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Old 02-08-11, 04:59 PM
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Bagging RAGBRAI This Year

Registration, wavier, and check sent in for this year's RAGBRAI. Going to bag it this year with panniers. I've ridden RAGBRAI eight times in the past, always on my road bike, and always supported...this year I'm doing it different...on the LHT and self supported. Should be fun.

I know there are others doing the same, but are they members here in Bike Forums?

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and here I thought "bagging it" meant you weren't going to go through with it
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Planning on my first RAGBRAI self-supported this year. I've never ridden in any kind of group before, so it oughta be interesting bordering on reckless.

If all goes as planned it'll be as a part of a much larger tour and I'll be heavily loaded with panniers and a trailer. Expect me in the back with the old folks and slower kids =P
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Originally Posted by Tansy
Planning on my first RAGBRAI self-supported this year. I've never ridden in any kind of group before, so it oughta be interesting bordering on reckless.

If all goes as planned it'll be as a part of a much larger tour and I'll be heavily loaded with panniers and a trailer. Expect me in the back with the old folks and slower kids =P
Panniers and a trailer?! You are going heavy!
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Originally Posted by Gus Riley
Panniers and a trailer?! You are going heavy!
Hehe, well I can't just let that go unanswered.

I'm moreso planning on vagabonding around than traditional touring. Expensive campgrounds and even cheap motels are something I'll be avoiding, so my camp set up is my home and comfort means traveling heavy and slow.

The trailer is something I went back and forth about for a while. I could carry all my gear in panniers alone, but with a trailer I can haul firewood and water, carry a bucket-crapper in BLM lands where it's a requirement, a large bear barrel, stock up on food for remote areas. I decided it'll be worthwhile even if I'm taking most of the weight in my panniers.

The only thing I'm iffy about is dragging it along for RAGBRAI, which I refuse to miss out on this year. Option B is to buy a BOB along the way, once I actually need it, but I have a long time to decide on that. Too long, really
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Originally Posted by Tansy
Hehe, well I can't just let that go unanswered.

I'm moreso planning on vagabonding around than traditional touring. Expensive campgrounds and even cheap motels are something I'll be avoiding, so my camp set up is my home and comfort means traveling heavy and slow.

The trailer is something I went back and forth about for a while. I could carry all my gear in panniers alone, but with a trailer I can haul firewood and water, carry a bucket-crapper in BLM lands where it's a requirement, a large bear barrel, stock up on food for remote areas. I decided it'll be worthwhile even if I'm taking most of the weight in my panniers.

The only thing I'm iffy about is dragging it along for RAGBRAI, which I refuse to miss out on this year. Option B is to buy a BOB along the way, once I actually need it, but I have a long time to decide on that. Too long, really
If you are a registered RAGBRAI rider you could have them haul your trailer from night stop to night stop.
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If you're registered, doesn't baggage carrying come as part of the deal? It did when I rode RAGBRAI in 1993. Of course, getting up early enough to take down my tent, roll up my sleeping bag, and getting everything to the baggage truck early enough in the morning was often a hassle.
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You haul firewood?
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Originally Posted by BigBlueToe
If you're registered, doesn't baggage carrying come as part of the deal? It did when I rode RAGBRAI in 1993. Of course, getting up early enough to take down my tent, roll up my sleeping bag, and getting everything to the baggage truck early enough in the morning was often a hassle.
Yes it is still part of the deal.
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Originally Posted by limelitesc
You haul firewood?
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The RAGBRAI route with pass through towns and routed roads is announced. https://ragbrai.com/2011/03/13/dowloa...rai-route-map/
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If you do the route later in the day you'll see all sorts of groups that carry all their equipment. I rode last year with SKA (Self Kontained Alcoholics), a couple dozen partiers who rode self-supported on touring bikes, cargo bikes, tandems, etc. Or you could be like Team Bad Boy, who in addition to all the usual touring gear, carry large ice-chests, an oil-drum grill, fully-stocked bar, generator-powered soundsystem, even a porcelain kitchen sink.
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Originally Posted by Gus Riley
Panniers and a trailer?! You are going heavy!
It sounds heavy to me too, but I betcha it`s lighter than the rig you started the transam on last year
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Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
It sounds heavy to me too, but I betcha it`s lighter than the rig you started the transam on last year
Maybe, but I'm kinda doubting it.
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Originally Posted by robow
and here I thought "bagging it" meant you weren't going to go through with it

+1 That's what I thought too!
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One week! I'll be up at 0500, packed and gone by 0600. First stop, somewhere between or at Silver City for pancakes then a kybo! ")

Glenwood to Atlantic...59.5 miles. Some hills too. Hopefully the heat wave here in the Midwest will be gone by then! Right now the temps are looking to be 89 degrees, with 7 mph from the SSE, and humidity around 64%.

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Why pay reg. and self-support -_-? That said, I'd never let the Register touch my bags.
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Everyone should register even if going serf-supported. DMR puts out alot of funds to keep the ride going and most of the profit goes back to cycling, that said I will be Self-suported also. I have done it the charter route a few times and doing the ride self-supported gives you alot more freedom of doing everything on the ride. I will be leaving from my sisters home and riding 65 miles to the start, do the whole ride then ride back to my sisters on the west side. Will log close to 900 miles total. Have rode 700 miles commuting and weekend rides with the panniers loaded to close to the weight i will do Ragbrai with. If you don't like HOT this will not be the year to ride Ragbrai........Heat Index through this week 110 to 115!
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Nice to hear you are still kicking. Looks like this will be a hot ride all good wishes

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One week! I'll be up at 0500, packed and gone by 0600. First stop, somewhere between or at Silver City for pancakes then a kybo! ")

Glenwood to Atlantic...59.5 miles. Some hills too. Hopefully the heat wave here in the Midwest will be gone by then! Right now the temps are looking to be 89 degrees, with 7 mph from the SSE, and humidity around 64%.

See you there!
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Good to see you're still at it Catfish! Are you be doing RAGBRAI this year? Yes it is going to be hot. I think as we go it will begin to cool down into the mid sixties at night...that will be good.

Konasutra, one of my two TransAm ride partners rides a Sutra. He loves it. It's a 2011 model, if I hadn't already sprung for a LHT the year before, I would have definitly purchased the Kona instead. My better-half is shuttling us over to Glenwood this year (from central Illinois). We'll accumalate right around 600 miles total for RAGBRAI and our return ride home from Davenport. I think we'll be camping out in the park there at Davenport on Saturday evening (last day of RAGBRAI), and then we're riding south and home.
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Might forgo the mess at the end in Davenport and stay in Walcott the last night. Really can't see going the 10 miles to Davenport to play in the traffic jam with all the Rag. people and BIX group the last day. Not big on the dip thing at the end.
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My tent don't take up much room. Once set up, I'll be on foot for the evening, it shouldn't be too bad. I have to go that way anyway, so there I'll have to be. Sunday morning should be an easy ride out of town.
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On my way to ragbrai by bike right now....

Actually, I'm hunkered down in a library basement, wondering if I should go out in the heat, or wait until tonight and ride in a thunderstorm. Heat index is currently 108. Ulp.
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It is bad right now! It's going to get a bit worse in the next several days. Hopefully things will start to get tamer by Saturday night in Glenwood.
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Envious of getting to ride to/fro RAGBRAI. We're cheating this year.

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