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Deep Mountain Retreat Center,...

Deep Mountain Retreat Center, between Elkader and Littleport in Clayton Cty, NE Iowa. 319/245-1006

Rambling country farmhouse on private 300 (or so) acre preserve. $15 per nite per person, last time I checked. This is the peaceful Iowa countryside at its finest!!

Undeveloped camping also available for nominal fee. Trail conditions permitting, onsite resident caretakers may be bribed to take camping gear back in the 4x4. Guiness is the suggested currency if you plan to attempt such bribery.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 25, 2002

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Tents camping or stay with local residents.

Most folks who participate in RAGBRAI camp in groups. I highly recommend registering with a group with prior RAGBRAI experience, such as an existing team or bike shop.

Blessed are the campers whose group gets the site near the Kybos (port-a-pots).
An IOWA vacation is very economical. Getting there with your bike (in one piece) is another matter financially. I recommend shipping your bike from a local bike shop via UPS to a bike shop in IOWA near the start of the ride. Several bikers I saw at the airport were very angry at the airline for damaging their bikes before the ride.

Get a good leak-proof tent. Bring a radio that you can listen to the weather report. Before you go to sleep, identify the nearest tornado shelter and plan your escape if needed.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Cycling
  • Written August 25, 2002
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While we stayed in hotels in...

While we stayed in hotels in Iowa (because they are MUCH cheaper than other parts of the country), you may want to explore bed and breakfast or camping options or just try to hook up with someone from one of Iowa's universities (of which Grinnell College is but one).

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  • Written August 25, 2002

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