Des Moines, Iowa — We knew several weeks ago that RAGBRAI bike riders would be in northwest Iowa. Rock Valley was announced as the starting town. We also knew that somehow they would have to get to Okoboji as it is the first overnight stop on the trip. What we didn’t know was how they were going to get there.
This weekend it was announced that the riders would be coming through Hull, Boyden, Sheldon, Melvin, and May City.
According to RAGBRAI’s map, the ride will start off on Sunday, July 20th, going east on the north side of Rock Valley taking B14 and K42 to get to Highway 18. The riders will then stay on 18 as it makes the one-mile jog at Perkins. Riders will continue through Hull and Boyden on their way to Sheldon. The map shows riders leaving Sheldon going north, on what is presumed to be Country Club Road or Washington Avenue and then meeting up with Northwest Boulevard and picking up B14, traveling east for a few miles. Then they’ll find L40 north and A52 east before jogging a mile north on Highway 59. Then they’ll take A48 through Melvin, do a couple more short jogs and end up in May City before they take A34 to Milford and the lakes area to stay the night.
The ride will also make other overnight stops in Emmetsburg, Forest City, Mason City, Waverly, and Independence on their way to Guttenberg on Saturday, July 26th.