Category Archives: RAGBRAI Route

The RAGBRAI 2015 experience.

The RAGBRAI 2015 experience.  RAGBRAI 2015 was my third RASGBRAI.  I have written about the previous year’s adventures in the blog, but I wonder if my silly words really do the experience justice.  This year, instead of trying to explain the delightful pandemonium of RAGBRAI I thought I might try to show you with a photo essay.     Well there you have it!  It was advertised to be about… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2015… What you need to know. Part 2 Where the BEER at?

RAGBRAI 2015…  What you need to know.  Part 2. Where the BEER at? If you read part one of RAGBRAI 2015…  What you need to know, you know that there will be craft BEER options on RAGBRAI whether or not the overnight town has a brewery.  Thank goodness!  Enjoying well crafted, tasty barley sodas is the cherry on top of a hell’a fun event.  If you want to experience the growing… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2015… What you need to know.

RAGBRAI 2015…  What you need to know. Anyone who talks to me about cycling knows that I love RAGBRAI.  Going halfway across the country to ride my bike across Iowa is a great escape.  It is a giant rolling party.  RABGRAI has also been great for CYCLEBUTTCRACK.  CYCLEBUTTCRACK participated in its first bike expo at RAGBRAI and previous blog posts about the ride have been wildly popular.  I am very… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 – Craft BEER!

RAGBRAI 2014 – Craft BEER! RAGBRAI is a bike ride.  RAGBRAI is a party. The party beverage of choice at RAGBRAI is BEER.  Unfortunately, Iowa is not the cradle of the craft beer movement.  In Forest City, I asked a local pizza shop owner where could find a micro brew.  His response, ‘Oh you mean SNOB BEER?’  I informed him I was looking for beer with flavor.  This was one… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 7 – The glorious last day

This year’s RAGBRAI was a big challenge for me.  There was the heat and humidity, which certainly took its toll the first few days.  During those first days my friends The Stones kept me company.  No, not the Rolling Stones, the kidney stones.  They really sap your strength on a bike.  My glasses were blown off my face and ran over.   I lost my debit card.  I destroyed a… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 6 – There’s a storm Brewing

When I went to bed Thursday night.  There was not a cloud in the sky.  I found an outlet to charge my phone and all was well with the world.  Concerns of possible thunderstorms had vanished.  I settled into my tiny tent for a restful night’s sleep.  That was cut short somewhere between 3:00 am and the ass-crack of dawn.  I was awoken by rain landing on my tent.  If… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 5 – A milestone, museums and Amish pie!

Mason City was fun and the best Hump Day Ever!  Thursday’s adventures would have me heading to Waverly, IA.   At RAGBRAI, every day’s adventure begins with breaking down camp, putting all your crap back in a bag and getting it to the baggage truck.  This may not seem like much until you consider that thousands of people are doing the exact same thing.  We are setting up tent cities… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 4 Short and Sweet

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 4, promised to be a short and sweet affair.  Despite the challenges of the previous day’s rides, I felt as though I was getting stronger.  The soreness in my legs had begun to subside, I was finally catching up on my sleep and I was beginning to relax and let loose.  I had been looking forward to getting to Mason City.  I am an architecture dork and… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 3. Wind, Wind and more Wind!

RAGBRAI Day 3 turned out to be one of those days when I wished I didn’t wear prescription glasses. They have some wind in Iowa, that’s for sure! It was 81 miles from Emmetsburg to Forest City. A head wind is the cruelest of the winds. However, the side wind is just a jerk! The previous day’s ride ended with an 8 mile pull into a brutal headwind coming out of the south.  The… Read More »