I had a great day. I got going early. I used up both bags of Scratch (sports mix) before 10 am. Ate some good food – Whisky Brownie, Fried Tofu, and pie. My riding average was 16 mph. And for the last 30 miles, I rode to tunes from The Irish Rovers, AC/DC, Guns and Roses, and John Denver. I was to camp by 12:30 pm. I set up tent, packed for tomorrow, started everything charging, and headed for the showers by 1:30pm. It was great!
THIS IS NOT HOW RAGBRAI IS SUPPOSED TO BE DONE!
It is now 5 pm and most of the rest of the team is just rolling in. They likely hit the road at 8 am instead of 6:20 am. They spent time in all the different towns scoping out the local stuff, and hung out in the beer gardens chatting. Almost everyone rolls in with 2-5 others. RAGBRAI is about the social experience with a 450 mile bike ride thrown in.
I have never done RAGBRAI right, but this year I’m worse than normal. The good news is, I know what I’m missing. The bad news is, I’ll keep going tomorrow just like I did today. Two reasons for this:
Today was a great day for me. BUT if you are reading this post and thinking of doing RAGBRAI sometime in the future, please don’t follow my lead. If you come, plan on taking 10 hours to do a 60 mile ride. Ride with people like my son Cole, or Gene, or Tina, or Barb and any of the others. These people know how to do RAGBRAI.
The Road Rider