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Last updated Aug 7, 2021 Edit Source

My RAGBRAI packlist laid out for display

Knolling my RAGBRAI packlist

I just got back from another year of RAGBRAI. Wasn’t sure if it would actually happen because of the new wave of COVID-19 cases. It was cancelled last year. I only did three and a half days of riding from Parkersburg to Clinton.

Originally, I was going to bike out to the route and back and meet up with my team, but when my friend Mike said he was going to come all the way over from Switzerland, I adjusted my plans so that I could help him get to the route/team and share any gear with him that he may have needed.

I still kept my gear to a minimum. The weather forecast called for hot days and nights with very little chance of precipitation.

** Special note about food/water. I am glad I brought bars, gel blocks, hydration tablets, cold-soak meals. Being a vegetarian on RAGBRAI is still hard to do. On top of that, everything is pricier and in smaller quantities. Water, was scarce when I needed it. I really wished it was more available in the overnight towns. I get done with the ride and want to refill bottles, get a bit extra so that I can recover and start the next day hydrated.

# Packing List

# Didn’t use

In addition to the above packing list, I was a bit cautious with my packing plan and added an extra pair of padded shorts, an extra battery pack and a 4L water bladder but didn’t use them.

# Wished I had brought

# Final Thoughts

It hit me this year. RAGBRAI is a celebration of bikes with bike-loving people. It isn’t a scenic trip (if you have done it a lot) and it shouldn’t be a fitness challenge. I remember sitting at a beer tent in the middle of the route, miles away from the nearest town and thinking about how all of these folks rode out to this farm on their bikes just because and to hang out together and have a beer and maybe some shade. I just thought that was neat. For a while I started to favor other bike trips instead of RAGBRAI, but it really should be in a separate category. Instead I should just factor in how many vacation days I can spare so that I can continue to ride RAGBRAI.

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