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    Quote Originally Posted by iowarose
    I just sealed the envelope to register (through my local bike club) for this year's RAGBRAI. It will be my first. Maybe something could be arranged so bikeforum folks could meet - that would be fun.

    Any advice/tips from the RAGBRAI vets? I've been on a number of similar rides in other parts of the country, so the camping routine is familiar. But still.

    BTW, no drunk cycling from me...
    John (from Sioux City) and I are working on getting together and riding one of the days, maybe we can start with that. I too am some what of a non drinker myself but I plan on having a few cold ones, hate to miss out on all the fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soda
    oldspark: I know exactly where Peterson is at. You guys have a nice hill coming into and out of town. I also seem to remember that area has a nice scenic highway area for riding. ....goes off to do a google search..... Found it: It's called the O'Brien Glacial Trail Scenic Byway. I was up there this past year and brought my bike. I almost did that route but opted for a different route that a neighbor recommended. Next time I'm up that direction though, I'm going to try and take that route. One thing I did notice about riding in Iowa is that most of the roads are straight with A LOT of wind. I also discovered that, Northwest IA is more hilly than I remember. It doesn't fit the Iowa stereotype of being flat. I've never been on a 7 mile, low grade hill into a head wind before and it was one of the tougher hills I've done. I guess that big Buffalo Ridge that you can easily see whenever you look at a topographic map of IA is the reason for all those windmills too.

    I'll pay more attention to RAGBRAI this year and maybe I can coordinate a home visit with the first few days of the route.
    I ride on part of that route on a regular basis and love it, am blessed with hills and scenic roads both paved and gravel (MB and road), Peterson is in the Little Sioux River Valley and has nice hill all around. I should set up a mountain bike trail along the river on the gravel roads.

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    As soon as oldspark & I hash out the details, (there is still plenty of time), we'll let you all know what we come up with, either through a PM or in this thread. Then we'll all decide when the best day to ride together would be. I am only doing the first 3 days this year, (Sunday to Tuesday). Others may only be doing the last 3 or the middle 3, etc. It might end being where some of us ride together one day then other forum members ride toghether another day, etc. Someone may sign up then find out he or she can not go. I think we should all be open to any & all possibilities while planning this out. It should go pretty smooth though.

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    BTW, if any of you needs to know how to recognize Gus on RAGBRAI, look for the old Air Force guy with a bunch of his buddies towing him along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree Trunk
    BTW, if any of you needs to know how to recognize Gus on RAGBRAI, look for the old Air Force guy with a bunch of his buddies towing him along.
    Unless it's riding in the gravel time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus Riley
    Unless it's riding in the gravel time!
    Ouch -- I deserved that. Gus is referring to the time he caught me struggling last year through a dirt/gravel section with much soft and unstable sections. Since Gus is already accustomed to instability, it was no sweat for him.

    I hope I haven't given anyone the idea that I go to RAGBRAI for the party. Most of the year, I don't consume beverages of the alcoholic nature. RAGBRAI is a time for me to completely loosen up (as much as that's possible for me) and I have a tendency to forget the beverage rule for that one week of RAGBRAI. The gravel day Gus (and I) refer to followed an evening of spinning tents for me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree Trunk

    I hope I haven't given anyone the idea that I go to RAGBRAI for the party... The gravel day Gus (and I) refer to followed an evening of spinning tents for me!
    Can Tree Trunk come out and play??!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus Riley
    Can Tree Trunk come out and play??!!

    Picture from the movie "The Warriors"
    Boy, that's an OLD movie........I would have picked you as one of "The Babies"......

    I and some friends got kicked out of a theater for clinking bottles together during that movie (root beer, of course...really, I ain't lying!!).
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    Tree Trunk, since the Trek 2300 is broke and the Spinergies are also broke. How are we going to find you? Assuming there is no gravel this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus Riley
    Tree Trunk, since the Trek 2300 is broke and the Spinergies are also broke. How are we going to find you? Assuming there is no gravel this year.
    Look for a Celeste flash. I'm now riding a Bianchi with my old Spinergy on the front and light orange handlebar tape (an experiment gone bad). There is a possibility that I may be riding a Merckx by then, though.

    Bite yer tongue, neither gravel nor hangover will slow me down this year. Too much Beekman's ice cream, breakfast burrito, pie, pork chop, etc. might.

