Ran into this fellow tonight, he didn't have much to say, but bet he could be a riot once he loosens up.
I've been thinking about what I want to ride tomorrow. RAGBRAI finishes in Dubuque, my town, tomorrow. There will be over 15,000 bicyclist ending their journey across Iowa down at the Mississippi River.
Option I: Is to just ride the flood damaged gravel roads on my CX and there would be pavement crossings that the riders will be going by on. Take pictures and watch em roll through.
Option II: Is to get on my skinnie tired road bike and ride out early 40 miles out on pavement, and hook up with the mass and ride back in. The group is riding through town, and ending up on the banks of the Mississippi River. There is live music starting at 9:00 a.m. and lasting all day and night. Sounds like beer and tunes are gonna happen.
I think I will take option II. I enjoy most, the gravel travel lately, weaving in and out of ruts and hopping around, and the thick country side and peacefulness of the solitude. But to be able to ride with thousands like this, streets blocked off, through this town, the opportunity may never come to me again. I love bicycling and this shouldn't be missed.
I've been working on a route, that I hope avoids the very early riders, I won't be able to go against the flow, it would never work. So I have mapped out a route that I think will work. I know a batch of riders on the ride, but running into them probably won't happen.