Monday, July 28, 2008


My cellular provider (AT&T) had poor coverage along the route so I wasn't able to post much during the ride. "Contemporaneous" writing loses something when done after the fact so I won't try to do a day-by-day recap of the ride. Below are some of my general impressions from the ride.

First, in a good way, the ride exceeded my expectations. The people were great, the weather not unbearable and the food wonderful. Depending on what our schedule is next year, we'd have no hesitation about doing RAGBRAI again.

We had no major mechanical problems (one flat tire) and our bodies held up pretty well (Kurt's right knee started acting up towards the end of the trip). The conditioning we did before the ride must have been sufficient because physically, the ride was reasonable.

There are lots of people on the ride but you sign-on knowing that it is going to be you and 10,000 of your best friends on the trip.  


The atmosphere is such that you have no inhibitions over what you eat or drink. Your only responsibility is to have a good time and pedal yourself down the road to the next town. Remember, pie is breakfast food. 



The host towns and the pass-thru towns (places you go through during the day) go all out for this event. It is a celebration at every stop. 


There is a lot of corn in Iowa. From one end of the state to the other, we passed field after field of corn. Also, Iowa is NOT flat!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Hard Leg

7/21 - We made the real hard leg from Harlan to Jefferson. Fewer hills from here on. RAGBRAI is everything we expected & more!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

First Day

First day done. Tonight we opted to be indoors at a Lutheran church sleeping on padded pews. Plus it is air conditioned.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Are we ready? The truth is in the saddle!

We fly today to Omaha where we will spend the night. On Saturday we take a bus to Missouri Valley where the ride begins.

For support along the ride we are using Pork Belly Ventures. They will ferry our gear between towns and provide support above and beyond that in the basic RAGBRAI package.

Since the ride is sponsored by the Des Moines Register American newspaper (the "RA" in the rides acronym), there is ample coverage on the web at the newspaper's web site:

  Register American's main RAGBRAI page

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Bicycle Origami

Rather than carrying our bicycles with us on the flight to Omaha (near the ride's start), we shipped the them ahead on FedEx.

Marcia's Bike Friday is designed to be stuffed into a large Samsonite hard case. Kurt's Rodriguez is a conventional road bike and requires a larger case. Kurt's nephew Brett, a hard-core bicyclist, loaned Kurt his hard sided carrying case.


Marcia's bike
Kurt's bike


Marcia's bike
Kurt's bike 2008-07-078x
Packed and
ready to go

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Weekly RAGBRAI Training Summary

This blog post will be a "living" post and list our weekly training log. The daily rides will be shown in the appropriate weekly log.

If you want to see what this training is about, see this earlier post - Summer 2008 Plans.

  Date Total
Week 1 May 11-17 109 Miles
Week 2 May 18-24 127 Miles
Week 3 May 25-31 162 Miles
Week 4 June 1-7 119 miles
Week 5 June 8-14 150 miles
Week 6 June 15-21 208 miles
Week 7 June 22-28 215 miles
Week 8 June 30-July 5 135 miles
Week 9 July 6-9 149 miles
  Total 1374 miles

RAGBRAI Week 9 Training

This week has the last few days of training as we ship the bikes on Wednesday or Thursday.

(round trip unless otherwise noted)

July 6 Magnusson Park to Redmond 43 miles
July 7 Mercer Island Circumnavigation 13 miles
July 8 West Seattle to Bainbridge Island (route included extra miles on Bainbridge) 53 miles
July 9 Ballard to Woodinville
(last training ride!!!)
40 miles

Saturday, July 5, 2008

RAGBRAI Week 8 Training

(round trip unless otherwise noted)

June 30 West Seattle to Vashon Island with island circumnavigation and side trip to Point Robinson on Maury Island 47 miles
July 1 West Seattle to Kent 44 miles
July 5 West Seattle to Kent 44 miles