    Those of you who are riding RAGBRAI for the first time, I have another training tip. Prepare your system for all the food you are going to consume that week. This could be the first time you ride 500+ miles in one week and still gain weight!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree Trunk
    ...Bite yer tongue, neither gravel nor hangover will slow me down this year. Too much Beekman's ice cream, breakfast burrito, pie, pork chop, etc. might.
    TT, there is no gravel this year! You should be in top form! How 'bout a beer?
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    Still fairly new here; but one idea about meeting up. People who post/read the Ragbrai board - www.ragbrai.org - post a meeting place and time for Saturday evening; at least get all the names and faces put together initially. For example - last year's meeting North side of Courthouse at 7pm - wear orange. Probably 25 - 35 folks showed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rshutch
    Still fairly new here; but one idea about meeting up. People who post/read the Ragbrai board - www.ragbrai.org - post a meeting place and time for Saturday evening; at least get all the names and faces put together initially. For example - last year's meeting North side of Courthouse at 7pm - wear orange. Probably 25 - 35 folks showed up.
    There was one year where we all tried to meet at the only pizza Hut in the town of Cherokee (I believe). We got into town just when they expected some really bad weather. I made it up there and so did one or two others, but we still missed each other.

    A good meeting spot might just work.
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    There has been a slight change in my RAGBRAI plans. I will only be able to ride the first day this year. I will be there sometime on Saturday. As the RIDE RIGHT Coordinator I have to show the safety video, that should last about 30 to 45 minutes. I don't know what time I'll be showing it yet. But when I find out I'll post it here & maybe we can meet on Saturday where the video is shown & discuss where we'll meet on Sunday to ride together.

    Tell me what you all think & we'll go from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus Riley
    TT, there is no gravel this year! You should be in top form! How 'bout a beer?
    Alas, too many other rides taking my $$ and vacation time this year. No RAGBRAI this year. And it figures, no gravel this year. Too bad, I would be putting a beer with your name on it at the city limits of each overnight town on the route. With no gravel, you wouldn't be seeing me during the day (except to yell my usual taunt as I passed you in the morning).

    Nasty today, aren't I? Have a good time this year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree Trunk
    Alas, too many other rides taking my $$ and vacation time this year. No RAGBRAI this year. And it figures, no gravel this year. Too bad, I would be putting a beer with your name on it at the city limits of each overnight town on the route. With no gravel, you wouldn't be seeing me during the day (except to yell my usual taunt as I passed you in the morning).

    Nasty today, aren't I? Have a good time this year!
    Damn TT that sux!! I'm going to miss that beer too! Beating up on a 50 year old, you should be ashamed of yourself! Better watch out or Denver will get cha!

    Anyway, I'm all signed up and will be ready to go by the last week of July. Awaiting word on a meeting place...lets hear it!
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    I made the RAGBRAI lottery! No big deal, I think everyone does most years. I guess I better start training Now where did I put the Aegis?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus Riley
    ....Now where did I put the Aegis?!
    LOL, why does that statement NOT surprise me? I'll bet you can find your refrigerator!

    Hey, as an AF vet, why are you riding a bike named after a class of subs? Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree Trunk
    LOL, why does that statement NOT surprise me? I'll bet you can find your refrigerator!

    Hey, as an AF vet, why are you riding a bike named after a class of subs? Just a thought.
    Nice try!

    "aegis: 1. class the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena, bearing at its center the head of the Gorgon. 2. protection; sponsorship; under the imperial aegis..."

    From the dictionary. No mention of Navy submarines given. TT, you must have too much time on your hands, get back to work.

    My 'fridge "is" well stocked, come on down and help me find my bike and we can have a few after a good 30 mile training ride (which is going to hurt me worse than you, I'm sure!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus Riley
    Nice try!

    "aegis: 1. class the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena, bearing at its center the head of the Gorgon. 2. protection; sponsorship; under the imperial aegis..."

    From the dictionary. No mention of Navy submarines given. TT, you must have too much time on your hands, get back to work.

    My 'fridge "is" well stocked, come on down and help me find my bike and we can have a few after a good 30 mile training ride (which is going to hurt me worse than you, I'm sure!)
    Hey, that's an easy one to Google. Check this link out --

    http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/...s/wep-aeg.html

    I may take you up on that training ride. At the moment I am riding a lot, but by the end of this month I am supposedly going to have to slow down my training (according to my wife). I'll need an excuse to ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus Riley
    I made the RAGBRAI lottery! No big deal, I think everyone does most years. I guess I better start training Now where did I put the Aegis?!
    Gus, from what I understand, since they have been using the lottery, everyone who signs up by the deadline goes on RAGBRAI. This is what RAGBRAI officials have told pretty much everyone they talk to about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tree Trunk
    ...I may take you up on that training ride. At the moment I am riding a lot, but by the end of this month I am supposedly going to have to slow down my training (according to my wife). I'll need an excuse to ride!
    You're always welcome. We're gone the first three weeks in June...Florida vacation!
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    If anyone has a spare Ragbrai Pass, my neighbor could sure use it.

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