, and post it to Instagram/Facebook, tag @RAGBRAI and @KwikStar or @KwikTrip and use #FuelUpRAGBRAI2021. Seven lucky winners will receive a $100 gift card to Kwik Star! Winners will be announced the week after the ride.

Hungry? Fareway is just around the corner. 
There’s a Fareway in Anamosa today! After how hot it’s been, how about some popsicles or mini ice cream cones?
It’s at 402 E Main St, Anamosa, IA 52205

Thirsty? Big Grove is with Mr. Pork Chop
Find a Tailwind – guaranteed! Just keep an eye out for Mr. Pork Chop’s big pig bus.

Need Swag? Scheels has you covered

Scheels is our official Sporting Goods Supplier and this week they’ll also be our official Swag Supplier. Stop by their tent next to the Iowa Beer Bus and BW Outdoors and see if you can score a freebie! The locations are marked on our official fold out maps.

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