RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) is a week-long bike ride across the state of Iowa at the end of July. This July will mark the 47th annual ride, will you be joining in the fun? Along with your bike, helmet, water bottle, and sunscreen, you should plan to bring some cash so you can enjoy some good eats and treats along the ride’s route. Below, I’ll walk through what a typical day of RAGBRAI spending on food may look like.
To begin the morning, I like to find Farm Boys for a breakfast burrito. You may have to wait in a bit of a line, but the burrito is worth it! This meal will be in the $7-$8 range. While in town, I’ll also try to find a local coffee shop to get my energy levels up. This will be an additional $2-$4 depending on what kind of coffee drink you prefer.
After riding for an hour or two, I’m ready for a snack stop. There are many, many different foods to choose from but I usually try to find some watermelon. It’s light, refreshing, and pretty easy to find at almost any stop along the ride. This will usually only cost a few dollars depending on how many slices you eat and sometimes it’s a free-will donation, so I’ll figure $5 worth of watermelon will be enough to cover the cost plus a bit extra to donate to the organization.
Another few hours goes by and it’s time for lunch, keep your eyes wide open for the signs directing you towards Mr. Pork Chop. This is a staple on the RAGBRAI route and a must-have for new riders! This will cost somewhere around $8 for one pork chop on a stick, if you can manage more be sure to figure that amount in.
Now it’s time to ride off that pork chop! But hopefully you saved room for some ice cream from Beekman’s. Usually there is signage alerting riders when to expect the stop to be, but you’ll also be able to hear this stop! The ice cream is made on-the-spot for riders and the churns use old time motors to run their machines. This stop will cost around $5.
At the end of the day, you’ll be able to enjoy a local meal within the overnight town. Many times, town churches will host dinners and there are usually a number of restaurants within walking (or short biking) distance. Let’s account for $10 with this meal because it will likely be the largest of the day.
Our grand total for the day is $40. And be aware, there are many treats other than food to purchase along the way. So make sure you have cash on hand to refuel and re-hydrate at each town, and in between.Please note, the above prices are estimates and are not an exact reflection of what a vendor may charge.