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Steele-Bike 07-30-06 04:34 PM

My Day with RAGBRAI
 
After months of planning on riding the last day of RAGBRAI, my plans were squashed by an illness. But, I was not too bummed, because the ride was going right in front of my house. How many times do you get to watch 10-15,000 riders go by your house in a 4 hour period? So, I took full advantage of the situation and set my lawn chairs at the curb side, pulled the garden hose out to the street and sprayed some mist to cool the sweaty masses. If you rode through West Branch and saw a guy with his wife and kid sitting on the opposite side of the road spraying a hose, that was Steele-Bike himself.

I was surprised that I got yelled at several times when said riders had wandered across the center line into my mist of water. I even had a State Trooper stop to confirm that I wasn't spraying anyone who didn't want it. (Let the record show that I was lightly misting the opposite side of the road.) It was 90+ degrees and who is so concerned on a tour that they might encounter a split second of moisture. Maybe they didn't have their Gore-Tex lycra on, my bad. Anyways, it was quite a sight, and I captured an hour and half of it on my video camera. Too bad Lance skipped the last day. Maybe I will ride along with the 500,000 riders next year in hopes of seeing the man...

halfspeed 07-30-06 05:33 PM


Originally Posted by Steele-Bike
After months of planning on riding the last day of RAGBRAI, my plans were squashed by an illness. But, I was not too bummed, because the ride was going right in front of my house. How many times do you get to watch 10-15,000 riders go by your house in a 4 hour period? So, I took full advantage of the situation and set my lawn chairs at the curb side, pulled the garden hose out to the street and sprayed some mist to cool the sweaty masses. If you rode through West Branch and saw a guy with his wife and kid sitting on the opposite side of the road spraying a hose, that was Steele-Bike himself.

I was surprised that I got yelled at several times when said riders had wandered across the center line into my mist of water. I even had a State Trooper stop to confirm that I wasn't spraying anyone who didn't want it. (Let the record show that I was lightly misting the opposite side of the road.) It was 90+ degrees and who is so concerned on a tour that they might encounter a split second of moisture. Maybe they didn't have their Gore-Tex lycra on, my bad. Anyways, it was quite a sight, and I captured an hour and half of it on my video camera. Too bad Lance skipped the last day. Maybe I will ride along with the 500,000 riders next year in hopes of seeing the man...


I think most of us appreciated the spray. There are grouches in every crowd.

Some riders, of course, carry squirt guns to return the favor. :)

N_C 07-30-06 05:56 PM

I'm sorry illness kept you from riding RAGBRAI this year.

I only did the first 3 days. There were people spraying water out onto the street with garden hoses & there were those who just had a lawn sprinkler set up to do so. I am a cyclist who does not like being sprayed with water. I either say no thank you or shake my head no at the person doing it. They usually stop spraying or I am able to ride around it to avoid getting wet. If it is a sprinkler that is spraying the whole street with out anyone there I stop get off the bike & make a wide berth around it going through a ditch if I have to.

I do not like the cold shock to my body. I ride a recumbent & do not like the foam seat pad getting wet. And as I carry no lube on RAGBRAI I would rather not have my components getting wet with out anyway to re-lube them. I wear glasses & water spots on them make it hard to see. So if it were me I would have said no or made a wide berth around you to avoid getting sprayed.

supcom 07-30-06 06:55 PM

Getting wet in the summertime is great. I buy good bikes that can be ridden in virtually any weather, including downpours. So a little bit of water from a garden hose doesn't bother me at all. Besides, the small amount of water sprayed by a considerate resident quickly evaporates and does no harm to rider or machine.

You done good Steele-Bike and I'm sure many riders enjoyed the brief bit of cooling you so thoughfully provided.

edp773 07-30-06 07:15 PM

Sorry to hear about your illness but it looks like you made the best of the situation. I did not ride RAGBRAI, but was sprayed by a guy today who immediateLy saiid sorry. I replied, "Thats ok it felt good."

I go by West Branch on my way to U of I hospital. Too far for me to commute by bike though.

skiahh 07-30-06 07:27 PM


Originally Posted by Steele-Bike
10-15,000 riders ....

Maybe I will ride along with the 500,000 riders next year in hopes of seeing the man...

Are there really that many riders that freeload?


Originally Posted by www.ragbrai.org
Is there a limit on registrations?
RAGBRAI is limited to 8,500 week-long riders and 1,500 daily riders. Applications can exceed the number of riders allowed, so a random computer lottery takes place after all of the applications are entered in the computer. Lottery results are available online on May 1, 2006.

And 500,000 freeloaders??? Wow.

halfspeed 07-30-06 08:42 PM


Originally Posted by skiahh
Are there really that many riders that freeload?

I heard one estimate of 20,000 riders on the road on Thursday. It certainly looked like there were a lot more riders on the road this year. I'm confident the presence of LA pushed the number of riders to record levels.


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