Category Archives: RAGBRAI

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 »

Team Earworm

I will be leaving for RAGBRAI in less than a month.  After a tough year both personally and professionally, RAGBRAI will be a great escape.  There is a lot of work to be done, before the ride, but since I am riding solo, there is not a lot of coordination to be done. However, it would be fun to ride with a team!  I have even put some thought into… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2015 Pass through BEER!

RAGBRAI 2015 Pass through BEER!  On my first RAGBRAI, I felt lost.  I am used to having access to literally hundreds of Craft BEER options in Seattle.  That is not the case in Iowa.  Though their Craft Brew industry may still be small, that does not mean that you cannot find fine Craft BEER.  You just have to look for them. Last time, I covered the craft breweries located in overnight… 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 »