The RAGBRAI 2015 experience.

By | July 31, 2015

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.

Welcome!

Welcome!

 

This guy has ridden RAGBRAI 40+ years on this bike.  It weights thousands of pounds.

This guy has ridden RAGBRAI 40+ years on this bike. It weights thousands of pounds.

Get out your finest throwing Granny panties!  It is Huey Lewis and the news!!!  I also say Pseudo Styx and Cheap Trick at this Year's RAGBRAI.

Get out your finest throwing Granny panties! It is Huey Lewis and the News!!! I also saw Pseudo Styx and Cheap Trick at this Year’s RAGBRAI.

Tire dip in the Missouri!

Tire dip in the Missouri!

Being serenaded by bagpipe seems normal on RAGBRAI.  Great way to start a ride :)

Being serenaded by bagpipe seems normal on RAGBRAI. Great way to start a ride 🙂

Storm Lake!  First overnight.

Storm Lake! First overnight.

Tents!  Tents everywhere!

Tents! Tents everywhere!

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The Iowa Craft Beer Tent! I saw a lot of this tent. They had 2 stops along the route almost every day! http://www.iowacraftbeertent.com/

Madness in a pass-through town.  Find food, find free water and find the honey bucket.

Madness in a pass-through town. Find food, find free water and find the honey bucket.

 

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A little rest at the Iowa Craft Beer Tent.

Single Speed Brewing!  Check out the bikes in the background!

Single Speed Brewing! Check out the bikes in the background!  http://www.singlespeedbrewing.com/

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If food is good, Iowa law dictates that it is better on a stick. Here we have steak on a stick. Yum!

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Vinton, IA. Pass-through town.

A lovely RAGBRAI sunset.

A lovely RAGBRAI sunset.

I found the Beatles in Mount Vernon, IA.

I found the Beatles in Mount Vernon, IA.

More pass-though shenanigans in Mount Vernon.

More pass-though shenanigans in Mount Vernon.

Waiting in line for Mr. Pork Chop

Waiting in line for Mr. Pork Chop

Mmmmm.  Pork Chop.  You don't eat healthy on RAGBRAI.

Mmmmm. Pork Chop. You don’t eat healthy on RAGBRAI.

A torrential downpour slowed progress on Day 6.  Luckily I was able to get a seat at Big Grove Brewing to wait out the storm.  http://biggrovebrewery.com/

A torrential downpour slowed progress on Day 6. Luckily I was able to get a seat at Big Grove Brewing to wait out the storm. http://biggrovebrewery.com/

The Coralville Dam.

The Coralville Dam.

Arrival into Coralville.

Arrival into Coralville.

Tire dip on the banks of the mighty Mississippi!  I made it to Davenport!

Tire dip on the banks of the mighty Mississippi! I made it to Davenport!

Well there you have it!  It was advertised to be about 460 miles.  By the time I did the Kerras loop, my total was 530!  You should expect to ride further each day than shown on the RAGBRAI cue sheets.  You should also plan on packing plenty of patience.  There will be 10,000 to 30,000 people riding with you.  The logistics of such an event are mind boggling.  There is no way it can go off without a hitch.  However, if you can deal with the hassle that is bound to come up, you will have an awesome experience which is unlike any other bike ride in the world.  It is a giant, crazy rolling party and I had a ball!

 

 

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