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Travel to the Start of RAGBRAI

Opening Meeting Travel TimeMid-Route Stop and Lunch


Opening Meeting
We will conduct a very brief opening meeting to explain how to meet us at the end of RAGBRAI after all participants have checked in, all bicycles and baggage have been loaded, and we have completed our final head count. We will also show the RAGBRAI RIDE RIGHT DVD presentation on our charter coach bus if it has a DVD player.

  • Click Here for more information about the opening meeting.

Travel Time
Information for the current year is highlighted and all times are estimates only unless otherwise noted. The actual times experienced may vary significantly from these estimates, particulary if there are limited roads serving the starting town and/or due to heavy traffic, and will be updated based on our experience every year.

Based on previous experience, we assume an average travel speed of 57 miles per hour which also includes the time spent at the mid-route stop and lunch (see below).

Starting Town
Sunset
Mileage
Actual
Departure
Time
Travel
Time
Arrival
Time
Minimum
Remaining
Daylight
Akron
8:54 pm
580
-
10:10
7:55 pm
0:58
Council Bluffs
8:47 pm
472
-
8:16
6:01 pm
2:45
Glenwood
(2016)
8:47 pm*
493*
8:45 am*
8:45*
5:30 pm*
3:17*
Hawarden
8:55 pm
621
-
10:53
8:38 pm
0:16
Le Mars
8:53 pm
568
-
9:57
7:42 pm
1:10
Missouri Valley
8:48 pm
471
-
8:15
6:00 pm
2:47
Onawa
8:50 pm
508
-
8:54
6:39 pm
2:10
Orange City
(2017)
8:55 pm*
584
8:12 am*
9:57*
6:09 pm*
2:46*
Rock Rapids
8:55 pm
612
-
10:44
8:29 pm
0:25
Rock Valley*
(2014)
8:59 pm*
602*
9:00 am*
10:30*
7:30 pm*
2:29*
Sergeant Bluff
8:52 pm
536
-
9:24
7:09 pm
1:42
Sidney
8:45 pm
525
-
9:13
6:57 pm
1:47
Sioux Center
8:54 pm
587
-
10:18
8:02 pm
0:51
Sioux City*
(2015)
8:58 pm*
544*
9:30 am*
9:38*
7:08 pm*
1:40*
* = actual values

Arrival times are based on a departure time of 9:00 am from Chicago, a 45 minute mid-route stop, and an average speed of 57 mph.

Regardless of the RAGBRAI starting town, it will be a very long ride from Chicago. Not including the mid-route stop the ride duration will be anywhere between about seven and a half to over ten hours.

Although our arrival time at the start of RAGBRAI will vary year after year, we expect to arrive no later than about 8:00 pm. This will give you at least an hour to get set up, check out the RAGBRAI expo and pick up your bike if you shipped it there, get some food, and get ready for the next day's ride. Unfortunately you may not have the opportunity to dip your rear tire in the Missouri River, particularly if you have to ride 5-10 miles to it.

Mid-Route Stop and Lunch

Flying J
3231 Adventureland Dr.
Altoona, IA 50009
(515) 967-7878
I-80 Exit 142, US 65

  • Click Here for the mid-route stop and lunch location overlaid on satellite imagery.

This truck stop/travel plaza has lots of different restaurants available within an easy walking distance and is situated directly along our route from Chicago in order to minimize the time spend getting on and off the highway.

We anticipate arriving there at approximately 2:15 pm, about 5 hours and 45 minutes after departing Chicago, and we will stop there for about 45 minutes. You will be able to get out of the bus and stretch your legs, get some fresh air, use the restroom, and buy some lunch and snacks if you did not bring your own. We will also be able to get fuel for our vehicles and our drivers will be able to take a break. Before we depart we will conduct another head count to make sure no one gets left behind.

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