Thursday, January 17, 2008
Warm thoughts on a wintry day
While bracing for the arctic blast that is supposed to follow the 3-5 inches of snow that blanketed Eastern Iowa this morning, I can't help but be warmed by two thoughts: the Packers are a game away from the Super Bowl and RAGBRAI will be here before we know it.
Speaking of RAGBRAI, while checking to see if the overnight towns had been announced, I noticed the 2008 jersey has been unveiled (see picture). For once, I may have to buy one as it truly reflects the RAGBRAI experience. As their sales pitch says, it "invokes the sense of achievement you feel once the view of the water tower from the next Iowa town rises above the beautiful rolling countryside."
I sincerely hope you'll join us this year. Fees have been set at $350. Of this, $175 is due to Coe by March 1 along with a signed waiver from the RAGBRAI Web site. The remaining $175 will be due July 1.
The fee includes the official $125 RAGBRAI entry fee, a Team CoeBRAI jersey and license plate, bus transportation to and from Cedar Rapids and the starting/ending towns, and snacks and non-alcoholic beverages at each overnight stop. This does not include meals, unfortunately, except for dinner at the Coe alumni gathering somewhere along the route. We do hope to negotiate with our hosts at each overnight stop to make some accommodation for meals.
The fee is $50 higher than last year in order to pay our drivers. We’re hoping to hire drivers who will also be willing to set up and/or tear down tents for an extra fee to be negotiated with individual riders who are interested in such a service.
Additionally, participants should plan to spend $20-$30 per day on food and beverages, bike repairs, showers, etc.
RAGBRAI begins somewhere near Iowa’s western border and ends along the eastern border at the Mississippi River. Overnight towns will be announced soon in the Des Moines Register and at www.ragbrai.org. Again this year, we will seek hosts from among the Coe community at each of the overnight towns.
Students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends are all welcome to join Team CoeBRAI. If you are interested, please complete the interest form at http://cobrai.coe.edu.
Team CoeBRAI captain