I just watched the 2015 RAGBRAI Route Announcement. I won’t be going this year (again), but it’s always nice to know where the ride will be.
The start town is an ‘oldie but goodie,’ Sioux City. Here’s the description from the RAGBRAI blog entry on the announcement:
SIOUX CITY: This is where it all began in 1973 with Des Moines Register columnist Donald Kaul and Register writer and copy editor John Karras. Of this year’s overnight towns, it’s the one that has been most frequently visited by RAGBRAI over the years — July’s visit to the Missouri River city will be the second in six years.
I haven’t been there (yet). I really do wish I could go this year…but I’ve other plans which I will describe in another post hopefully sooner than later.
The ending town is one I’ve visited, Davenport.
DAVENPORT: RAGBRAI concluded here in 2011, as well. This is where the ceremonial dipping of the front tire in the Mississippi began in 1973. The city has earned its own reputation for impressive outdoor endurance events through the annual Bix 7 race, combined with the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival.
The whole ride is going to be a nice distance, 462 miles with about 16,000 feet of climbing along the way.
RAGBRAI, I wish you the best in 2015!
As for me, no, I won’t be there – maybe next year and for sure I’ll be back sometime. But I’m going to be on another ride this year. It’s going to be a bit shorter, quite a bit, but still it’ll take place over seven days and it should be a lot of fun. As I said, more on that later.
Here’s a hint…